KCC View on Manston Airport Site

Oscar Maynard made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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Dear Kent County Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information.

On 5 June 2015, Paul Carter appeared in an interview on BBC South East news (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-33025...). In this interview, Paul Carter stated that Wynard Park Ltd's debts were "down to £3 million" and that he believed they were a "robust, strong company". This piece on BBC South East portrays these comments as the view of Kent County Council.

Is this the official stance adopted by Kent County Council? Were other elected or non-elected members consulted?

What information has Paul Carter (or Kent County Council) based these views on? Has evidence been provided that Wynard Park Ltd. has only £3 million in debt?

Has Kent County Council (or any elected or non-elected members) seen any business plans from Mr. Cartner and Mr. Musgrave for their future plans for the site?

Kent County Council continues to support the re-development proposed by Mr. Cartner and Mr. Musgrave - but has there been any evidence provided that they have the funds available to do so?

Yours faithfully,
Oscar Maynard

Kent County Council

Dear Mr Maynard

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 3rd July 2015 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/15/0929 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Dear Kent County Council,

The response to my request has been delayed. By law, KCC should normally have responded promptly and by 3 July 2015.

I request an urgent response and an internal investigation. Time after time KCC have delayed in answering FOI requests, and I would like to know why.

Yours faithfully,
Oscar Maynard

Kent County Council

Dear Mr Maynard

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to Manston Airport. Please accept my
sincere apologies for the slight delay in responding to you; I appreciate
that the Council has not complied with statutory timescales on this
occasion.

 

On 6th June, you asked four questions under the Freedom of Information Act
relating to the interview that the County Council’s Leader gave to the BBC
on 5th June ([1]http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-33025...

 

Your first question was whether Mr Carter’s statements reflected the
official stance adopted by Kent County Council, and whether other elected 
or non-elected members consulted? Mr Carter gave a presentation on Manston
Airport’s position under private ownership to the Council’s Growth and
Economic Development Committee on 14th April 2015 and his views were
supported by the Committee.

 

Your second question was about the information on which the Leader’s
statements were made  and whether evidence had been provided that Wynard
Park Ltd. has £3 million in debt. Mr Carter has seen the statements made
by the Directors of Wynyard Park Limited about the company’s indebtedness,
and the letter confirming this from the company’s statutory auditors.

 

Your third question was whether Kent County Council (or any elected or
non-elected members) seen any business plans from Mr Cartner and Mr.
Musgrave for their future plans for the Manston site. Mr Cartner and Mr
Musgrave gave a public presentation on their plans for Manston which Mr
Carter attended for a short while. Sean Holden, Deputy Cabinet Member for
Economic Regeneration attended the entirety of the event.

 

Your fourth question was whether any evidence had been provided  to Kent
County Council that Mr Cartner and Mr Musgrave have the funds available to
do to support the proposed re-development. The Council has not been
provided with details of the proposed funding arrangements for the
proposed development at Manston: we would not expect to see these at this
stage of the master-planning process.

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[2]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/15/0929.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [3]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

Catherine Byford | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Internal: 415913 | External: 03000 415913 |
[4]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Dear Kent County Council,

In regards to my third question (whether Kent County Council has seen any business plans from Mr Cartner and Mr. Musgrave for their future plans for the Manston site).

You responded that Mr. Carter and Mr. Holden attended a presentation, I presume you are refering to the (non-public) press event on 18th June 2015.

However, I would like to know whether KCC has seen any business plans on or before 5th June 2015, when Mr. Carter made a statement to the BBC.

Yours faithfully,
Oscar Maynard

Kent County Council

Dear Mr Maynard

 

Thank you for your email, which I have passed onto the relevant team to
deal with. 

 

To clarify, this is now being dealt with as a follow-on query to your
previous request, under the same reference number FOI/15/0929.

 

I will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible.

 

Best regards

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Kent County Council

Dear Maynard

Thank you for your email.

As you are aware, we should have replied to your request for information as soon as possible but no later than 3rd July 2015. Unfortunately, information falling within the scope of your request was not forthcoming from the service unit holding it, which subsequently caused a delay in responding to your request. As a result, we exceed statutory timescales by 1 day. I agree that this is unacceptable and I apologise unreservedly. I therefore uphold your complaint.

If you are still unhappy, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the Information Commissioner’s website http://ico.org.uk/concerns, or you can phone the ICO Helpline on 0303 123 1113.

Best regards

Sandra Town | Information Governance Specialist | Information Resilience & Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone: 03000 416780 | http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

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Kent County Council

Dear My Maynard

 

Thank you for your follow on request for information below. I am pleased
to provide the response below:

 

I would like to know whether KCC has seen any business plans on or before
5th June 2015, when Mr. Carter made a statement to the BBC.

 

KCC has seen the site plan that Mr Cartner and Mr Musgrave published as
part of their public consultation on the options for the use of the site.
This is in line with our reply to your request for information which said:

 

‘Your third question was whether Kent County Council (or any elected or
non-elected members) has seen any business plans from Mr Cartner or Mr
Musgrave for their future plans for the Manston site. Mr Cartner and Mr
Musgrave gave a public presentation on their plans for Manston on 17^th
June. Sean Holden, Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration
attended the entirety of the event, and Mr Carter attended for a short
while. The Leader has been shown the draft concept plan by David Smith.
KCC has not seen their financial plan for Manston.’

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/15/0929.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
|

 

 

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