Last night at Dartford Borough Council I made the case to Councillors that it’s not more debates we need on a new Lower Thames Crossing – it’s a decision from the government.
In response to a Labour question, it was disappointing to hear from the Leader of the Council Jeremy Kite that he won’t be pressing the government to make a decision this year. I think that’s the wrong priority for Dartford. We’ve had behind the scenes meetings, debates in parliament – yet the government has missed deadline after deadline and broken promise after promise to the people of Dartford. Which is why we must conclude that this government are not taking the concerns of local people seriously – we are still no nearer a decision. The longer the Government delay making a decision questions will be asked about their commitment to building a new crossing at all.
A Labour Council in Dartford would be wasting no opportunity to tell the government that Dartford has waited long enough for a decision on the crossing. We need to end the uncertainty and start to get Dartford moving again right now. Letting the government get away with further delay is not the right choice from the current Leader of the Council or the MP.
Cllr Jonathon Hawkes