Venue: Committee Room 1, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6SL. View directions
Contact: Lucy Tricker, Democratic Services Officer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absences were received from Councillor Allen Mayes, Councillor Tom Kelly and Councillor Gary Byrne, as well as Westley Mercer, Thurrock Business Board Representative. Peter Ward, Thurrock Business Representative also sent his apologies and sent John Speakman as his substitute.
Nomination of Chair and Vice-Chair
Councillor Rice was nominated as Chair by Councillor Shinnick and this was seconded by Councillor Muldowney. This was agreed by the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force. Councillor Spillman was nominated as Vice-Chair by Councillor Shinnick and this was seconded by Councillor Jefferies. This was agreed by the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force.
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force meeting held on 11 February 2019.
The Chair highlighted the
section of the minutes on page 7 of the agenda regarding the
software licence which HE had promised to send in February, and
asked if this had been received yet. The Strategic Lead Transport
Development replied that this had been received, and would provide
a full update later on in the meeting.
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.
Councillor Spillman raised one item of urgent business regarding Councillor Massey, the newly elected Independent Member from East Tilbury, and his participation in the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force. He asked if it was possible to amend the Terms of Reference so Councillor Massey could sit on the Task Force. The Democratic Services Officer replied that although this was possible, the Terms of Reference would have to be updated, and then be agreed upon at General Services Committee, which was not yet planned for this municipal year. Councillor Spillman then asked if he could withdraw Councillor Gary Byrne from the Task Force, and gift his seat to Councillor Massey. The Democratic Services Officer commented that this was possible, although this could not be confirmed at this LTC meeting. She clarified that Councillor Spillman would have to announce this at Full Council so the Appointments Booklet could be updated and all elected Members could agree. Councillor Spillman confirmed that this was the option he would be pursuing, and would announce the gifting of the seat at the next Full Council meeting.
Declaration of Interests
There were no interests declared.
The Chair asked if any Members
had any comments regarding the Terms of Reference. The Thames
Crossing Action Group (TCAG) Representative replied that the Terms
of Reference listed her group as the ‘Lower Thames Crossing
Action Group’, but the official name was the ‘Thames
Crossing Action Group’ and asked if this could be
The Strategic Lead Transport
Development introduced the report and stated that there were no
fundamental changes to the Priorities List, and was on the agenda
for the Task Force to note. He stated that HE were currently
analysing 26,000 consultation responses, and that because of this
the Council were unlikely to hear from HE until later on in June. He elaborated that HE
were currently looking at the scheme design, but the Council had
not received detail on this. The Strategic Lead Transport
Development then added that HE had provided the data sharing
agreement and cordoned model, and these had been separated into two
sections. The first section related to 2036-2041 and had been sent
over on 13 May 2019; and the second section related to 2031-2051
and had been sent over on 6 June 2019, and the Council’s
consultants, PBA, were currently analysing the data. He moved onto
discussing the Health Impact Assessment (HIA), which was being
progressed and officers had now agreed to its scope. The Strategic
Lead Transport Development finished by stating that the Council
were expecting an announcement from HE in the next few weeks, which
would allow for matters to be progressed further.
The Chair stated that a report
updating the Task Force on the progress of the HIA would be coming
to July’s meeting. The Vice-Chair asked officers to put
pressure on PBA to analyse the data, so a workshop could be
organised for the Task Force. He also asked if a formal complaint
process could be drawn up against HE,
although he understood the Council were currently in a waiting