We are pleased to share a roundup of our latest meetings, events and activities.
Throughout the month of May, we met with many local community members, businesses, elected representatives and local authorities, as we prepare for our statutory consultation scheduled for later this year.
This month, we started discussions with representatives from schools and youth programmes in the local areas, including St Nicholas Infant Primary School, Strood Youth Centre, Treetops School, The Gr@nd Community Centre, Thamesview School, St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, and Gravesend Grammar School. We discussed the latest project developments, as well as possible STEM and training opportunities.
We enjoyed meeting with new community groups this past month, including Purfleet on Thames Community Forum, Corringham, Fobbing & Homesteads Community Forum, and Thames Chase Trust. At these meetings, we listened to concerns from community members, as well as discussed opportunities for further engagement in the lead up to statutory consultation and how best to disseminate information about the Lower Thames Crossing in their areas.
Our political engagement this month included meetings with the office of Helen Grant MP, John Baron MP, Tom Tugendhat MP, Alex Burghart MP, John Whittingdale MP and Stephen Metcalfe MP, where we discussed regional connectivity, resilience of the wider road network and a number of land and property issues. We also attended a number of positive meetings with the leaderships of Medway Council, Basildon Council, Dartford Borough Council, Brentwood Borough Council, as well as meetings with Kent County Council, Essex County Council, Thurrock Council and Meopham Parish Council. We also attended a joint meeting with Gravesham Borough Council, Kent County Council, and Medway Council.
At a meeting hosted by the Port of Dover, the Lower Thames Crossing team met with Charlie Elphicke MP for Dover, Cllr Keith Morris and Cllr Nigel Collor of Dover District Council, and Richard Christian of the Port of Dover. The purpose was to brief and update attendees on project developments and discuss particular topics of interest for Dover.
Important meeting at @Port_of_Dover to discuss how the #LowerThamesCrossing will improve connectivity & journey reliability of the local & regional road network & how urgent investment is needed now to keep traffic flowing https://t.co/bdrORj4b8r @DoverDC @CharlieElphicke pic.twitter.com/oFvGjcyzgB
— South East LEP (@southeastlep) May 25, 2018
Additional business engagement throughout the month of May included providing a briefing to the Chelmsford Business Board and giving a joint presentation with Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce at the Kent Vision LIVE event, which was attended by over 500 Kent businesses.
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