Potential Chinese or Russian interest in the Manston Airport site

Andrew McCulloch made this Freedom of Information request to Thanet District Council

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Dear Thanet District Council,

During 2016, or possibly the latter half of 2015, it has been reported that TDC were approached by interests with either Russian or Chinese (or indeed both) connections with regard to the Manston Airport site.

In order to avoid the possibility of potential “fake news” being circulated I would be grateful for confirmation of the following

1. Whether there has been any contact regarding the Manston Airport site from persons representing Russian and/or Chinese interests.
2. If the answer to Question 1 is “Yes”, then were these contacts interested in developing the site as a commercial airport?
3. If the answer to Question 1 is “Yes”, then are such contacts still “live”

Since it is difficult to distinguish between state and private enterprise in both Russia and China the term “Russian and/or Chinese interests” should be taken to mean either or both types of enterprise.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew McCulloch

TDC FOI, Thanet District Council

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Information Governance Officer

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Dear TDC FOISupport,

Thank you for replying. Unfortunately your reply did not include a response - you told me that the response was below (presumably attached ) but there was nothing there.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew McCulloch

TDC FOISupport, Thanet District Council

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Dear Mr McCulloch,

Thank you for your communication dated 25 September 2017 and I am sorry to hear that there was a problem with viewing our response to your information request.

I have attached a copy of the response for your convenience which I hope you will find satisfactory, however, if there are any further problems, please do email [email address]

Kind regards

Information Governance Officer
Thanet District Council
Margate
CT9 1XZ

01843 577620