THURROCK Council has launched a petition opposing a new Lower Thames Crossing landing in the borough.

The online petition has been set up following demands by residents at a public meeting in April at Orsett Hall.

It opposes both Option A - which would see a new crossing built next to the current Thurrock-Dartford one - and Option C which would land between Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury and Tilbury Fort.

It is hoped the petition will "maintain the local momentum against the proposals and to gauge the overall borough-wide concern on the issue".

A council spokesman said: "Those taking part are asked to “register” to ensure the petition is as fair and accurate as possible, although if people do take part their name, answers, or town/city will not be shown.

"April’s meeting followed a unanimous decision of the council to object to all further crossing proposals in the borough; a campaign and voting option under the None of the Above banner in the lead up to the government’s consultation; and a public scrutiny committee in the council chamber where further meetings were promised."

Another public meeting has been scheduled to discuss the latest issues with Option A. This will take place in Aveley, with further details to be announced closer to the date.

Option B - which would have landed a new crossing near Grays Beach Park - was discarded by the Government in December.

For more information about the petition, or to sign it, click here.