Ruth Bailey for South Thanet 2015
“I have lived in Broadstairs now for several years and was a frequent visitor before that. I am an extremely proud mother of three grown children and a grandmother to five lovely grandchildren. I have been a Primary School Teacher for 21 years and now work part-time. Since settling in Broadstairs I have participated in lots of voluntary work and attended local meetings. I have volunteered in the Broadstairs Information Kiosk for four years and participated in other voluntary activities such as beach cleans, painting the harbour breakwater, and other local initiatives.
I was part of the original Committee of Save Manston Airport and jointly organised the Winter Gardens and Marlowe Academy Public Meetings. I have also jointly organised many fundraising and promotional events including Music for Manston, Quiz Nights, the Margate Carnival, Marches and Rallies.
In September the majority of the original Committee evolved into the Supporters of Manston Airport in order to become a more organised and professional campaign and support group. The Committee has regular contact with all parties involved in the campaign to reverse the injustice of what has happened to Manston Airport.
The Airport is our greatest local asset and has a fantastic history which should not be obliterated by a ruthless company from outside our area who has no regard for local feeling. Manston Airport could, if given a proper chance, have a proud and successful future. This chance is being offered by the American company RiverOak who have produced a long-term, far-reaching business plan for a vibrant local airport. These plans will provide much needed jobs, training and apprenticeships for an economically deprived Thanet.
RiverOak have pledged to indemnify Thanet District Council for every penny spent on securing a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on the airport site at NO cost to the taxpayer.
We do not want a sprawling housing estate for a segregated, commuter belt community. We do NOT want the biggest business park in Kent when there are already so many business units already standing empty in Thanet. Thanet wants the kudos of having a thriving International Airport. Thanet has an affinity with the airport that has such a long, proud history. Thanet needs the jobs and apprenticeships that a well managed airport would attract.
I pledge that I will do everything within my power to regain Manston Airport.”