End of gas tanker misery for residents

Echo: Delighted - councillor Ray Howard is backing the submitted plans Delighted - councillor Ray Howard is backing the submitted plans

ACCESS to a gas plant on Canvey is set to be improved in a bid to stop huge tankers driving through the island’s residential streets.

Energy giant Calor Gas has submitted plans to create a new private access road to its storage terminal in Thames Road to link up to the £18.5million Roscommon Way extension.

Around 120,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas are imported to the plant every year.
Heavy duty lorries are forced to navigate through the island’s narrow streets, and past a school, to access the plant as there currently is no direct access route.

In a report to the council, agent Dalton Warner Davis, who assisted Calor with the application, said: “Thorney Bay Road and Thames Road, in particular, are narrow residential streets and road tankers are required to directly pass by the front of residential properties, close to a school and manoeuvre around parked cars before being able to enter the terminal. This arrangement is far from ideal in terms of both public safety and highway safety.

“The new access road would enable tankers to access the terminal via the recently completed Roscommon Way, removing this traffic from the residential roads and area of Canvey.”

The company, which is the leading supplier of liquefied natural gas in the UK, is one of only eight refineries in the country supplying the fuel.

Keith Barber, of Clinton Road, Canvey, said: "Those tankers are far too big to go down some of the roads on the island.

"Some of the junctions are just so tight, it's dangerous. This is really good news and shows good initiative from Calor to do this."

The extension of Roscommon Way, which opened in January, was built to allow better access to industrial sites on the island.

County councillor Ray Howard, who has consulted with Calor on the plans, said: “I am in no way an extremist but it has been a big concern that these huge tankers carrying these large amounts of fuel were having to turn through tight junctions.

“This is such good news for all the residents living in that area who currently have to put up with the noise and congestion on the roads. By rerouting the tankers through Roscommon Way, it will remove this problem completely.”

The matter will be debated by Castle Point Council’s development control committee in the next few weeks.

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2:33pm Tue 11 Dec 12

GlenEckett says...

Looks like a good solution to me, let's hope it goes ahead.
Looks like a good solution to me, let's hope it goes ahead. GlenEckett

2:40pm Tue 11 Dec 12

rayleigh123 says...

Whilst this is good news for the residents, lets not forget the really villians of this problem are the COUNCIL.

They gave PERMISSION for the terminal, they gave PERMISSION for the houses and they gave PERMISSION for the road to be built - which even to a layman was not wide enough.
Whilst this is good news for the residents, lets not forget the really villians of this problem are the COUNCIL. They gave PERMISSION for the terminal, they gave PERMISSION for the houses and they gave PERMISSION for the road to be built - which even to a layman was not wide enough. rayleigh123

3:58pm Tue 11 Dec 12

marshman says...

Quick lads. They're putting phase two of the southern relief road across Brick House Farm. Dust them old plans off and get them in whilst there's a free for all at the council. All we need now is the new road across the camp to tidy things up then it's drinks all round on the house. Cheers Ray, don't you just love it when a plan comes together.
Quick lads. They're putting phase two of the southern relief road across Brick House Farm. Dust them old plans off and get them in whilst there's a free for all at the council. All we need now is the new road across the camp to tidy things up then it's drinks all round on the house. Cheers Ray, don't you just love it when a plan comes together. marshman

4:39pm Tue 11 Dec 12

alboyevovi says...

All we need now is for the new road to join up to the Manor way and we will be laughing.
All we need now is for the new road to join up to the Manor way and we will be laughing. alboyevovi

5:17pm Tue 11 Dec 12

John T Pharro says...

alboyevovi wrote:
All we need now is for the new road to join up to the Manor way and we will be laughing.
In your dreams? Actually with the new port at Corringham you may not want it. You will have lorries day and night coming down Northwick Road and up Canvey Way to save going down the A13 to go north on the A130 (the real reason for the Sadler'sFarm "improvements"). Would work if lorries were banned from using it.
[quote][p][bold]alboyevovi[/bold] wrote: All we need now is for the new road to join up to the Manor way and we will be laughing.[/p][/quote]In your dreams? Actually with the new port at Corringham you may not want it. You will have lorries day and night coming down Northwick Road and up Canvey Way to save going down the A13 to go north on the A130 (the real reason for the Sadler'sFarm "improvements"). Would work if lorries were banned from using it. John T Pharro

7:17pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

Lets wait and see the future for the real reason!
Lets wait and see the future for the real reason! Brunning999

7:36am Wed 12 Dec 12

Ian P says...

rayleigh123 wrote:
Whilst this is good news for the residents, lets not forget the really villians of this problem are the COUNCIL. They gave PERMISSION for the terminal, they gave PERMISSION for the houses and they gave PERMISSION for the road to be built - which even to a layman was not wide enough.
You are correct. Roscommon Way has been on the plans for a very long time. Why did they not make this link road part of the planning approval for the Calor Gas terminal?
[quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: Whilst this is good news for the residents, lets not forget the really villians of this problem are the COUNCIL. They gave PERMISSION for the terminal, they gave PERMISSION for the houses and they gave PERMISSION for the road to be built - which even to a layman was not wide enough.[/p][/quote]You are correct. Roscommon Way has been on the plans for a very long time. Why did they not make this link road part of the planning approval for the Calor Gas terminal? Ian P

10:33am Thu 3 Jan 13

sadie1 says...

how many public on canvey no the land to the right of roscommon way has been sold to london developmemt. how long will it take for them to build houses?
how many public on canvey no the land to the right of roscommon way has been sold to london developmemt. how long will it take for them to build houses? sadie1

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