The future of Top Gear, the BBC television motoring series, is in doubt because of concerns over noise and pollution created by the high-speed car tests of presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
The programme had hoped to relocate to an airfield near Jeremy Clarkson's home in Oxfordshire as part of a proposal by an independent company to create a circuit for high-performance cars but the residents have thrown the idea out.
So why don’t we offer the programme a home at Manston and put Thanet on the map? I have their number. It can’t be any noisier than the existing aircraft traffic and there’s space out towards helicharter for a circuit. In between landing aircraft, which are few and far between, we have the third longest runway in the country to test high speed cars on.