THE first meeting of the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force was held this week (Monday 25 September) and featured a presentation from Highways England.
The task force was established following the last Full Council meeting in July and agreement from the General Services Committee in August.
As well as the nine councillors representing the three political parties, there are also three co-opted members who sit on the task force.
Cllr Peter Smith was elected as Chair of the task force and Cllr Barbara Rice was voted as Vice-chair.
Representatives from Highways England attended the meeting and gave an overview of the engagement action over the coming months.
Highways England committed to sharing data with the council when it is available to do so, and was asked to come back and advise the task force on what areas of the scheme can be influenced.
Cllr Smith spoke after the meeting: “I am glad we have been able to get this task force underway and it can begin its important work.
“I’d like to thank Highways England for coming to present and answering our questions. We made it clear to them that we are there to represent the views of our residents – so there will no doubt be more tough questions for them to answer.”