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MP backs calls for 'Compulsory Purchase' of Manston Airport

The North Thanet MP, Sir Roger Gale, has backed calls for Thanet District Council to place a Compulsory Purchase Order on Manston Airport. The airfield shut last week after a number of failed bids to purchase the site. Around 150 jobs were lost.

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Calls for Manston Airport to be taken over by council

Campaigners are calling for the owners of Manston Airport to be forced to sell the site to the local council. They say it is the only way to safeguard its future as an airport.

A last ditch offer from an American company was turned down, and the airport closed on Thursday with the loss of 144 jobs. Now the local MP Sir Roger Gale believes Thanet District Council should buy the site, and then sell or lease it to an aviation company.

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