TONIGHT: BBC Kent's John and Maggie to host Lower Thames Crossing debate in Shorne
PUBLISHED: 15:06 10 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:41 11 March 2016
The comprehensive debate will be hosted by the team behind the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Kent
A comprehensive debate on the proposed Lower Thames Crossing is set to take place in Shorne this evening (Thursday).
Hosted by John Warnett and Maggie Doyle, the duo behind the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Kent, it will bring together those on both sides of the argument.
Jeremy Kite, leader of Dartford Borough Council, said: “The debate has become dominated by the ‘no to Option C’ campaign and you can debate that all you want but it doesn’t change the facts about what does and doesn’t work.
“It will be good to receive some clearer information about Option C which I don’t think a lot of people are aware of.”
MP for Dartford Gareth Johnson said: “It’s important that people have an opportunity to contribute to the debate over the location of the next Thames crossing. This event will give people the chance to air their views to a large audience and so I am grateful to Radio Kent for hosting the event.”
Bob Lane, of the campaign group Abridge2far, said: “It is important for Gareth Johnson MP and the people of Dartford to understand that people in Shorne and the surrounding areas are extremely sympathetic to the congestion and pollution they are suffering.
“We are also well aware that the Dartford Crossing will still be there long after any new crossing is built, so it is extremely important that the problems they have are resolved.
“However, we do not believe that putting a new crossing east of Gravesend will do anything to address the problems at Dartford; all it will do will spread these problems to thousands of other people not currently affected, while leaving the same situation at Dartford.”