Lympne Airfield History Society

Lympne Airfield History Society

Our next meeting is taking place on January 10th when David Goldsmith will conclude his record breaking flights made from England to Australia and the rest of the world and back again, with a large slice involving Lympne. David covered the flights to and from Australia in part one, and will now cover flights to South Africa, Brazil, the USA, China and other diverse destinations. Such household names as Amy Johnson, Jim Mollison, Bill Lancaster and many more will feature. Glory, failure, death and heartbreak all play a part in this era.
Then on March 14th Betty Black will be presenting the Skyways story at Lympne in the 1960’s and 70’s. As recently as 1974 you could fly from here to Paris. It is a fascinating story. Betty was there and will speak first hand of those exciting years.

Please feel free to enjoy our continuing celebration of our Airfield in the wonderful surroundings of Lympne Castle’s East Bar. There is no charge. Thanks to Richard and Rod for providing the Castle in this way. For more information please contact: John Simpson 01303 265078
Email: johnsimpson43@btinternet.com Web: www.lympneairfield.com

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Lydd Airport Action Group

LAAG  members are concerned at the knock on effects that would be felt on the Marsh should Otterpool Newtown become a reality and the renewed threat it brings to Lympne Airfield.

In both our interests we are publishing this Press Release which adds to the record of highly questionable behaviour by Shepway District Council.  

             

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Lydd Airport Action Groupwww.lyddairportaction.co.uk

 

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                                       Press Release:  Monday, December 5th, 2016

 

Kent Crime Commissioner urged to speed up delayed Police investigation into suspected bribes accepted by Shepway District Councillors

   

LAAG has written to the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, urging him to take steps to ensure this case is given priority by the Kent Police. The case involves the reported giving of material undisclosed gifts to Shepway District Councillors by Lydd Airport ahead of the determination of its planning application for its large scale development in March 2010. 

 

The case arose from a 2011 High Court judgment (Neutral Citation Number: [2011] EWHC 354 (QB) – Case No: HQ09X00332) involving litigation between the former Managing Director of London Ashford Airport Ltd (Lydd Airport), Zaher Nicola Jeries Deir (Mr Deir) and Fahad Bin Saleh Mohammed Al Athel (Sheikh Fahad al Athel) – the owner of Lydd Airport and associated companies. 

 

There were a number of claims and counter claims by the respective parties in relation to Mr Deir seeking payment of unpaid directorship fees.  The substance of the claims against Mr Deir included that he misused his company credit card and incurred excessive expenditure. Some of the items challenged were items that Mr Deir said constituted gifts to councillors.  The judgment makes clear that there is evidence available and that the sums involved were material.

 

At the determination meeting on March 3rd, 2010, 66% of the 41 councillors present voted for LyddAirport’s development. This was in stark contrast to the 66% of local residents who voted against the development in the earlier referendum conducted by Shepway District Council. There was also strong opposition to the airport’s expansion from the UK’s main national environmental organizations and local opposition groups.

 

This case was first brought to Kent Police’s attention in February 2012, but it was April 2016 before theKent police confirmed that the matter was being investigated (case reference number ZY/035502/14 in the Police National Database).  The investigation is on-going.

 

High priority should be given to the solving of this case as years have passed since the gifts were allegedly made.  Valuable evidence is in danger of being destroyed as institutions are only required to keep records for prescribed periods.  Of more concern to local residents is the knowledge that many of thecouncillors present at the time are still in office, proposing and making decisions about equally controversial developments.  

 

 

Louise Barton

Lydd Airport Action Group

The Hook

Madeira Road

Littlestone

Kent, TN28 8QX

01797 361 548

blmbarton@aol.com

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Lympne Airfield History Society

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Protest march in Hythe

Start point of the march in Douglas Avenue

Start point of the march in Douglas Avenue

Start point of the march in Douglas Avenue

Start point of the march in Douglas Avenue

Marchers in Hythe High street

Marchers in Hythe High street

Marchers in Hythe High street

Marchers in Hythe High street

Marchers along the A249

Marchers along the A249

Marchers along the A249

Marchers along the A249

Speakers addressing the public at Aldi square in Hythe

Speakers addressing the public at Aldi square in Hythe

Speakers addressing the public at Aldi square in Hythe

Speakers addressing the public at Aldi square in Hythe

Highlights of the 6th August March

Success of the work of the Otterpool Newtown Coalition in fighting Shepway Council’s ‘Garden Town’ proposal is vital if we are to conserve the remaining parts of Lympne Airfield and we thank everyone who turned out on the March for their support.

The event sent out a very load and clear message demonstrating huge opposition to the ‘Garden Town’ plan, the paragraph highlighted in Nick Waine’s letter to KM Express on 17 th Aug. and reproduced here said it all.

 F'stone Express 2 Aug 16

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LYMPNE AIRFIELD HISTORY SOCIETY

LYMPNE AIRFIELD HISTORY SOCIETY

 

Our September 13th meeting will feature a presentation by David Goldsmith on record breaking flights made from and to Lympne in the 1920’s and 30’s. Attempted flights will also feature in this meaty subject. Household names like Amy Johnson, Jim Mollison, Jean Batten and Jimmy Broadbent are just a few of the many names who chose Lympne to launch or end such flights. Aviation glory and disaster feature in equal measure in this golden era of aviation exploration. Such pilots were as famous as Premiership footballers are today. Lympne was often front page news in the national newspapers and on Pathe newsreels as these human adventures were played out on our Airfield!

The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the East Bar of Lympne Castle and is free and open to all. Enter the castle through the main doors and turn left. Thanks to our hosts Richard and Rod

For more information: John Simpson: 01303 265078 Email: johnsimpson43@btinternet.com

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Stop Press

Further presentations  staged by the RiverOak Investment Corps are scheduled for:

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