Latest on the Lower Thames Crossing.

20 March 2018


We have previously reported on the planned new “Lower Thames Crossing” proposal designed to relieve the current congestion on the M25 crossing at Dartford. Following a series of public meetings and consultations the decision has been made to develop a plan based on Location C route 2.
This is a recent update we have received from Highways England.
The new crossing will start on the Kent side just east of Gravesend at Thong with a new interchange at the A2. The crossing will continue north from there to a new bored tunnel under the Thames and reaching the Essex side east of Tilbury (between Tilbury Fort and Coalhouse Fort). Each tunnel (one north one south) will be three lanes and approximately 3Km long.
The new road will continue to the A13 where a new major interchange is planned connecting the new Thames Crossing to the A13. The road will continue on to intersect at the Ockendons between North and South Ockendon somewhere south of Fen Lane. The proposal shows the new road then crossing the M25 around the same point as the Upminster to Lakeside train line. The new road will then sweep round to join the M25 somewhere before the A127 junction.
For those of you who use “The Chase” and perhaps the Cranham Golf course it may mean losing both of these to the ever demanding needs of the car and truck.
Highways England have produced a Virtual Journey Through the new Lower Thames Crossing route which is planned to be complete in 2027, and can be viewed on their website at.
A further consultation programme is planned once the detailed plans are available.

For those not linked into the Highways web site EPAGRA will try to keep you updated through our website and Newsletter.

Planning News February 2018

7 February 2018


2 Berther Road:

The application for a single storey rear and side extension on ground floor and Change of use of first floor to A4 use class (Drinking establishments) was refused by the Council on 7 July. Now a new, similar, application has been submitted for Change of use of first floor to mixed use A3/A4 use class (Restaurant/Cafe and Drinking establishment) and also includes a single storey rear infill extension and part demolition of rear store and erection of entrance porch. We have received a request from the Havering Residents’ Assn. to help them object. We had previously objected to the new application and gave the HRA a copy of our letter of objection to help them.

68 Nelmes Way:

Application for outline planning permission for demolition of the existing residential unit and erection of 4 new residential units. We have not been contacted by any local resident and have not objected, but RR has queried the application. The Council’s decision was due on 29 December but has still not been decided.

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Ardleigh Green Bridge replacement update

25 June 2017


Dear Occupier

I am writing to let you know that, unfortunately, the works to replace Ardleigh Green Bridge will take longer than expected. All four lanes of traffic on the A127 Southend Arterial Road will now re-open in spring 2019. We had planned to reopen the road in December 2017, and I am very sorry for this substantial delay. TfL is committed to looking at ways to minimise local disruption and get the bridge fully open as soon as safely possible.

 Why is the project delayed?

The critical demolition and rebuilding phases for this project can only be completed while both the road and the railway below the bridge are closed.

In November 2016 we began demolishing the eastern side of the bridge. Unfortunately, installing and removing the track protection required took longer than expected. In order to avoid over-running into the Monday morning peak and causing severe disruption to both road and rail users, we were forced to halt the work before the demolition was complete.

We completed the demolition of the eastern side of the bridge during the three day Early May Bank Holiday closure earlier this year. Several further road and rail closures of three consecutive days (72 hours) at a time are required in order to complete the demolition of the western side of the bridge. We have worked very closely with Network Rail to secure this.

We apologise for the ongoing inconvenience this delay will cause and assure you we are doing absolutely everything we can to speed up the overall programme.

Since November, we have made good progress on the new bridge foundations, a ramp to provide access to the railway line, and preparation works for installing the new bridge sections. The next stage of works involves moving the eastern

side of the bridge into place and rebuilding the Essex-bound side of the carriageway.

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Planning News for April 2017

10 October 2016

67 Butts Green Road:  We still await the Council’s decision on the application for a rear extension to both ground and first floor, with conversion of the existing building into three separate self contained apartments with associated amenity and parking.

13 Burntwood Avenue (The former Convent): We await the Council’s decision for the application for Outline Planning permission for the erection of 5 dwellings and an access road.   We have not been contacted by any local residents.

Division of Houses: 11a Nelmes Road: We were informed by a local resident about this and RR has taken it up with the council. (No planning application has been submitted for this.) We have had no further contact from the Enforcement Dept.

65-67 Wingletye Lane: Application has been submitted for a change of use to convert the existing fish & chip shop to a restaurant. It has been called in by our Councillors and is going to Committee tonight. The Council are recommending approval.








Proposed Sale of Part of Elliot’s Field

24 July 2016
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As you may be aware Havering Council have proposed, as part of a scheme  to sell off  part of Elliot’s Field for building on . Local members of EPAGRA, and residents of County Park Estate attended our last monthly meeting to hear more details of the proposals and how to express their support or objection to the councils proposals.

A lively and spirited discussion ensued and the chairman advised residents to write in to the council if they objected, and  to copy him their letter.

At the closing date he had received copies of over 100 letters. Well done to all those  took the time to get involved.

We now await the councils decision which we understand will not be until mid September


7 October 2015




The bridge is at the end of its useful life and is beyond simple repair and maintenance. Replacing the bridge will ensure it is safe, avoid the need to restrict the weight of vehicles using the bridge and reduce the need for unplanned closures for repair or maintenance.


Transport for London is investing around £32m to replace the bridge.

The replacement of Ardleigh Green Bridge is part of the Road Modernisation Plan. The Road Modernisation Plan is the biggest investment in London’s roads for a generation, consisting of hundreds of projects to transform junctions, bridges, tunnels and pedestrian areas. Working with London’s boroughs, it will make our roads safer and more reliable, and London will be a better place in which to live, work and travel. Read More »


8 February 2015

Over 3 years ago one of our members started to be concerned about the poor condition of the paving outside of the shops in Essex Gardens.

She contacted Street Care about the condition of the paving, at one point there were over 63 cracked paving slabs, many of which were uneven and created a tripping hazard.

Emails and phone calls went back and forth to Street Care regarding the problem and not a lot happened. The main reason for the delay appeared to be the inability to determine who actually owned the forecourt outside the shops. Read More »

Tesco – Butts Green Road

Tesco – Butts Green Road

15 June 2014

Tesco has applied for a drinks licence. This was considered at the Licensing Committee 0n 25 June although we do not yet have a decision. (Cllr. Ron Ower spoke against it.)

N.B. There were no representations sent to the Council apart from the one sent by EPAGRA.

4-6 Essex Gardens

22 April 2014

Application submitted for a change of use to a take-away (fish and chips). This was called in by Roger Ramsey and went to Committee on 27 June. Several local residents attended, as did Trevor and Jackie Lawrence. David Crowther spoke in opposition to the application, which was refused unanimously, despite the officers recommending approval. There was confusion over the police response. No appeal submitted yet.

44 Herbert Road

22 April 2014

Appeal dismissed on 3 July (including an application for costs).