Friday, April 18, 2008

What Goes Around Comes Around. Again. And Again And Again And Again And Again...

Well it didn't take long for Infratil to find a replacement for Oasis, did it? Now we have those well-known Canada-crashers MK blasting our town with their 400 tonne lump of flying crap every eight minutes for hours on end.

Word is that Ostend Council are closing their airport, where MK are usually based. (Sensible chaps, the Belgians.) And that Infratil have just signed a contract to ship heavy mining equipment in huge Illyushin transporters to South Africa. So we can expect to see more of this folly in the future.

There's also talk that the next meeting of the RAF London Kent Ramsgate Manston International Airport Consultative Committee might be open to members of the public. Should that be the case, and should airport boss Matt Clarke actually deign to turn up this time, I shall certainly be up on my feet in protest. Does anyone know where I can hire a very loud megaphone?

Click here to read about MK's appalling safety record in The Times

31 comments:

Observer said...

It may be that the Airport at Ostende is going to concentrate on passengers rather than freight, judging by the numbers here:-
http://www.ost.aero/engels/frameset_b2b.htm
their freight traffic is dropping faster than TDC's popularity rating !
The planes maybe Anatovs rather than Illyushins, either way they are Russian and noisy !!

Anonymous said...

Temporary closure from mid-May to mid-Juneapparently.

Ian J said...

Who cares? not you local council for sure, mind you half of them can't hear the planes for trough contents in their ears.

When they are scraping blood, bone and 'fresh green beans' off the ground in Ramsgate town centre, we can all listern to how sorry they feel!

Mind you if it crashed on the council chamber during a meeting, I bet you wouldn't find a lot of backbone in the rubble, just a whole load of ........

Hob-Nob's for the best suggestion

Anonymous said...

I make that about 1.6 tonnes of CO2 pumped into our atmosphere by that poxy plane so far today. Or to put it another way the same amount as me driving my car 7,647 miles. And all it will have earnt Infratil is £8000, of which the Thanet economy will see, what, £80?

Anonymous said...

live near an AIRPORT-expect planes
live near a motorway -expect cars
live near nimby's-expect an annoying whine
if you do not like it,Move

Anonymous said...

To use the description of TDC in this week's Private Eye, they are 'supine'. In other words they roll over and have their tummies tickled every time the word 'jobs' is mentioned or 'development'. They seem to be making the right noises to Waterbridge over Dreamland but it is all froth you wait and see. When will our councillors grow some b*lls and when will we get some decent officials running the council?

Anonymous said...

Why the f*ck don't you move to f*cking Heathrow anon 4:15 if you love these polluting f*cking planes so much?

Eastcliff Richard said...

Don't worry, anon. 4:19, I expect the Curse of ECR to work its voodoo on MK some time soon. Er, as long as it's only the company that crashes this time.

Tony said...

I don't think the aircraft have done nearly as much damage to the community as your local flame lovers, and TDC.
Anon 3:12PM can you work out how much pollution has been caused by the local traffic in a day?
Anon 4:19, bit of a lost cause having a debate with you if that type of statement is all you can come up with.

Anonymous said...

Ermm, airport = aircraft DUUHHHH.

Eastcliff Richard said...

Yes, on second thoughts do keep the language down anon 4:19pm. As for the amount of pollution caused by local traffic Tony, surely that would be there anyway. The argument appears to be about the senseless, additional emission of CO2 caused by a blasted Jumbo going round in pointless circles all day. Not to mention the noise pollution.

steve said...

tony "i love the smell of aviation fuel in the morning", cars are dropping people at work, taking children to school etc etc. Circling jumbo is dumping tonnes of co2 for absolutely no benefit to anyone - aprt from infratil, 2 air traffic controllers, the pilot and his mate.

how many people do you think get transport benefit for 7,647 car miles on the isle.

I can hear swampy turning in his tunnel

Anonymous said...

Look, we live in a town in close proximity to an airfield that's been established for over 90 years, so anyone choosing to live here has to accept that. (ECR, you may have been here longer so I'll forgive you).

Having a jumbo fly over your head is clearly annoying for some (Not me - ex RAF - I love it!), but the frequency of flights often stated here is like a sort of demented Daily Heil (..oops, I mean Mail) headline!

