New Thames Crossing: Have your say online

AT the beginning of April Thurrock Council hosted a public meeting at the Orsett Hall to discuss the latest news on the government’s Option C proposal for a new Thames crossing.

Members of the public in the hall called on the council to launch an online petition to maintain the local momentum against the proposals and to gauge the overall borough-wide concern on the issue.

That online petition is now available at the council’s website via the Travel and Transport and the Thames crossing links.

Those taking part are asked to “register” to ensure the petition is as fair and accurate as possible, although if people do take part their name, answers, or town/city will not be shown.

April’s meeting followed a unanimous decision of the council to object to all further crossing proposals in the borough; a campaign and voting option under the None of the Above banner in the lead up to the government’s consultation; and a public scrutiny committee in the council chamber where further meetings were promised.

A further public meeting is now planned for June, in Aveley. Further details will be announced closer to the date, but invitations to the meeting are being sent to interested parties in Westminster.

While the first meeting concentrated on the Option C proposals – from Tilbury to the M25 via Chadwell and Orsett – the Aveley meeting will look at both remaining government options, C and A, close to the current crossing.

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