The Senior Consultant began the verbal update
and informed Members that this had been discussed at
January’s Task Force meeting, and since then Thurrock
officers had met with HE to discuss the
57 recommendations made in the Hatch report. He stated that
officers had been challenging HE
regarding mitigation which could be accepted, but felt that HE had
been accommodating to some of the proposed mitigation. He
highlighted that not all of the mitigation fell under HE’s
remit, and Thurrock would be discussing these areas, such as with
the Department for Transport, who might be responsible for some
measures. The Senior Consultant gave the example of the
hypothecation of toll money for use by Thurrock Council, which fell
under the Department for Transport remit. He stated that a more
detailed report would be brought before the Task Force in March,
which would highlight which items had been agreed and how, and
would seek Members guidance regarding the prioritisation of items
that were still up for discussion. He stated that the list of
accepted items from the Hatch report was still being finalised with
officers and HE, but would be shared before the Task Force in
March. He summarised and highlighted that written answers to
questions to HE from the previous Task Force meeting, would be
shared with Members next week.
Councillor Muldowney questioned what mitigation would be included at the Asda roundabout. The Senior Consultant stated that the Tilbury 2 development had proposed mitigation, as well as the London Resort, whose DCO had recently been accepted. He explained that the LTC would need to account for both of those schemes when proposing mitigation, and as it was a critical roundabout for HGV use during construction, and that any potential additional mitigation would hopefully happen in advance of any construction. The Resident Representative highlighted that air quality data had been promised to the Task Force at January’s meeting. He questioned whether this had been received yet, or if HE had updated their route visualisations. The Senior Consultant stated that the air quality data had been shared with Thurrock officers, who had not yet had time to analyse it in detail. He added that air quality data was also included in the Environmental Statement, which was part of the DCO documentation and was approximately 50,000 pages long. He then highlighted that visualisations, as seen in today’s presentation, would be necessary to be included for the next proposed public consultation covering design, structures, landscape, GI, and PRoW. He stated that he would make the point strongly to HE that Task Force Members had requested additional visualisations, including an updated fly-through. The Chair echoed this point and felt that the visualisations in the recent presentations had been much improved and needed to continue as they helped residents understand the size and look of the route. He welcomed the potential for more visualisations of a similar quality in the future.
The TCAG Representative stated that it was now public knowledge that the Assistant Director of LTC would be leaving Thurrock and thanked her for her hard work and invaluable experience during Task Force meetings and behind the scenes. She again thanked the Assistant Director and hoped any replacement would continue the hard work and keep up the high standard of the Task Force. The Chair echoed her statement and thanked the Assistant Director for her work.
Councillor Muldowney questioned whether or not the Task Force meeting would go ahead due to the purdah period. The Senior Democratic Services Officer replied that there was currently a meeting scheduled for April, but this would be last meeting of the municipal year.