If utter peaceful tranquility is imperative in your life, you've chosen a poor location to live/retire/immigrate to I'm afraid.

Lucy Mail said...

'Fraid I'm gonna have to agree with the anti-antis on this one.
Bearing in mind that the most perilous part of any flight is the take-off and landing, it seems that this should warrant quite intensive training for any pilot.
It also seems that some kind of runway would be a prerequisite for said training, and we do have a rather large and well established one right on our doorstep!
So it's really not a case of 'the senseless, additional emission of CO2 caused by a blasted Jumbo going round in pointless circles all day' that you, quite wrongly, point out that it is, Richard. Something that you should appreciate on your safe return from your next trip to Cuba, for your cigars.

tony said...

Steve "aprt from infratil, 2 air traffic controllers, the pilot and his mate." correct they all have a connection to the airport, and do with an airport what airports do.

Anonymous said...

MMMMMM....Manston started as a RAF station which was exempted from building and planning regulations.

So some of the posters should also understand that in planning terms; if a proposal was to be brought forward to TDC as a new build [airport] it would not be built due to many reasons...discuss?

Justin Brown said...

What a fuss about nothing.
If you want to hear some stories about thrusting tuboids and unwanted deposits, I've a few to tell!

steve said...

lucy, pilots don't have to train on our doorstep. Plenty of other places more suited to it.

tony, you have hit the nail on the head. 1 pilot and his dog verses the rest of thanet. the benefit of the few verses the misery of all others (except you).

and all - remember the airport was originally placed there when planes were made of wood and canvas, and no match for the victorian piles we live in.

I thank you

Eastcliff Richard said...

I'm hardly likely to fly cargo class, though, am I Lucy!

Tony said...

Steve, you are doing it yet again, can you back your statement "1 pilot and his dog verses the rest of thanet. the benefit of the few verses the misery of all others (except you)." with proof. There has still been no official vote as far as I'm aware. As you correctly point out the airport has been here many years, before you were born I suspect, yet you still chose to live near it.

steve said...

tony, you are correct. 1 pilot, his dog, you, lucy, drmoores, TDC etc etc for.

my immediate neighbours, ECR, a couple of anons against.

Nothing to back it up, on either side.

If I had have been around before it was there, I doubt I would know what a computer was, let alone be using one.

Bet you a fiver that when the "masterplan" comes out for KIA, you won't be supporting it

steve said...

and tony - if everyone who didn't like living near the airport took the choice to move out, suggest ramsgate would be in a worse situation than it was now.

suggest, not caterorically state, so don't ask for yougov results!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it about time some of the confused minds commenting here differentiate between an 'airport' and and 'air base'? I would be happy to live near an air base and have done in the past. However Manston has only been an airport for ten years, and pretty dismally at that, which in no way justifies its continued existence. It is surely time to pull the plug on its taxpayers life support - or get the Brylcreem Boys back.

Anonymous said...

Sad Nimbys who will whine on regardless of what is going on.

If Manston remains an airport/airbase expect aircarft, if you don't like them then move. You shouldn't have gone to live there in the first place!

It might just end up adding to the economy of the Isle. And as for pollution, your hot air and pathetic rantings are just as annoying!!

Anonymous said...

Anon 12-00.....I live next to an airfield, it was not there when I moved in, it came later. Those that use it don't like it when locals complain, so useing your logic why did they put it near houses. Why don't they p*ss off somewhere else.

'MR X'

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:00am what a sad Jurassic twat.

Anonymous said...

What a sad old bunch of t*ssers on here. Don't like an airport on your doorstep then move your bleedin' doorstep. Good to see the sense of fairness on here as well, highlighting "MK's appalling safety record" with a FOUR year old report - to*ser.

steve said...

Anons - 10:43am, 12:00am, and tony. Is town a nicer place with large jet aircraft at very low altitude overhead at various times of the day or night? yes or no?

Tony said...

Steve, is the the town a nice place, period.

steve said...

Tony accept Ramsgate has its problems, but I'm just alking about the airport.

Better with planes at 300ft, or better without?

as anyone who dares speak out about the airport, you could always move.

Tony said...

Steve, trying to make sense of your sentence, why would I want to move?