County Councillor Chris Wells answers a reader's question on the real cost of cancelling the flights to America project from Manston:
"As promised I asked your question at the scrutiny committee at county hall today, and here is the reply.
The total loss to KCC up to the moment they called a halt £289,565.
The money came from the Kings Hill Regeneration Fund. It is public money in the sense that it flows into the county coffers, but it is not money from the council taxpayers of Kent. This money is generated by KCC's own operations at Kings Hill and is then put into this fund (which totalled £1.5 million this year) to be used as one off expenditure on projects that could bring significant economic benefits to the county.
The estimated return if the seats had all been sold and tourists came into the county was around £2.25 million.
This was flagged up as a significant risk as a venture when it was begun.
Every single county councillor was sent a letter outlining the proposal and the fact there was significant risk - not one from any party urged the council not too invest."
Ed: Read the story in detail here.
On the KCC website, please look under Council and Democracy, Partnerships, Kent-Virginia - where there is a link to Direct Flights Project on the right hand side.