Thames Estuary Commission begins to look at future of north Kent
PUBLISHED: 13:20 12 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:24 12 July 2016
Members of the commission went on their first fact-finding trip recently
Members of a commission responsible for developing a plan for areas along the Thames Estuary were briefed on the potential use of the river recently.
Lord Heseltine, together with members of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, took to the Thames, as they try to develop a plan for areas in north Kent, south Essex and east London.
The plan is expected to highlight how the area can develop, attract and retain skilled workers and make the most of planned infrastructure including the Lower Thames Crossing.
The group was announced back in March during the Chancellor’s budget, and is expected to report back to government by Autumn 2017.
The Port of London Authority claims the Thames could be vital to growth in the future.
Last week it launched its vision for the river’s development over the next 20 years.
Robin Mortimer, chief executive at PLA, said: “There is a renewed focus on the Thames as a catalyst for growth over the coming decades.
“This trip was a great opportunity to share with the commissioners the vision for the Thames that we shaped with stakeholders over the last 18 months.
“We hope that the vision will give the commission a ready reference for the potential growth in use of the Thames and what needs to be done to unlock it.”