We are pleased to share a roundup of our latest meetings, events and activities.
February proved to be another busy month for the Lower Thames Crossing team. We look forward to the next few months of engaging with our stakeholders and meeting with even more local community members, businesses, elected representatives and local authorities, as we prepare for statutory consultation later this year.
We enjoyed meeting with Higham Parish Council early this month to discuss the latest project developments and explore legacy and benefits ideas. We also met with Chadwell St Mary Community Forum committee members, including Councillor Rice, Vice-Chair of Thurrock Council Task Force.
Another key event was our Lower Thames Crossing Parliamentary Forum.
At the monthly Thurrock Council Task Force, we had hoped to share a digital visualisation of the scheme in the context of the local landscape and regretfully were unable to on this occasion. We hope to present an update for public viewing as soon as it is completed. At the meeting, we reiterated our commitment to an open and transparent consultation process that will give people the opportunity to influence our proposals as they progress.
Other political engagement this month included a briefing with Councillors from Little Thurrock & Blackshots Ward, and meetings with Brentwood Borough Council, Sir David Amess MP‘s team, Sir Michael Fallon MP, and Thurrock Council.
We also met with a number of business and environmental stakeholders including High Speed 1, Network Rail, National Grid, RWE Generation, Forestry Enterprise, and RSPB. We presented to the Essex Employment and Skills Board, a private sector-led board tasked with improving Essex businesses’ access to skilled labour, and discussed how we can work with them on the broader skills agenda. We met with a number of businesses across Essex to learn more about their issues with the existing road network and how the Lower Thames Crossing could improve their business operations. We also met with the Thurrock Business Board to understand their concerns about construction impacts and to discuss opportunities for businesses, jobs and education.
Our Project Director presented at the IMechE’s Bulk Handling for Large Infrastructure Projects event, where he discussed how the Lower Thames Crossing could enable more national and international journeys, which will be critical given the ambitious growth plans of ports in the south east and London regions.
We enjoyed discussing the latest on the Lower Thames Crossing at today’s @IMechE Bulk Handling for Large Infrastructure Projects event and sharing our experience with our peers in the engineering industry. pic.twitter.com/o3kOCURdxo
— Lower Thames Crossing (@lowerthames) February 28, 2018
Finally, we have continued our discussions with local authorities on the Statement of Community Consultation, an important part of our Development Consent Order application.
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