Venue: Council Chambers, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6SL
Contact: Lucy Tricker, Democratic Services Officer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from the Thames Crossing Actiong Group Representative; the Thurrock Business Board Representative; and the Thurrock Business Representative.
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force meeting held on 10 February 2020.
The Democratic Services Officer, on behalf of
the Thames Crossing Action Group (TCAG) Representative highlighted
page 13 of the minutes, and stated that the capacity of the
Dartford Crossing was 135,000, rather than 125,000 as
Items of Urgent Business
To receive additional items that the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency, in accordance with Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.
There were no items of urgent
Declaration of Interests
There were no interests declared.
The Assistant Director LTC introduced the report and stated that the supplementary consultation response was provided for Members to agree, and was to respond to the latest Highways England (HE) consultation, which was running between 29 January 2020 and 25 March 2020. She commented that this was a targeted consultation on specific design changes, based on the 2018 statutory consultation feedback. She outlined the major changes in the route for Thurrock which were:
· Removal of the Rest and Service Area (RaSA);
· Removal of the proposed Tilbury junction;
· Relocating the route approximately 60m north and closer to Linford;
· Changes to junctions between the LTC and the A13, A1089 and A1013;
· Reinstating Rectory Road, so the road did not cut through the Orsett Showground;
· Removal of one lane southbound between the M25 and A13 junction, which was due to traffic modelling predicting that there would be no need for an additional lane;
· Increasing the length of the Mardyke Viaduct by 50m and changing the alignment.
The Assistant Director LTC stated that
officers had been working hard with consultants on the response,
which totalled 466 pages, but highlighted that a non-technical
summary had also been provided. She commented that the response was
very detailed, but that the main themes regarded the impacts to the
environment; health; and the community. She added that the response
also looked at the impact of construction of the route, traffic
modelling, the route design, and land sterilisation. She clarified
that one of the main changes in the new consultation was related to
utilities diversions, particularly around the A13 junction. The
Assistant Director LTC added that the proposed route did not have
regard for Thurrock’s regeneration plans, as well as the
development of the Local Plan, but an economic report had been
commissioned and circulated to Members, as well as being included
in the consultation response, as it quantified the impact of the
route. She stated that the report sought delegated authority to
make necessary changes in the consultation response until
submission, and also considered the Council’s response as a
landowner, as a report would be produced that outlined the
landowner impact on a plot by plot basis. She mentioned that the
Council rejected any compulsory purchase of Council land by HE, and
the Council’s position remained the same as in December 2018,
and were rejecting the route on an in-principle basis due to the
harm it would cause the borough.
There were no updates to the Task Force Priorities List.
There were no updates to the Work Programme.