Chelmsford North Action Group (NAG)

Chelmsford to be engulfed by huge motorways connecting the Channel Ports, via a new Lower Thames Crossing, A130, on to Stansted, M11 and A14. The new A130 at Boreham, Essex Regiment Way and north will damage Lt Waltham, Boreham, Barnston, Ford End, Chatham Green. Lt. Waltham Outer M25 Action Group were criticised for warning about this in mid 2006. It will happen - official Essex and Kent County Council October 2006. And with 16,000 new homes coming to Chelmsford? Join the debate!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Essex Chronicle November 10th 2006

Lower Thames Crossing

Report on Page 3

The Lt Waltham Outer M25 Action Group are pleased to be cited by Peter Baker in relation to the possible new Lower Thames Crossing.

However the report in The Chronicle is a few sentences edited from a 1,400 word carefully reasoned letter dated October 18th.

Here is our conclusion exactly as set out on October 18th.

It seems to us in the area of Lt Waltham and beyond, that there are some key factors to hold uppermost in our discussions if we want a fair & balanced outcome:

These are not simple problems to solve. Dialogue is essential.
Local traffic and national traffic should be separated – on grounds of safety for all.
National Roads should have the minimum of entry and exit points.
National Roads should be kept as far away from the population as possible.
National Roads are most effective when they are the shortest distance between two points – the Romans knew that 2000 years ago. It saved steps then – it saves fuel now.
Compensation for loss of homes should be generous – it is a sacrifice for the population as a whole.
Old areas of land, already to some extent spoiled by historical developments such as Boreham Airfield ( a brown-field site?), should be used for development rather than intruding onto green areas.
Green-Wedges should be preserved in perpetuity.
Village life should be enhanced, not undermined by huge traffic flows as an unintended consequence of developments elsewhere.


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