Date: Tuesday, July 16
Time: 2pm-4pm Place: Eastgate, 141 Springhead Parkway, Northfleet DA11 8AD
Details: Visit from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire to discuss generating growth in the Thames Estuary.
· Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter CBE
· Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire
· London Borough of Bexley Leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE
Earlier this year, Secretary of State James Brokenshire re-confirmed the Estuary as a national geographical priority with “the potential to deliver growth to support the success of the whole of the UK economy”.
Kent County Council strongly welcomed the report from the Thames Estuary 2050 Commission chaired by Sir John Armitt and the Government’s reinvigorated commitment to the Thames Estuary.
KCC Leader Paul Carter said: “Government has said the case for investment and collaborative working in the Thames Estuary is clear. The potential here is greater than the Northern Powerhouse.
“We must now capitalise on the that commitment and shape the type of growth we want to see – ‘good growth’ that isn’t focused just on housing.
“We want to see enhanced transport links with Crossrail to Ebbsfleet, inward investment, both public and private, devolving governance to put decision-making in local hands, and welcoming the creative industries and healthcare sectors to the Thames Estuary.
“We have been working closely with Government and local partners to shape governance, define appropriate development and build on our strengths to deliver balanced and good growth in the Thames Estuary.”
KCC will be putting forward its priorities at the event to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the Commission for improved transport infrastructure and public and private investment to accelerate growth.