Put up or shut up Press Release

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Andrew McCulloch

Dear Thanet District Council,

The following press release appeared on the TDC website of 5th August 2015.

"As part of its commitment to review the position on the Manston Airport site, Thanet District Council has today (Wednesday 5 August) issued a final request to Riveroak’s solicitors for the financial evidence promised by the company in early July.

The council re-opened discussions with Riveroak following a Cabinet decision on 14 July which recommended the council review its position.

Since that time, the council has corresponded with Riveroak to try to establish whether they could be considered a suitable indemnity partner for a compulsory purchase order on the site.

The council cannot take forward any decision to appoint an indemnity partner until it is satisfied that there is evidence that the finances, or guaranteed access to finances, required to underwrite a CPO process are in place.

Council Leader, Cllr Chris Wells, said: 'We have to be absolutely certain that the financial evidence is in place. I look forward to receiving the information as promised to provide the assurances we need in order to progress.'”

Who wrote this press release, who issued instructions for it to be written and who approved it for publication?

Yours faithfully,

Andrew McCulloch

Nadine Barnett, Thanet District Council

Ref No:80014
Subject:CPO Press Release
Dear Mr Mcculloch
Thank you for your correspondence of 06/08/2015 requesting information
about a recent press release that appeared on Thanet District Council's
website on the 5th August.
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within 20 working days. 
If you have any queries about this request, please contact me quoting the
reference number above.
Yours sincerely,
Nadine Barnett
Systems Officer (currently seconded to Customer Contact and Engagement)

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Justine Wingate, Thanet District Council

Ref No: 80014
Subject:Cpo Press Release
Dear Mr Mcculloch
Thank you for your communication received on 06/08/2015  where you
requested information about the recent statement regarding the Manston
Airport CPO.
The information you requested is as follows:
On instruction from the Leader of the Council the statement was written by
the council’s Interim Head of Communications and approved for publication
by the Leader and Chief Executive.
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Yours sincerely,
Justine Wingate
Communications Manager

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