PwC to review decisions about Manston Airport’s future

19 March 2015 (Last Updated March 19th, 2015 18:30)

The British Government has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to review the processes so far on decisions related to the future of Manston Airport located in the District of Thanet in Kent.

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The British Government has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to review the processes so far on decisions related to the future of Manston Airport located in the District of Thanet in Kent.

A 45-day staff consultation in March last year, resulted in the closure of the airport two months later, leading to loss of 144 jobs.

However, following the closure, various campaign groups petitioned the local council to issue a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to re-open the airport.

"The independent consultancy we have appointed will strengthen the ability of Thanet District Council to find the right deal to secure Manston's future."

The move to appoint PwC was a part of the government's commitment to support Thanet District Council in their efforts to secure Manston's future, the UK government said in a statement.

The UK department for transport (DfT) appointed an independent consultant as the Thanet District Council could not agree on a suitable indemnity partner in a CPO.

The government further stated that its long-term economic plan for South Thanet involved creating more jobs to provide people with a regular wage and the Manston airport had an important role to play in that.

UK Transport Minister John Hayes was said to have met the council, local MPs and residents to work towards this.

John Hayes said: "The independent consultancy we have appointed will strengthen the ability of Thanet District Council to find the right deal to secure Manston's future.

"I am determined to deliver on the Prime Minister's commitment that the government does all it can to support the people of Thanet, to create more jobs and to boost the local economy. That's what our long-term economic plan is all about."

PwC will present its report to the DfT and the council in May 2015.


Image: The consultants will review the progress regarding the decision of reopening the Manston Airport that was shut down in 2014. Photo: courtesy of UK department for transport/Crown copyright.