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Manston latest: US company says council report is 'misleading'

An investment company which had hoped to put money into Manston Airport - and reopen it - has accused the local council of "misleading" local voters. And it says their report is "full of inaccuracies and omissions".

Only last week, Thanet Council decided against a compulsory purchase, or CPO, of the airport which closed down last spring. Campaigners trying to keep the airstrip open were disappointed.

Stephen DeNardo from Riveroak, the investment company, told ITV News Meridian via Skype why he considered the council's report so misleading.

Thanet Council told us it considered Riveroak's comments to be "inflammatory and inaccurate" - and it repeated that the risks involved in pursuing a CPO would be totally unacceptable in the circumstances.

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New hope for Manston

After having an offer of around £5 million to buy Manston airport rejected, a Riveroak representative has told Meridian "We don't think the bid was too low but clearly the owner thinks it's too low. And there will be further discussions with the owner."

Tony Freudmann, once the airport's operations director said new talks are planned : "The discussions will be confidential and will be conducted by the CEO of RiverOak in person.

"Ultimately it depends on the response of the present owner but I think that when she hears from the Chief Executive of RiverOak that she will decide that it's a fair offer and she should accept."

Talks are planned for today or tomorrow.

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Full report: anger at Manston air show

There are calls tonight for an investigation into Manston air show - after thousands of people had to sit in traffic queues for hours.

Hundreds of people are demanding their money back, calling the event a 'shambles'. One driver said it took her seven hours to travel five miles.

Others complained that, on arrival, there was a lack of basic facilities, with huge queues for the toilets. John Ryall was at the air show at the weekend - and has been following the story as it's unfolded today

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