On Tuesday 15th July the Conservative government announced that they would, once again, be deferring the decision on the preferred route for the new Thames Crossing until a future date. This means that the lives of the people in the residential wards of Riverview Park, Westcourt and Chalk, as well as the rural villages of Higham and Shorne, will continue to be blighted.
They will no doubt give numerous reasons for this indecision, ranging from planning requirements through to ‘doing the right thing’. As you know they have already had many months to undertake research work and consider our objections, but this all seems to have been ignored. This deliberate and unnecessary delaying tactic will simply prolong the blight on the lives and homes of the people living in East Gravesham for many more months and possibly years to come.
Option C will have a disastrous impact on air quality, noise pollution and cause unacceptable environmental damage. Despite this, the Conservative controlled Kent County Council has stated that this is their preferred option. The fact is, KCC has indicated it would prefer to move it even CLOSER to Riverview and has shown scant concern for the devastating impact on Chalk. This fight to protect our communities will not be easy; particularly as KCC have the ear of the current Conservative government. However, with your continued help and support your local Labour Party, Labour controlled Borough Council and Tan Dhesi your Labour Parliamentary candidate will continue its opposition to this crossing being built in Gravesham.
The involvement of Residents’ and Environmental Groups with their opposition to Option C has been invaluable. This opposition must now continue for the foreseeable future, probably until sometime beyond the next general election. Your local Labour Party is committed to continue to fight this proposal and support our residents’ right to enjoy a reasonable quality of life.