The Petition was started by Claire Tovey back in November 2015, has now closed with 31,390 votes. Wow!
From this text inspired over 30K people to say NO
“Stop a new Thames Crossing being built in Thurrock”
We want the government to look into alternative locations for the new crossing, away from Thurrock. The local roads are already overloaded. Building a new crossing could potentially cause a triangle of traffic, ‘trapping’ people in the area, causing, even more, issues.
“The Government are looking into building a new Thames Crossing, with both of the preferred options in Thurrock. Option A would be for a crossing to be built next to the existing bridge and Option C would cut through miles of the green belt, destroying wildlife reserves and taking away green space.”
Here are some of the highlights of this petition lifetime.
- Only one constituency did not vote! So from Land’s End (24 votes) to Orkney (3 votes) we can be seriously proud that this local issue has reached UK wide support.
- An interesting fact can be seen when looking more closely at the downloadable data
- UK counts for 98% of the total
- The other votes are from 59 other countries including AUS, 175 votes!
- Mid-March we reached 10k which inspired this response (not the government’s finest)
The Government recognises the concerns of local communities when considering any major infrastructure improvement such as the new Lower Thames Crossing. A new crossing is necessary to reduce congestion at the existing Dartford crossing and unlock economic growth, supporting the development of new homes and jobs in the region.
Since 2009 a number of options for the new crossing have been considered. In July 2014, following a public consultation in 2013, the Government asked Highways England to develop the two most promising options which are the subject of the current public consultation. This current consultation is seeking the views of the local communities to inform subsequent recommendations from Highways England expected later this year.
The Government will review these recommendations carefully and take all of this into account before making any decision on a preferred option later this year.
Any preferred option would then be subject to the provisions of the Planning Act 2008 and be considered as a nationally significant infrastructure project under the National Networks National Policy Statement (NN NPS) published in December 2014.
This statutory planning process requires the scheme promoter to make an application for a Development Consent Order which includes further statutory public consultation. The NN NPS provides planning guidance for promoters of nationally significant infrastructure projects on the road and rail networks, and the basis for the examination by the Examining Authority and decisions by the Secretary of State.
Department for Transport
- Then came the Russell Brand effect… Like him or not this interview recorded by Alan Peaford of our local lad raised the awareness of this petition and punched it through the 30K barrier.
- This wasn’t the only local celeb endorsement
- Once the consultation ended in April impetus subsided and over that last month progress didn’t increase as we’d have all liked.
This was not a negative. Over 30,000 people from the whole of the UK voted for this petition. This didn’t get TV or newspaper coverage and took local people to push this to the nation. We all did this everyone on the Facebook group, their friends, relatives, and people who have left but not forgot Thurrock, Dartford, Gravesham and surrounding areas.