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 absence were received from Councillor Andrew Jefferies and Councillor Terry Piccolo. Peter Ward, Thurrock Business Board Representative also sent his apologies, and John Speakman acted as his substitute.
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force meeting held on 10 June 2019.
The Thames Crossing Action
Group (TCAG) Representative highlighted page seven of the agenda
and clarified that ground investigations would be taking place both
north and south of the river. She also clarified that on page eight
of the agenda, she anticipated that additional consultation would
be occurring, rather than believed.
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 business.
Declaration of Interests
There were no declarations of interest.
The Highways England (HE)
People and Communities Advisor gave a presentation regarding the
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and began by stating that it would
have a community focus, highlighting economy, places, equality,
health and people. She stated that the HIA would be combined with an Equalities Assessment to
ensure a collaborative approach, which would identify potential
benefits and adverse effects of the scheme, whilst taking into
account mitigation, existing and future communities and local area
understanding. She commented that a Community Impacts and Public
Health Advisory Group (CIPHAG) had been set up which was comprised
of affected Local Authorities, and had an independent Chair. The HE
People and Communities Advisor then went on to discuss the timeline
of the CIPHAG and discussed how it had been set up in November
2018, had agreed the Terms of Reference in January 2019 and had
then been involved in topic specific sessions. She clarified that
each meeting related to a specific topic and outlined which topics
had been discussed so far, with
accessibility and road safety being discussed in April 2019, and
air quality and noise discussed in June 2019. She stated that the
next CIPHAG meeting would be held in
September. She added that so far the CIPHAG had agreed the
definition of health the HIA would use, which would be the
definition used by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the social
model of health to be used, the topics scoped for assessment, and
the collation of localised baseline data. The HE People and
Communities Advisor added that they had a comprehensive baseline
dataset of Thurrock collected, which had been
provided by Thurrock Council officers, and ensured the data covered
local areas as well as borough-wide. She moved onto
outlining the process of the HIA and highlighted that the Lower
Thames Crossing (LTC) scheme was currently undertaking topic-based
assessments to feed into the HIA, and this included areas such as
accessibility, travel time, and public transport. She summarised
and stated that the HIA would consider potential impacts and
benefits during construction and operation of the scheme, and
outlined the next steps for the HIA over summer.
The Assistant Director LTC stated that no updates had been received regarding the Task Force Priorities List, but this was a standing item on the agenda. Councillor Kelly stated that many questions on the Task Force Priorities List related to consultation, and asked if a question regarding the business case and how the LTC would be charged could be added. He felt that residents should be able to access the LTC for free, or heavily discounted, and the charging system should be linked to DartCharge to make it easier for all users. Councillor Massey asked if a question regarding the Proposed Rest and Service Area in East Tilbury be added to the Priorities List, and the Assistant Director LTC replied that this had been discussed during consultation, but when HE clarified the scheme then further discussions could be had on this topic.
The Assistant Director LTC stated that although the Work Programme looked bare, this was because HE were reviewing their consultation responses, so were not in a position to provide updated to the Task Force. She stated that consultants were currently analysing the traffic modelling data, and once this was complete a traffic modelling workshop with the Task Force could take place.