Published: 16:00, 28 July 2014 |
Updated: 16:31, 28 July 2014
Thanet North MP Sir Roger Gale has urged Thanet Council to accept an offer by an American investment company to help it acquire Manston Airport using planning powers.
It follows an announcement by RiverOak, which tried unsuccessfully to buy the airport from owner Ann Gloag, that it has offered to act as the council's formal partner in a buyout.
Company chief executive Stepehen DeNardo said his firm would cover the costs of a CPO and take on all the financial risk.
Sir Roger said the decision had become more pressing as he understood there was to be a second auction of equipment, including landing lights and the air traffic control system.
He said: "The council is going to have to take a decision this week.
"If they go for a CPO and RiverOak is the preferred partner, they can stop the sale of assets through an injunction.
"If Thanet council wants to save the airport, then it has to take a decision this week. They have got to act and get the process going.
"They need to agree to a CPO and enter into an agreement with RiverOak."
But the deputy Labour leader of Thanet council says he is unhappy with the way RiverOak has acted.
The company has asked the council to agree with its proposal within 21 days.
Richard Nicholson said: "It is an interesting development.
"We had no idea it was coming and personally I am not happy about it.
"We are not going to do business with people like this. We are looking at a CPO and getting legal advice and will make a decision in time."
Asked if he felt the council was being bounced into an agreement with RiverOak, he said: "You might think that but I couldn't possibly comment.
"I can understand why people would say this is an attempt to bounce us into something, but if RiverOak thinks that, they are sadly mistaken.
"This is a very strange way to go about things."
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.