HUNDREDS of residents have had their say about plans to build a new £100m port… and there is still time for you to have your say.
The Port of Tilbury, London’s major port, has completed its first round of consultation events this month, aiming to get views on a new port terminal, known as Tilbury2.
The plans could see it built on a 51 hectare site which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station and will include a new deep water jetty.
It will act as a satellite of the main port and could have a roll on/roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers.
Tilbury2 is also likely to include a facility for importing and processing bulk construction materials as well as storage of a variety of goods, including cars.
Five consultation events took place during March at locations and dates across the area and attracted more than 400 people who shared their views on the proposals.
This will continue until April 21, the port will then further develop the scheme in light of the feedback received during the pre-planning consultation process, before undertaking another consultation during the summer.
It hopes to apply for building consent late in 2017.
Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury, has urged for the public to give their views.
He said: “We have been encouraged by the level of engagement from the community to our proposals for a new port in Tilbury, which will help us to continue to grow and bring economic benefit and jobs to the area.
“I want to thank everyone for taking the time to complete our online survey and also to those who came along to the events to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas with us.
"There is still time to get involved in this stage of the process through the online survey or by writing to us directly via the website before 21 April.
To take part in the consultation, email T2consultation@potll.com by 21 April 2017 or write to TILBURY2 Project, Port of Tilbury, Leslie Ford House, Tilbury RM18 7EH.
More information can be found at www.tilbury2.co.uk