Evening all, please read...

I have addressed many concerns privately about these two topics and answered many questions, also privately so thought now best to make a public statement on it.

This Facebook group and the campaign is focused solely against further Thames crossings through Thurrock. Simple.

1. If you have made any posts recently that have been deleted please feel free to ask me, or any admin member why privately and we will address. Any posts recently deleted were because the title of the post or the attached link etc contain nothing related to the Lower Thames Crossing. If we allow everything, the page becomes incredibly diluted and only serves as a distraction to the cause that I assume most joined this group for. The Facebook group is a nightmare to manage between 6 people who also have their own lives but as an open invitation to anyone questioning this page and it's operation please contact me directly. It's easy enough to do that on Facebook. I do not want the overall campaign to be diluted by debates about topics far from the matter. If something has been deleted that maybe shouldn't of been, contact me, privately, and let me know why and I'll ask it's reposted.

2. This campaign and this group is completly POLITICALLY NEUTRAL. If any posts or comments , made by anyone have not been picked up by admin, it's simply because even between 6 of us, things get missed. Rest assured that we gladly welcome support from anyone including local councillors, but leave your colours at the door or your simply not welcome. The divide that political allegiance can cause would be devastating to this campaign and I simply will not allow it to happen. We are not pro anyone we are pro Thurrock, and I will not hesitate to tell that to any elected officials myself. I refer to my previous comment about the management of this site, on a good day it's a nightmare so please understand and work with us. If you see something report the post to admin via the option on Facebook and it gets alerted to us straight away, but we are not constantly online policing this page. If this campaign ever became anything other than politically neutral would be the same day I walk away. Going forward all politically bias posts will be deleted.

If you can sense my frustration, it's because I'm frustrated. A huge amount of work has and still is going into this campaign, you may not agree and you don't have to, feel free to leave at any stage. This is managed by people including me in thier own time, with families and jobs so please respect the time and effort involved. If it isn't for you feel free to start another campaign/group, if it helps Thurrock stop another crossing then I'll support and help. Likewise if you feel this campaign be run better or more efficiently then please let me know and I'll step aside. Until that day happens, please help us, help Thurrock.

Please ask yourself why your part of this group and campaign. if anything I've said above is viewed negatively then you probably shouldn't be. I am not hard to find and I'm kind and courteous to anyone that takes the time to reach out and contact me directly even if that's with just to give some feedback.

Thanks

George
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Caroline StillWell put George Abbott

23 hours ago
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Rosie RoastWell said x

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Peter WilsonTotally agree with that !!

23 hours ago
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Gail ChapmanTotally agree, I think you do a great job.

22 hours ago
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Maureen BennettYou're doing a great job on our behalf and it's really appreciated

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Gaynor ShepherdWell said George

15 hours ago
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Jo Taylor👍🏻

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Fleur BouquetPlease don't give up on us George ... you and your colleagues are doing an incredible job ... the time and effort you put into this is much appreciated. 👏

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Bobbie GouldIt takes dedication determination and definitely patience as well as people skills to be able to take on your role to name but a few more qualities you have them George and it is appreciated by many of us your colleagues too

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Paul FlanaganWell said George. In the words of Lawrence of Arabia - "Take no prisoners!" 😉

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Elizabeth MurdochAbsolutely George Abbott- we are For Thurrock - In Thurrock - thanks for backing us so strongly- give me a shout if you need a hand!

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Roger SladeThanks for that Sarah, I will PM you once we have made a decision on where/when we will be campaigning.

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This Event is being put on by Community Forums.
FORUMS are apolitical.

Tyrrells Hall
2ND THAMES LOWER CROSSING TALK

DEAR ALL

SUNDAY - 21ST MAY 2017
TALK ON THAMES CROSSING
PROVIDED BY THAMES CROSSING GROUP

TIME 12.15 VENUE TYRRELLS HALL CLUB
SMALL HALL (UPSTAIRS) SORRY STAIRS
NOTES FOR THOSE THAT CANNOT MAKE IT
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Vincent OffordMany thanks unto Crossing Team for updates. Sadly the attendance was very poor. The impact on certain parts of Thurrock has not sunk in yet. Air Pollution Infrastructure break down Traffic choas Possible 30000 New Homes A1089 Spaghetti Junction at Baker Street.

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Misty Barnes#scousemegaphoneman is jdp going to be there

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Kelley MacNabIt's only just come up on my news feed now.... very odd. And I'm on FB at various times of the day, everyday.

