We are pleased to share a roundup of our latest meetings, events and activities.
We have kicked off an important year for the Lower Thames Crossing, as we prepare for Statutory Consultation with our stakeholders, and we continue to meet with local community members, businesses, elected representatives and local authorities.
In January, we held constructive discussions with the Lower Thames Crossing Association (LTCA) to better understand the needs of the communities they represent. Members were keen to give feedback on proposed ideas for a Lower Thames Crossing legacy that will benefit the community.
At the monthly Thurrock Task Force meeting, our discussions focused on our plans for engagement and consultation for the Lower Thames Crossing both in the run-up to and during the statutory consultation process. We will undertake an open and transparent consultation process that will genuinely give everyone including the local community the opportunity to influence the design of the proposed scheme.
We had a positive introductory meeting with the Orsett Community Forum where we discussed both our current thinking for the design of the route, as well as opportunities for information events in the local area.
As part of our meeting with the Forestry Enterprise we made a site visit to Jeskyns Community Forest near Cobham, in Kent, and together we explored possible ways of collaborating in the future.
Following Damian Green MP‘s questions to the Prime Minister on 24 January, about the Lower Thames Crossing, Project Director Tim Jones took Mr Green through our plans. As a Kent MP, he was interested in learning more about the project and next steps. We are looking forward to seeing him at our next Parliamentary Forum, which brings together all politicians with an interest in the Lower Thames Crossing.
— Lower Thames Crossing (@lowerthames) January 25, 2018
We also attended a productive meeting with Tracey Crouch MP‘s office to discuss the project and understand the areas that are important to her constituents.
Throughout the month our team also spoke with a number of Councillors from local areas including East Thurrock, Chadwell St Mary, Orsett, Ockendon, Belhus and Dartford. In their conversations with our team, many Councillors reiterated how they want their communities to get the best possible deal by maximising the benefits and minimising impacts from the proposed scheme.
We also engaged in positive conversations with: Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Transport Board, to discuss improvements needed across the entire road network; A127 Development Corridor Group, comprising South Essex Local Authorities (including Havering and Essex County Council), as well as Transport for London, to discuss growth opportunities around the A127; Tilbury on the Thames Trust to talk about the best ways to work with the community and generate ideas on building a lasting legacy; and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership as they prepare their new Infrastructure Strategy.
In the last week of January, our team presented at the Kent Development Plans conference, where we discussed the economic opportunities that will be generated by the Lower Thames Crossing and how we can work with local businesses throughout development.
We enjoyed meeting local businesses at last night’s @BEConnectedClub #KDP18 conference and sharing our plans for one of the most important infrastructure projects in the South East, which will open opportunities for investment and regeneration and improve connectivity. pic.twitter.com/b5SrB73ASu
— Lower Thames Crossing (@lowerthames) January 30, 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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