We are pleased to share a roundup of our latest meetings, events and activities.
April was another eventful month visiting with people and communities near the Lower Thames Crossing route. We expect to be even busier in the next few months meeting with as many local community members, businesses, elected representatives and local authorities as we can in the lead up to our statutory consultation later this year.
At the Higham Parish Council Annual Assembly, our community engagement team met with approximately 80 residents, including the Mayor of Gravesham and Ward Councillors, to answer questions and discuss the latest project developments. We also explored ideas on how the project might bring benefits to local communities. Our information session for the West & East Tilbury & Linford Community Forum (WELCOM) was attended by more than 100 local community members. Our team was available to answer questions about the project and listen to concerns about the environmental, visual and construction impacts of the scheme. We also had positive introductory meetings with the British Horse Society and Essex Bridleways Association to begin early discussions on accessibility and connectivity of bridleways near the Lower Thames Crossing route.
We enjoyed attending the Higham Parish Council Annual Assembly last night. If you are part of a local community group and would like to meet with our community engagement team, please get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/q0aQRxjFeg
— Lower Thames Crossing (@lowerthames) April 13, 2018
Our political engagement this month included meetings with Kelly Tolhurst MP for Rochester and Strood, Mark Francois MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, and the office of Andrew Rosindell MP for Romford, to discuss the project and get a better understanding of the particular areas of interest in these constituencies. We met with the office of Rosie Duffield MP for Canterbury, to start planning a roundtable with the universities in her area and connect the project with education and skills development. We also continued to build on our existing relationships in meetings with Medway Council, Essex County Council, and Thurrock Council.
At our meeting with the Ebbsfleet Central Working Group, attendees wanted to gain a better understanding of the impacts of the scheme during construction. They shared that they are keen for the Lower Thames Crossing to be delivered as soon as possible. The North Kent Economic Development Group also shared their support for the project at an introductory meeting, where we discussed opportunities for skills development and training, the local supply chain, and how the project could create a long-term legacy.
We met with the Institution of Civil Engineers, presented at two of the Freight Transport Association’s Freight Council meetings, met with the Erith Group, a family-run construction services business which is very supportive of the project, presented to the Port of London Authority Infrastructure Group, and continued discussions with the Port of Tilbury, Port of London Authority, RWE Generation UK and a number of utility stakeholders. We also met with the Managing Director of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and Industrial Metal Services, as part of our case study development for the project.
Finally, we have continued our discussions with local authorities on the Statement of Community Consultation, an important part of our Development Consent Order application.
If your community or local group would like to meet with us please get in touch by emailing us at email@example.com.
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