Shortly after a public meeting in South Ockendon to discuss the Thames Crossing, Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr John Kent, wrote to the government expressing local people’s dismay that only Options A and C were being considered.
“I asked that the minister over-rule his civil servants and tell them that Option D – to the east of Thurrock should be reconsidered, especially in the light of plans to build more river crossings between Dartford and Tower Bridge in east London and increasing development in Thurrock and south east Essex.
“He hasn’t replied – at least by post.
“But reading the latest comments of Thurrock’s two MPs- both of whom told new roads minister John Hayes that Option D should be in the mix – I don’t think I can expect an answer; or if I do get one, it’ll be a big fat no!
“The government isn’t listening to Thurrock, although it’s pleasing to seen that our two MPs are backing Thurrock Council’s campaign for no extra crossings in the borough – none of the above – and disappointing they were unable to persuade the new man.”
Cllr Kent said: “It also seems the government has kicked any decision about a crossing into the long grass after the General Election as the MPs’ press release says no decision will be forthcoming until late 2015 or early 2016.
“I’m losing count of the delays.”
And he added: “Finally I’d again remind people to sign our online petition. Over 1,100 have done so and we need as many as possible to show to the select committee when we go to give evidence there.
“It’s simple to do, just go to the council’s website at thurrock.gov.uk, click on Travel and transport and follow the Thames crossing link.”