THURROCK Council leader John Kent told the council cabinet last night that he was “outraged” by Kent County Council’s (KCC) proposals for a new bridge across the Thames.
In October, YourThurrock reported that KCC had commissioned a report that had recommended a bridge that would span Gravesham and Chadwell, cut through Orsett, then going on to link up with the M11.
Council leader Kent told the cabinet that the reason for his outrage was “at no stage have Kent consulted us on this proposal. Considering that the proposed bridge will cut through the heart of the borough, you would have thought they would have discussed things with us.”
Councillor Kent expressed his views further on the proposals.
He said: “We have to sort out the problems with the Dartford bridge first. This means addressing the problem of the tolls, the widening of junction 30 and dealing with the problem that with one gust of wind the bridge seems to close.”
While various Labour councillors expressed their opinion on the bridges including a proposal for a private finance initiative, it was chief executive, Graham Farrant who saw the “bigger picture”.
He said: “With the establishment of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) we need to be at the table and punching above our weight on these matters.”
Mr Farrant suggested to the council leader that they should write to KCC this week.