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Lower Thames Crossing (LTC)
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Thanks to everyone who completed the questionnaire.
See a copy of our formal Parish Council response.
>> Link to the Radio Kent debate on Lower Thames Crossing.
Below: Higham villagers turned out on Saturday 13th February to demonstrate against Option C
whilst BBC South East Today reporter Fiona Irving interviewed Cllr Harold Craske.
Web Update 20 - H.E. Community Team & Other Meetings [ 6 July 2017 ]
Further meetings will be planned – if you would like to receive information about the Crossing and any future meetings – join the mailing list – email your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07480 518493.
The Lower Thames Crossing government website is a useful source of information: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/lower-thames-crossing.
A LOWER THAMES CROSSING MEETING WITH KCC took place on Wednesday 5 July - it was good to hear about KCC’s strong opposition to any junction on the A226, and their demand for additional tunnelling of the link road.
At the meeting, KCC listened to our concerns, and shared their views on mitigation requirements not just for the immediate area, but also with regards to the impact on traffic on the A226, A227, A228, and surrounding roads and villages.
KCC also shared their proposed design drawings for the link road which they have recommended to Highways England and which, if adopted, would go a long way towards mitigating many of the worst impacts of the crossing and link road.
Clearly there is a still a lot of detail to address as the design is developed, and it was agreed that the parties would continue to liaise so that KCC can keep us updated on developments, and we can ensure that local concerns are taken into account.
Higham Parish Council was represented by Peter Allinson, with Susan Lindley and Bob Lane from Shorne, and Rev. Nigel Bourne from Chalk.
Web Update 19 - Preferred Route Announcement [ 20 April 2017 ]
Although the Parish Council is extremely disappointed with the recent announcement of the preferred route (see map) for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, it is not altogether surprising. Many of us thought that the decision to go with Option C had already been taken prior to the consultation.
The key issue now is to ensure that local people are represented around the table as the next steps are taken. This does not mean that there will not be a challenge to the decision, the consultation process and the way in which petitions were seemingly discounted - work is already underway to examine the legal issues as well as reviewing potential for future actions and protests at local and national level. We will be working with groups and organisations, including the other local Parish Councils and Action Groups in Essex.
However, we must be prepared to be fully engaged with all discussions about the finer details of the route, mitigations, environmental protections etc. Of specific importance, are the discussions and decisions about a possible junction on the A226, impact on the A2 and our local roads, as we well as the protection of the environment and the Green Belt, not to mention pollution and health concerns.
It is essential that we continue to urge the Government to really listen to our concerns and issues.
We will continue to keep residents informed of everything related to the Crossing – through updates:
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