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Out and about: June 2018
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Out and about: June 2018
July 5, 2018
Discovering Business in Essex

We are pleased to share a roundup of our latest meetings, events and activities.

The Lower Thames Crossing team has kicked off the summer with a number of positive meetings with many local community members, businesses, elected representatives and local authorities as we prepare for our statutory consultation scheduled for later this year.

We enjoyed meeting with many new community groups throughout the month of June, including representatives of Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, the Chair of Medway Inter Faith Action and local business Thames View Crematorium and Cemetery in Shorne. We also met with representatives from Medway, Dartford & Gravesham and Hoo Peninsula Ramblers, including Gravesham Rights of Way Committee and Shorne Country Park, to discuss the route and to consult on local pedestrian, cyclist and horse rider provisions.

Our engagement with local schools continued this month, including meetings with Westcourt Primary & Nursery School, Shorne Church of England Primary School, Saint George’s Church of England School, St John’s Catholic Primary School, Singlewell Primary School, West Horndon Primary School and South West Essex Community Education Trust. Many head teachers and business managers from the schools recognised a need for the Lower Thames Crossing. Our team listened to concerns and answered questions about the route and environmental impacts.

Early in the month, we met with Kent County Council to discuss technical aspects of the scheme and the project timelines, as well as attended a meeting with Gravesham Borough Council to discuss their Local Plan development. At our briefing event for Medway councillors, we listened to concerns about traffic impacts, and talked about our upcoming statutory consultation and potential opportunities for apprenticeships. We also met with the Leadership of Maidstone Borough Council.

Our technical engagement this month included productive meetings with National Grid, Essex & Suffolk Water, Landsec, Southern Gas Network, High Speed 1, Cadent and Anglian Water. We continued our engagement with Natural England to discuss proposed mitigation concepts and opportunities for enhancement, as well as the Environment Agency to provide an update on our ground investigations and ecology surveys. We also went on a historic environment site visit with stakeholders from Historic England, Essex County Council, Thurrock Council and Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service.

We enjoyed meeting with a number of business owners and leaders from across the south-east this month. At the Kent Construction Focus Group, our team gave a presentation to approximately 80 Kent-based construction businesses affiliated to the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce to update them on the project and potential procurement opportunities. We also attended the Discovering Business in Essex event hosted by Essex Chambers of Commerce alongside over 300 delegates. At our meeting with the Maidenhead Enterprise and Business Partnership, which included approximately 20 Maidstone businesses, we discussed traffic impacts and the desire to leave a lasting legacy on local employment, training and skills development. In a joint presentation with senior officers at Gravesham Borough Council, our team talked to over 60 Gravesham-based businesses about improvements to the wider road network. We rounded out the month by meeting with the Port of Tilbury and P&O Ferries.

If your community or local group would like to meet with us please get in touch by emailing: community@lowerthamescrossing.co.uk.

 

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