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RiverOak Strategic Partners signs deal for fire and security services at Manston airport

PUBLISHED: 10:51 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 05 July 2017

RiverOak Strategic Partners' plan for Manston airport

RiverOak Strategic Partners' plan for Manston airport

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The site owners have dismissed the possibility of Manston returning to aviation-only use

One of the major parties working to re-open Manston aiport has signed a deal for fire and security services on the site.

RiverOak Strategic Partners is currently consulting with the public on its plans to submit an application for a development consent order (DCO) of the land.

The site is curently owned by bosses behind the Stone Hill Park project, which aims to deliver 2,500 homes and leisure facilities, while insisting the area’s history and heritage will be respected and maintained.

They have frequently dismissed the possibility of Manston returning to aviation-only use but RSP is proposing to re-open the aiport as an air freight hub and suggested almost 30,000 jobs could be created as a result.

The deal with Securitas, specialists in all aspects of aviation security, will provide fire and safety expertise, manage specialist detection teams, handle general-purpose security dog teams and provide an City and Guilds-accredited onsite security resource, in conjunction with state-of-the-art security technology.

RSP director George Yerrall said: “We have been working alongside Securitas for some months now and are delighted to be able make this announcement.

“Securitas looks after security at 220 airports in 53 countries and they have a deserved international reputation, not just for their high security standards, but also for their progressive attitude to pay, conditions and staff training.”

Shaun Kennedy, director of specialised protective services at Securitas, added: “Having worked closely with the RiverOak team we understand their vision but we also recognise the future security challenges in this sector.

“Our vast experience in aviation, security, fire and safety, canine and risk management makes us a perfect fit for RiverOak Strategic Partners.

“By blending people, technology and knowledge, Securitas is perfectly placed to provide a total security solution at Manston airport.”

Stone Hill Park has been contacted for further comment.

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