Crimes of note:
6th July 2021 Theft from a Motor Vehicle - Watling Street
Unknown suspect broke into a motor vehicle and items were stolen.
6th July 2021 Theft from a Motor Vehicle - Watling Street
Unknown suspect broke into a parked lorry and stole items from the vehicle.
14th July 2021 Burglary - Sole Street
A window was smashed on a property in order to gain entry to the premises. A pot of coffee was stolen however no other items were taken an d no other damage.
15th July 2021 Theft - Watling Street
Unknown suspect had stolen a mobile phone that was unattended.
8th July 2021 Criminal Damage - The Street
One vehicle was damaged by a suspect kicking the vehicle.
10th July 2021 Theft - The Street
Catalytic converter was stolen from a motor vehicle.
Anti-social behaviour and updates on previous issues:
The Street - We are still getting reports of concerns around speeding through The Street and this is being looked into with other partner agencies. I have had an update from KCC who had fitted a data logger on the road but this was only about to collect two days worth of data. KCC have requested that survey tubes are reinstated in September once the schools return as they should not be undertaking this type of survey in holiday periods. From the data that has been collected so far, it does show that the 20MPH speed limit is being well complied with but more data is yet to be collected. Myself and other rural PCSOs are still carrying out speed checks on The Street and other locations in Cobham.
Cobhambury Road - The wooded location is still being hit with anti-social behaviour but the Community Safety Unit as a whole are still working to tackle this issue. I am working closely with the land owners and hopefully we can put a stop to this soon. I still ask that when attending such areas throughout the whole rural area you are respectful and mindful of others.
Items of good work
- Community Engagement
- Reassurance visits to victims of crime
- Attending CAD's
- Meeting with KCC Wardens
- Attending meetings with Neighbourhood Watch
- Planning a week of action to be carried out in September with PCSO Lowe and PCSO Meader
- Reporting several incidents of fly tipping within the parish
Highways England to hold new public consultation on plans to build and operate the Lower Thames Crossing
Highways England has today (Wednesday 23 June) announced details of a new round of public consultation on the Lower Thames Crossing, as it prepares to submit its application for a Development Consent Order last this year. This Community Impacts Consults=ation will give people the opportunity to review and comment on Highway England's plans to build and operate the Lower Thames Crossing and how it proposes to reduce its impact on the local community and environment. Topics include changes to traffic, air quality, noise and vibration, as well as the impact of the new crossing on the environment and landscape.
The consultation will also include some changes made to the project since the previous consultation in 2020. This includes a reduction in the area needed to build and operate the scheme, a smaller impact on local properties and woodland and new public spaces on both sides of the River Thames. The project has also summarised how the feedback provided during earlier consultations has been used in the development of the project.
The proposed crossing will almost double road capacity between Kent, Thurrock, Havering and Essex, and ease congestion and improve air quality on the Dartford Crossing by diverting over 13 million vehicles away every year. It will help level up regions across the southeast by creating an additional, reliable connection between people, jobs, homes and businesses, as well as support the region's recovery from Covid by employing over 22,000 people during construction.
The ambitious proposals will also help the region build back better by creating over 300 hectares of improved habitats for wildlife and new greenspaces for local communities. Highways England recently announced the creation of a new community woodland in partnership with Forestry England and this consultation includes details of two new public parks; Chalk Park to the East of Gravesend and Tilbury Fields in Thurrock. These will be connected by seven green bridges and over 46km of new or improved public footpaths.
Matt Palmer, Executive Director for Lower Thames Crossing, said "The Lower Thames Crossing is the most ambitious road scheme in a generation. It will improve journeys, drive long term economic growth by creating new opportunities for those living, working and doing business in the region and play a key role in our recovery from Covid by supporting 22,000 jobs during construction."
"Your feedback has been crucial in developing the project - not just to reduce the impact, but to find opportunities to enhance habitats for local wildlife and create new public parks, woodland and footpaths for the local community. This further consultation is another opportunity for you to have your say before we submit our planning application at the end of the year. I would like to thank you in advance for once again giving us your time and feedback."
The 8 week consultation will run from Wednesday 14 July to 23.59 on Wednesday 8 September 2021. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the project is providing a range of ways to access information including a dedicated consultation website, webinars and a telephone service. If government guidance permits the project will also host a series of in-person events at locations along the proposed route. A range of documents will be also published alongside new visualisations and video flythroughs giving an overview of the route before, during and after it is built.