Residents unite to slam crossing consultation

Thurrock Gazette: The meeting on Monday The meeting on Monday

ANGRY residents have slammed the Government’s “divisive” consultation on a new Thames river crossing at an impassioned public debate.

More than 100 local people attended a meeting on Monday night, with many speaking of their opposition to all three of the Government’s proposed crossing routes, which would see roads carve through Thurrock’s green belt land.

Residents have until July 16 to make their thoughts on three possible crossing options known. Option A would see a new tunnel or bridge next to the current QEII crossing, while Option B would cross the Thames and land in Thurrock at Grays Beach.

Option C, which Kent County Council and Essex County Council are said to favour, would see a bridge arrive in Thurrock between Tilbury Fort and Coalhouse Fort.

One Horndon resident told the meeting: “I don’t believe it’s a valid consultation as it sets community against community. In actual fact, we need to have a united voice.

“We’ve got to be united and give valid reasons why we oppose these crossings. We don’t want any more deterioration in our quality of life.”

Maggie Pollock, chairman of South Ockendon Community Forum, said: “We have got to get out there and make our communities sit up and say ‘this is about us’.

“I’m frightened people aren’t going to realise how this affects them until it’s too late.” Impassioned speeches were also made on the devastating affect all three options will have on the borough’s “unique” environment.

Steve Ireland, chairman of the Thurrock Biodiversity Action Group, said: “Thurrock has a unique and outstanding biodiversity and we’ve had a lot of development here.

“A new crossing would be an environmental disaster. We need to endure this goes out of Thurrock.”

Sue Schwar, who runs the South Essex Wildlife Hospital, in Orsett, said: “We built our hospital on green belt land because of the protection that offers as a mitigating factor against the damage being done by development in Thurrock."

One Orsett resident added: “Try and get a conservatory built on green belt in Thurrock, you won’t. But try and get a three-lane motorway built, that’s fine!”

The meeting’s aim was to encourage residents to take part in the consultation.

Visit www.gov.uk/government/consultations/options-for-a-new-lower-thames-crossing

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5:09pm Wed 3 Jul 13

TRANQUILDAY says...

There is no need for any more tunnels/bridges across the river in the Thurrock area. All they have to do is get rid of the tolls so that the roads are free flowing. It is utter madness that a 70 mph motorway screeches to a halt at the crossing to pay to get over it/under it. Get rid of the tolls....its not rocket science is it. Trouble is ..its a cash cow, just like all the poor motorists in the UK...we are taxed to the hilt and further!
There is no need for any more tunnels/bridges across the river in the Thurrock area. All they have to do is get rid of the tolls so that the roads are free flowing. It is utter madness that a 70 mph motorway screeches to a halt at the crossing to pay to get over it/under it. Get rid of the tolls....its not rocket science is it. Trouble is ..its a cash cow, just like all the poor motorists in the UK...we are taxed to the hilt and further! TRANQUILDAY
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11:13pm Wed 3 Jul 13

ThurrockResident says...

TRANQUILDAY wrote:
There is no need for any more tunnels/bridges across the river in the Thurrock area. All they have to do is get rid of the tolls so that the roads are free flowing. It is utter madness that a 70 mph motorway screeches to a halt at the crossing to pay to get over it/under it. Get rid of the tolls....its not rocket science is it. Trouble is ..its a cash cow, just like all the poor motorists in the UK...we are taxed to the hilt and further!
I agree with this totally!
[quote][p][bold]TRANQUILDAY[/bold] wrote: There is no need for any more tunnels/bridges across the river in the Thurrock area. All they have to do is get rid of the tolls so that the roads are free flowing. It is utter madness that a 70 mph motorway screeches to a halt at the crossing to pay to get over it/under it. Get rid of the tolls....its not rocket science is it. Trouble is ..its a cash cow, just like all the poor motorists in the UK...we are taxed to the hilt and further![/p][/quote]I agree with this totally! ThurrockResident
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9:44am Thu 4 Jul 13

improving road safety says...

