We are pleased to share a roundup of our latest meetings, events and activities.
The Lower Thames Crossing team was busy this past month out in the local community and beyond, meeting with and listening to new groups and building on our existing relationships. We look forward to the next few months of engaging with our stakeholders and meeting more local community members, businesses, elected representatives and local authorities, as we prepare for statutory consultation later this year.
Early in the month, we met with Cuxton Parish Council, and Horndon-on-the-Hill Society & Community Forum including Thames Crossing Action Group, where we discussed the latest developments and listened to local concerns about access and traffic impacts.
We held productive meetings with the Leader of the London Borough of Havering Council, the Leader and Chief Executive of Gravesham Borough Council, and the Leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. We also attending meetings with Dartford Borough Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Kent County Council and Medway Council to discuss local concerns and opportunities, and build on our productive relationships. We continue to engage and work with Thurrock Council through regular technical meetings and the monthly Thurrock Task Force.
Engagement with MPs this month included initial project briefing meetings with James Brokenshire MP, James Duddridge MP, Rosie Duffield MP, as well as follow up meetings with Jackie Doyle-Price MP and Helen Whately MP.
Our @lowerthames project director Tim Jones met with Southend businesses and partners today including @JamesDuddridge to talk about the benefits the new crossing will bring to their town when it opens in 2027! Learn more about the crossing here: https://t.co/bvISaqjudy pic.twitter.com/NWFPv9Lrml
— Highways England (@HighwaysSEAST) March 22, 2018
Our joint environmental organisations meeting presented a great opportunity for a variety of environmental stakeholders to ask questions, share ideas and get a comprehensive view of the scheme impacts.
We had the pleasure of attending introductory meetings with a number of influential businesses and organisations throughout March. We met with the Federation of Small Businesses and discussed how we could work with the over 9,000 members in Essex and Kent to make sure small business voices are heard. Our introductory meeting with London Stansted Airport helped give us a better understanding of the airport’s growth plans to reach 35 million passengers a year over the next five years. We also had introductory meetings with the UK Major Ports Group and the British Ports Association who between them represent over 100 ports across the country. Our business engagement also included building on existing relationships with Bluewater Shopping Centre and Landsec, meeting with the operations teams at Waitrose Aylesford and Amazon Tilbury, as well as a number of local small business owners who see the Lower Thames Crossing as an opportunity to grow their business. We also presented at the latest FTA Freight Council meeting, to update members on the project’s development.
We enjoyed our meeting with the Office of Rail and Road this past month to take them through our plans for the Lower Thames Crossing and discuss next steps.
— ORR (@railandroad) March 26, 2018
Other key events from this month included attending the Southend Business Partnership briefing event, as well as delivering a presentation at the Tunnel Design & Construction Summit in Berlin, Germany.
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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