June 2022 LTC Task Force Meeting

The June 2022 LTC Task Force meeting took part on Mon 20th June.  TCAG’s Chair, Laura was in virtual attendance.    

The meeting was live webcast and you can watch the recording on the council’s YouTube channel (we’ve embedded a copy below), and our update covers some of the highlights.

New council year

This meeting was the first of the new council year, we are pleased to announce that members voted in Councillor Fraser Massey as Chair, and Councillor John Kent as Vice Chair for another year.

The line-up for the LTC Task Force committee for the council year 2022-23 is:

 

Thurrock Council letter to Treasury

There was an item of urgent business included in the meeting. This was to allow discussion on Thurrock Council’s recent letter to the government’s Treasury.

The letter from Thurrock Council’s Leader, Rob Gledhill is addressed to The Rt. Hon Simon Clarke MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

In the letter, Cllr Gledhill states that there is “substantial and growing evidence to suggest that the current scheme is at risk as it will fail to provide value for money”. He highlighted that with all the changes that have taken place, there is a need to review alternatives to the scheme.

The letter concludes that “The scheme cannot therefore be justified in economic or environmental terms”.

Also copied in on the letter were Baroness Vere of Norbiton – DfT, Michael Gove – DLUHC, George Eustice –  DEFRA, Kwasi Kwarteng – DBEIS, Nick Harris – CEO National Highways, LTC Executive Director Matthew Palmer – National Highways, Leader – London Borough of Havering, Leader – Gravesham Borough Council, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, and Stephen Metcalfe MP.

Read the letter

Items of Urgent Business - Letter to Treasury

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If you are having any issues with viewing our response above it can also be downloaded as a pdf file here.

 

Laura thanked the council and those involved in preparing and sending this great letter.  We wait to see what happens next!

 

Thurrock Council’s response to LTC Local Refinement Consultation Update

Members were given a brief update from officers on the content we can expect in the council’s official response.

Local Authorities have been granted a slight extension to respond to the consultation by National Highways.  This is to allow for the fact that some are reforming after elections, and also to allow time for responses to pass official governance that has to happen within Local Authorities.

Thurrock Council’s response will be put before the full council on Weds 29th June 2022.  At the time of writing this update the agenda for the meeting, which will include a copy of the response, has not yet been published.  We will update again in due course once the response becomes available.

 

Related

LTC Task Force meetings – click here

BBC – Council letter to Treasury outlines Lower Thames Crossing concernsclick here

Transport Action Network – Flagship road scheme under threat?click here