I’d love to agree with all of you people up in arms over the new much needed crossing to cope with the ever increasing traffic here in the south east, however the New river crossing consultation ends on the 16th of July, and I anticipate that the option that get the nod will be C. why would any government take away the tolls to make the traffic flow when the revenue that come in takes priority!
I also think a tunnel will be the way under the Thames in the very near future, sorry if my impert disillusions anybody but that’s how I see it, is it time to look on the positive side? Think of all the extra employment out there and the less traffic congestion at lakeside and Dartford Tunnel, I have also left some comments on the closure of Tilbury Power station, check it out, I would like to know what other people think.
I’d love to agree with all of you people up in arms over the new much needed crossing to cope with the ever increasing traffic here in the south east, however the New river crossing consultation ends on the 16th of July, and I anticipate that the option that get the nod will be C. why would any government take away the tolls to make the traffic flow when the revenue that come in takes priority! I also think a tunnel will be the way under the Thames in the very near future, sorry if my impert disillusions anybody but that’s how I see it, is it time to look on the positive side? Think of all the extra employment out there and the less traffic congestion at lakeside and Dartford Tunnel, I have also left some comments on the closure of Tilbury Power station, check it out, I would like to know what other people think. improving road safety
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10:08am Fri 5 Jul 13

d_2da_ougle says...

oh yes improving road signs, i do hope the new tunnel emerges right next to your front door then we can hear what you think of it then, option c is planning on coming out near tilbury forts we dont have much history here in thurrock as our council lets it all burn down, aka belhus mansion coal house fort the state cinema one listen to my nan and you will see how our council have not gave a dam about our history over the last 60 years, its time to back them when they want to protect some
oh yes improving road signs, i do hope the new tunnel emerges right next to your front door then we can hear what you think of it then, option c is planning on coming out near tilbury forts we dont have much history here in thurrock as our council lets it all burn down, aka belhus mansion coal house fort the state cinema one listen to my nan and you will see how our council have not gave a dam about our history over the last 60 years, its time to back them when they want to protect some d_2da_ougle
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10:22am Sat 6 Jul 13

Rob-C100 says...

I think the proposals for another crossing should be made after the introduction of free-flow tolls being introduced next year.

If the free-flow has no major impact on the congestion, then obviously something has to be done.

Politicians over the years have seen how much of a cash-cow the crossing has been, and I'm just a bit concerned that the proposal for another bridge may be based on how much revenue can be earned from the easily-targeted motorist.
I think the proposals for another crossing should be made after the introduction of free-flow tolls being introduced next year. If the free-flow has no major impact on the congestion, then obviously something has to be done. Politicians over the years have seen how much of a cash-cow the crossing has been, and I'm just a bit concerned that the proposal for another bridge may be based on how much revenue can be earned from the easily-targeted motorist. Rob-C100
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1:48pm Tue 9 Jul 13

Mattster says...

Rob-C100 wrote:
I think the proposals for another crossing should be made after the introduction of free-flow tolls being introduced next year. If the free-flow has no major impact on the congestion, then obviously something has to be done. Politicians over the years have seen how much of a cash-cow the crossing has been, and I'm just a bit concerned that the proposal for another bridge may be based on how much revenue can be earned from the easily-targeted motorist.
Nail on the head there, they want a new crossing signed off before the FF Tolls are introduced and show that one isnt needed.
[quote][p][bold]Rob-C100[/bold] wrote: I think the proposals for another crossing should be made after the introduction of free-flow tolls being introduced next year. If the free-flow has no major impact on the congestion, then obviously something has to be done. Politicians over the years have seen how much of a cash-cow the crossing has been, and I'm just a bit concerned that the proposal for another bridge may be based on how much revenue can be earned from the easily-targeted motorist.[/p][/quote]Nail on the head there, they want a new crossing signed off before the FF Tolls are introduced and show that one isnt needed. Mattster
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