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Vincent OffordHi Meeting feed went on some time ago. Couple of repeats. I would be interested if you did not see originals. I use 20 local feeds and response was pretty positive but results have proved otherwise. Again thanks to Crossing team for updates.

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Geraldine RiddlesSorry, I was on holiday, otherwise I would have been there. I can't understand why so many people still do not realise what this is all about, and how it will affect them.

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Terry PoskittOnly just seen this

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Vincent OffordHi Trying to put on another event in June post election.

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Roger SladeGood work organising this Vince. Great shame there were not more attendees. We would be happy to return. I fear that many people will not realise the immense changes this proposed crossing will bring to Thurrock until they see it actually in place.

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Jan FawsittI hadn't seen the post before late yesterday, too late to attend.

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Dear Admin. Yesterday I posted an article regarding proposals to downgrade/close the A+E at Southend. Given the knock on affect this will have for Thurrock and surrounding areas, with more people using less A+E's like Basildon ie an asthmatic suffering from toxic air pollution due to increased vehicular use I thought this post was pertinent to this group. Can you please explain why this post was taken down? ... See MoreSee Less

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Graham Palmerprobably because it was not crossing related !

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Collins ChrisI had one taken down because it was political even though it related to the bridge!

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Matt JacksonGuys, the simple matter is... this wall is becoming cluttered with opinions and noise that should be vented via your own walls... this group is here to act as a 'united voice' for the objection of Route 3 or any crossings in thurrock... with constant bickering about politics, whos using the crossing in their manifesto, whos not... bottom line... if any of this has little or no effect on our quest, dont post it. posts which will remain are ones that show some evidence or have credibility in fighting Route 3 (as this is the chosen route)... Posts of friendly support and encouragement, sharing information that maybe the admin team arent aware of, that may help fight this route. We as a team must ride above the snipes and games politics will bring... ultimately none of this will change the fight we have on our hands... only you can make that change happen... Please look at the home page of www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com you may be able to lend a hand??? 'TEAM THURROCK'

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Eric ToddClosing A + E but building more houses. Closing hospitals to build more houses. The new crossing will attract more houses. Something wrong here. Cant quite put my finger on it. NOT.

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Linda CampbellAs a nurse the issue reg closing of Southend Hosp A&E is most definitely related Im sure most would be of the same opinion admin !

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Linda CampbellWould think that debate would be applicable & obvious on a group named The Thames Crossing Proposal, how ridiculous perhaps there should be more than one admin for this reason ?

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Linda Campbell

Matt Jacksonim not admin... take a look at the membership. this group does not have the capacity to tackle every single issue that could effect route 3 unless more of you come on board and take that particular task on, however ridiculous you may find it, a select few admin of a particular group cant fix all the problems in essex and kent. the remit of this group remains focused on dealing with route 3 however im sure they like me do appreciate there is a link.

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Madeleine EmmersonWhy can admin not simply allow the posts as being possibly pertinent information and future fight fodder but switch off comments? Thus keeping things shorter and sweeter. Leave comments for the posts they want feedback on. Simple.

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Madeleine Emmerson

Matt JacksonGood Morning all, i guess a lot of this comes down to how much time each of the admin team of the group have to constantly tackle the myriad of posts that occur in a group of this size. the complication of one post being allowed and then deleted comes down to who is available to discuss at any given time.. i imagine this is a complete animal to monitor... it turns out yesterday most of the admin team was running a meeting in little thurrock.. so was unable to get back on here to close off comments on a number of posts. issues that are happening across the nhs trust will form part of the overall discussion when it comes to growth and development. the group is a long way off from having that discussion at this current time - the GE isnt helping matters with any of this to be fair. at this stage, as george alluded to in one of his posts, was the challenge on our hands right now in thurrock and kent is to challenge highways england / uk government over the appalling way the 2016 consultation was carried out. Of the consultation feedback roughly 13,000 thurrock people feel ignored of their voice and opinion. while highways england grouped these ~13000 responses to represent 1... when you consider the impact this has on the overall consultation (total number of responses was ~43000)... 13k represents a large number (nearly 1/3). this is a significant issue, coupled with the way the consultation was conducted... ie not providing enough handouts at info events, closing events early, biased questioning with a focus to option c, while not mentioning any other option that was currently open. using varied cost benefit ratios with a bias towards one particular route... you could say the writing was on the wall... so this is kinda where we're at... (the lobby group - that also includes many of the admin team of this group). ive been challenging this crossing issue since 2008-9 when our ward cllr at the time (Mike Revell) suggested this would just go away... i hope that goes some way in clearing up my blunt response yesterday 🙂 Regards MJ

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