Monday, July 22, 2024

Lower Thames Crossing: Thurrock “No influence on the route or height” task force told

MEMBERS of Thurrock Council’s Lower Thames Crossing Task Force have heard that councillors and residents have no influence on the route and height of the road.

At this week’s task force meeting (Monday 22 January), Highways England presented the areas of influence for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, including construction, community, operations and environmental factors.

However, while Highways England made it clear that they would listen to local residents, the horizontal and vertical alignments of the road are ‘project-led decisions’.

Speaking after the meeting, Chair of the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force, Cllr Peter Smith, said: “I appreciate Highways England explaining to us quite candidly that we cannot influence these areas.”

Members of the task force also agreed what its priorities going forward are and that the February meeting will be focused around the visual impact, followed by health and air quality at the meeting in March.

Cllr Smith added: “With our agreed priorities and themed meetings, we can get into the detail of their plans, how they will affect residents and challenge Highways England with precision. Next month we are going to focus specifically on the visual impact. We will be challenging Highways England on things we know are important to residents which we know are primarily around whether the route will be underground, at road level or above.”

“The Planning inspectorate also requires that alternatives to the proposed crossing be set out – I’m looking forward to hearing this explained when and if Highways England choose to share it.”

More information about future meetings of the task force and the priorities can be found at thurrock.gov.uk/thames-crossing

4 COMMENTS

  1. Time to rename the ‘Task Force’ a mere ‘Talking Shop’ or a pointless toothless tiger. The only purpose of this so called ‘task force’ was for the council to neuter the vociferous opposition of those residents who were vehemently opposed to the crossing. Their disruptive campaigning was embarrassing the council by showing up how impotent local councillors really are in the face of a Government and Highway England pressing ahead with their plans for the crossing. It doesn’t matter what this ‘task force says or does – the crossing is going to happen – any reports produced will gather dust unread by those in power. The sole purpose would appear to be nothing more than be a tick box exercise to show the local community was fully involved and consulted in the decision making process while neutering any further disruptive campaigning.

  2. Well said Ed. This new crossing is going to happen if we like it or not. The meetings are just paying lip service to toothless residents and councilors.
    In typical Nimby style, I don’t want this in my backyard, but this route is by far the best route all round. Many who winge about this route (and I’m with you) soon complain when Lakeside and the surrounding area is gridlocked and it takes them hours to move a few hundred yards.(oops, should I say yards!)
    So come on lets get this Margaret Thatcher Thames Crossing underway and at least alleviate the gridlock we currently have to endure.
    YOUR VOICE WILL NOT CHANGE A THING IN THE SO CALLED DEMOCRACY WE CALL BRITAIN..GET USED TO IT.

  3. Margaret Thatcher Thames Crossing HATE THE IDEA
    What abou Oh no in fact that does sound right as she is now in the depths of hell.

    cannot see many miners doing the digging on that tunnel. But hey we can organise a trade union strike in honour of Maggie.

    SHE STARTED THE NEOLIBERALISM WE NOW LIVE IN. DEATH TO THATCHER.

  4. I think its a great idea naming the crossing after her. She done so much good for Britain. Mr Working man owner of his home, wow we all loved that one. Sold us shares and made some working people even richer, even better.
    SHE SMASHED THE UNIONS AND THAT WAS HER GREAT LEGACY AS THEY WERE KILLING BRITAIN…Well done Maggie, I salute you.

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