Manston Airport passes Stage 1 of CAA Airspace Change CAP1616 process

RSP is pleased to confirm that Manston Airport has passed Stage 1 of the Civil Aviation Authority’s Airspace Change CAP1616 process. This follows an extensive engagement process, with technical/aviation organisations and local government that begun in Autumn of last year.

The Airspace Design Principles that were developed through the process will be used to provide the framework for the development of Airspace Design Options later year. RSP will then hold full public consultation events and consult widely with local residents, businesses, communities, the public and other stakeholders to seek their…

Manston Skills & Employment Board focuses on maximising local opportunities

The Manston Skills & Employment & Board met to progress their work on a range of training and education initiatives to ensure local people get the maximum benefit from the reopening of Manston Airport. The MSE-Board was established in January 2019 to ensure local people get the maximum benefit from the reopening of Manston Airport. RSP is committed to local recruitment and local procurement, and the MSE-B will ensure people from East Kent have the right skills to take the wide range of jobs that will be created.

The MSE-Board considers the future employment and skills needs of the airport following DCO approval, from…

DCO decision delayed until May 2020

The Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport, Nusrat Ghani MP has today (16 January 2020) made a statement in the House of Commons extending the deadline for the DCO decision to 18 May 2020. While frustrating, the delay is not unexpected – the last five decisions on DCO applications have all been delayed and none have yet been made. Undoubtedly, the recent General Election, ongoing Brexit process and significant infrastructure workload for which the government is responsible have also played a…

RSP supports Isle of Thanet Trees and Woods Initiative with £100,000 donation

RSP is supporting a project to plant more than 1,200 trees in Thanet as part of a £1 million project – The Isle of Thanet Trees and Woods Initiative (ITTWI)

The ITTWI has successfully secured £525,000 from the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, overseen by the Forestry Commission, and is also supported by £100,000 funding from RSP as well as £430,000 labour ‘in kind,’ making a total project value of…

Update on the Airspace Design Principles engagement process

This autumn, RSP started an engagement process to develop Airspace Design Principles for Manston Airport.

At the beginning of October, questionnaires were sent to representatives from statutory consultees, including district and parish councils and technical/aviation organisations, to ask for their input and guidance in shaping Airspace Design Principles.

Airspace Design Consultation update

Next week, the first of a number of stakeholder engagement meetings takes place as part of the Airspace Design Consultation announced on 4 October 2019. The engagement process follows the CAP1616 guidance, set out by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and is designed to be both thorough and comprehensive. At this first meeting, invited representatives from statutory consultees, including both the district and parish councils and technical/aviation organisations, have been invited to provide technical input on safety, environmental and operational matters in relation to designing Manston’s future flight paths.