Anger as Essex Tories set to support government’s proposal for new Lower Thames Crossing

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TORY-dominated Essex County Council is preparing to interfere in the future of Thurrock without an iota of knowledge about what their decision will do claims Thurrock Labour leader, cllr John Kent.

Deputy Leader of the Council and cabinet member for infrastructure, Cllr Kevin Bentley, and colleague Gagan Mohindra, the county’s cabinet member foreconomic development are, publicly, supporting the destruction of swathes of Thurrock’s green belt, more congestion on our roads and the demolition and blighting of hundreds of homes.

They have proposed and seconded the following motion for Essex County Council:

“This Council fully supports the Government’s announcement of its preferred Option C for the proposed new Lower Thames Crossing.

“This would be a bored tunnel under the River Thames east of Gravesend and Tilbury. The route would enable sustainable local development and regional growth leading to a stronger economy as well as proving a safe and reliable road that will improve the resilience of the wider road network.

“It will also greatly improve the wider economy of UK PLC as well as Greater Essex and generate thousands of new jobs. It is now imperative that work on this Option gets underway to ensure the future prosperity of the County and Country”.

Cllr Kent said: “How dare two men, neither of whom have an idea of damage they’re proposing, interfere in the future of Thurrock residents in this way.

One lives and represents the leafy glades of Stanway and Pyefleet outside Colchester, and the other from Chigwell.

What do they know of the pollution already being suffered by Thurrock people? Nothing!

What do they care about the increased particulate pollution, the increased noxious gasses, or the increased noise we will all suffer? Nothing!

What does Tory dominated Essex County Council know about us, and what right do they have to suggest what decision government should make? Nothing!

And what do they care about our increased numbers of children with asthma and older people with COPD and other respiratory issues?

We all know the answer, they know nothing.

“More to the point, what have Thurrock’s top Tory councillors been doing to persuade their Essex colleagues to support the needs of our residents or to persuade them that they’re making a huge mistake? I suspect the answer is, again, nothing at all”.

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