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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Question by Rob Bird to Mike Whiting, Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport & Waste

July 11, 2019 7:22 PM

Following the news that Manston Airport is to be imminently sold to a group which plans to reopen it as an airport, could the Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste please clarify what implications this will have on the contingency arrangements for the site to be used as a lorry park in the event of a no-deal Brexit?

Answer

The Department for Transport has given assurances to KCC there will no implications. Our understanding is that as a condition of the sale there are contractual obligations placed upon the new owners to lease back for a nominal consideration the site to the existing
owners to carry out their contractual obligations with the Department for Transport (DfT).