COMMUNITY activist, Keith Hatcher reports from the meeting on the 6th June at Tyrells Hall regarding the proposed expansion of the Port of Tilbury.
“Many of the residents did not receive the letter from Thames Thurrock Gateway Development Corporation advising of this development planned by Tilbury Dock.
The plan is of the new development at the ASDA roundabout that Tilbury Dock wants to build.
It consists of 34 warehouse units covering 931000 square feet 15.2 metres high and a truck park for 568 trucks.
The port intends that it will operate 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.
It is a few hundred metres from Thurrock Park and fifty metres from Tilbury.
The trucks will be entering the park at all hours of the day the ASDA roundabout being the one and only entry point
Those at the meeting decided that we should oppose the development on three fronts
The truck park will be noisy with trucks leaving and entering day and night parking with night heaters on and fridge motors the environment will be damaged with dirt, dust and fumes.
The warehouses will be operating 24 hours a day seven days a week and the noise and light pollution will be immense.
The road to ASDA will be damaged and blocked by the movement of vehicles and the safety will be impaired how long will it be before there is a fatal accident caused by an overworked and tired trucker not paying full attention. It could be your husband, wife or child we all shop at ASDA.
The warehouses will be 15.22 metres high on a raised platform so the same as three normal houses on top of each other. This is green belt and a flood plain which once gone will not return. There are alternatives as stated in the literature produced by the ports planners, in North Tilbury, but this could be more costly to them.
If we are to oppose this effectively then we need the support of all of you NOW!
E mail your opposition to the planned development to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copy to email@example.com
Write to him at Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation. Gateway House. Stonehouse Lane. Purfleet. Essex. RM19 1NX
It is important to register your disapproval of the plans and do not worry if you got a letter which says that the date for responses is 3rd June 2010 this date is extended to the end of July at a minimum but please send the e mail now.
We will be having another meeting at Tyrells Hall 4th July 2010 at 1.30 start to update and also decide what else to do.
If we do nothing then it will be built which will, Lower the value of your house, Spoil your community, Take away the safety of the flood plain, Damage the roads and reduce the safety when they have an alternative .
Tell your neighbours it is important
come to the meetings
If we all tell two neighbours and they tell two neighbours each then the word will get around.