THURROCK residents are being urged to have their say after Highways England launched the latest round of the Lower Thames Crossing consultation yesterday (14 July).
The Community Impacts Consultation details the latest Highways England plans for the Lower Thames Crossing, including how they propose to reduce impacts on the borough’s residents and the environment, along with information on the legacy benefits they plan to create.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “I cannot stress how important it is that as many residents as possible take part in this latest Lower Thames Crossing consultation. Previous consultations have led to Highways England withdrawing and altering their plans three times.
“It is vital that this national infrastructure scheme puts the needs, welfare and prosperity of Thurrock residents first and provides proper mitigation to offset health and environmental issues.”
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Strategic Planning and External Relationships, said: “We have provided strong opposition and criticism of this scheme and we have had some success in forcing changes. Now we want to make sure that we get even more significant mitigation in place to protect Thurrock’s residents and environment, support local businesses, and unlock the regeneration potential of Thurrock and its Freeport.”
Cllr Fraser Massey, Chair of the Lower Thames Crossing Taskforce, said: “Earlier this year we published a list of 58 measures we consider vital to offset the negative impacts of the Lower Thames Crossing. This consultation is another opportunity to make sure that Highways England pay serious attention to our needs before they resubmit their development consent order.”
The consultation will be available on Highways England’s website at https://ltcconsultation.highwaysengland.co.uk/ from Wednesday 14 July. It will run for eight weeks until Wednesday 8 September.
You can learn more about the crossing and read Thurrock Council’s mitigation reports at: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/thames-crossing/lower-thames-crossing-proposals