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Lower Thames Crossing (LTC)

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Update 7   [ 5 February 2016 ]

Letter to Parishioners from Higham Parish Council

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Dear Residents                                                                                       


Many of you will have received a letter from Highways England (HE) about the Lower Thames Crossing Consultation.  HE have ignored the people of Higham and do not consider it necessary to hold a public event here.  There are events in other places and these are on the Parish website.  Despite repeated requests to HE they have so far refused to budge.  Requests for their officers to provide an event fall on deaf ears.  This makes a mockery of the consultation.  I have asked HE to supply more copies of the consultation document.  I don't hold out great hope of them being supplied.

The Parish Council will be holding a meeting for all residents on


This will be an opportunity for all of you to hear how the proposals affect the people of Higham and the surrounding area and to hear how YOU can make your views known to HE.  We need as many residents as possible to take part in this.  We will also let you know our plans for future action. There will be a similar meeting at Shorne on the same night.

Although the consultation relates to HE proposals, this is not a done deal.  HE are required to submit to Government their preferred route - option C .  It is the Government that will make the final decision and the Minister has said that he does not rule out option A at Dartford. 

A further meeting for all residents will be held in the Memorial Hall on

Saturday 12th March at 7.30pm

when we will have concrete proposals to put before you advising what your response should be to HE.   I am now hopeful that a representative from Highways England might be able to attend.

After this consultation is over on 24th March we need to concentrate on letting the Secretary of State for Transport know our views.

Your views matter - make them known.

Harold Craske

Borough Councillor




HIGHAM PARISH COUNCIL   www.higham-kent-pc.gov.uk        

image of article from Gravesend Reported newspaper 4 February 2016

image of article from Gravesend Reported newspaper 4 February 2016


Update 6   [ 26 January 2016 ]

Consultation Announcement from Highways England

The government has announced a public consultation on Option C (which affects Higham Parish the most).   As of Saturday 30th January, Higham Library had a small stock of various Highways England booklets and publications about the public consultation for parishioners to pick up and browse.

Highways England plan a series of LTC public information events with documents, maps and other material to view, plus staff to answer questions.  See the dates, times and locations BUT... there is (currently) NOT a public information event scheduled for Higham, the largest village affected locally.  See more details and where to write and complain to Highways England.   

Higham Parish Council, with our Borough Councillors have arranged an initial information meeting for local Higham people to get together to discuss the current Lower Thames Crossing Proposals. Friday 12th February 7.30pm in the Higham Memorial Hall, School Lane, ME3 7JL.

A subsequent Higham Public Meeting is arranged for Saturday 12th March 2016 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, School Lane, ME3 7JL.  Expected speakers include our local MP, KCC Councillor, Chairman of Shorne Parish Council and other pertinent speakers.

Read the government announcement, visit Highways England LTC web site and see a BBC News article

The consultation closes on 24th March 2016.  Please submit your views before this deadline.

Lower Thames Crossing -- Local public information events

(read Location - Date - Time)

Cascade Leisure Centre, Thong Lane, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4LG
Thursday 4 February 11.00am – 7.00pm

Riverside Community Hall, Riverside Centre, Dickens Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2JY
Friday 5 February 11.00am – 7.00pm

Shorne Village Hall,16 The Street, Shorne, Kent, DA12 3EA
Saturday 6 February 10.30am – 4.00pm

Gravesham Borough Council Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AU
Friday 12 February 11.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday 13 February 10.30am – 4.00pm

Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe,Kent, DA9 9ST
Friday 19 February 11.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday 20 February 10.30am – 4.00pm

Eastgate Events Venue, Eastgate, 141 Springhead Parkway, Northfleet, Gravesend, DA11 8AD
Tuesday 23 February 11.00am – 7.00pm

Kent County Council Offices, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ
Monday 7 March 11.00am – 7.00pm

The Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester, Medway, ME1 1LS
Tuesday 8 March 11.00am – 7.00pm

NOTE:- Other events are arranged further away.  See consultation material for a full list.  However, there is NOT a Highways England-arranged public information event scheduled for Higham, the largest village affected locally.  Please write and complain to Highways England about this oversight.

 Shorne Parish Council will be holding a public meeting in the Village Hall, Shorne on Friday 12th February at 7.30pm to give their residents more details, comments and assessment of the LTC proposals.


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