THE LEADER of Thurrock Council has given his view on where the case for the Lower Dartford Crossing goes from here.
Cllr John Kent said;
"It was good to see 400 or so local people at Orsett Hall on Monday night almost everyone supporting the council’s position – no new Thames crossing in Thurrock.
It now looks like the Highways Agency has plumped for Option C, but we will have to wait for the official statement before being certain of that, but reports from Kent suggest that is the case.
Yet even now we are unsure of the details. The latest position talks of corridors, so people living in Tilbury, Chadwell, East and West Tilbury, Orsett, Bulphan, Horndon-on-the-Hill and even Stanford le Hope do not know if their homes will be affected.
But what we do know is that everyone living and working in Thurrock will be affected. Whether the actual crossing itself is a bridge or a tunnel, these proposals will see a motorway running through our Green Belt from the riverside to the M25.
That means more congestion on the A13, at least as much congestion at Junctions 30 and 31, and a new pinch-point where the new road and the M25 link up.
When Option C became a serious proposition I said it was the worst possible outcome, guaranteeing congestion and condemning the centre of our borough to gridlock in some sort of horrifying pincer-movement between the M25 and the Orsett Cock or wherever they put the A13 junction.
More congestion means more pollution and more pollution means more health problems for local people – and our health service is already threatened if not already in crisis.
I call on every citizen of Thurrock to respond to the consultation which we expect to launch in the next few days if not today.
Make our voice heard.