River Stort Crossing: Harlow MP Robert Halfon urges developers to go back to the drawing board

General / Wed 14th Jul 2021 at 04:14pm

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has urged planners to go back to the drawing board over their bid run a major highway through the River Stort.

Readers will know that as part of the Harlow an Gilston Garden Town Development a road crossing is planned from near Pye Corner in Gilston across to Edinburgh Way.

But Harlow MP Robert Halfon has issued a statement on the crossing that runs through the heart of his constituency.

Mr Halfon said: “After listening hard to many Harlow residents, I am increasingly worried about the impact of these proposals on the beautiful environment of our Stort Valley and the threat to our nature and environment.

“This problem was inherited from the previous Labour Council who agreed to these proposals in the Local Plan in 2020. The Conservatives voted against that Local Plan.

“My belief is that Labour made a mistake and that the developer should go back to the drawing board.

“I will continue to make representation to the relevant Councillors and local authorities – as I have already done.”

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12 Comments for River Stort Crossing: Harlow MP Robert Halfon urges developers to go back to the drawing board:

Tony Durcan
2021-07-14 16:28:10

Sorry how can you blame Labour when a the other parties are Tory,surely this isn’t the time to play the blame game card but let re group and review all options. Seriously sad that the MP is that low on this issue. Not sure who your current spin doctor is but they are not that cleaver or smart. Stupid comment about a serious issue.

thomas colley
2021-07-14 16:50:21

Mr Halfon say's that it was due to the labour council being in power at the time. However he was the MP at the time! What were his comments when these plans went through?

Joan cook
2021-07-14 17:10:18

Can we see a plan of exactly where it starts and ends. If the road comes out onto Edinburgh Way this doesn’t make sense as the road is already congested!

tony edwards
2021-07-14 19:52:52

Mr Halfon's comments are misleading to say the least. The Harlow Conservatives fully supported a proposal for possible compulsory purchase of land associated with the second Stort River Crossing. This was agreed at the Harlow Council meeting of the 29th October 2020 (Item 9). See link 1hr 28min onwards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVBhoc79kSE I also attach a link to the minutes of the meeting https://moderngov.harlow.gov.uk/documents/g1234/Public%20minutes%2029th-Oct-2020%2019.30%20Council.pdf?T=11 I do however share his and the wider public concern and will be raising this matter at tomorrow's Council meeting

Mark Gobell
2021-07-14 20:27:43

Joan Cook 2021-07-14 17:10:18 Can we see a plan of exactly where it starts and ends. If the road comes out onto Edinburgh Way this doesn’t make sense as the road is already congested! * The proposed new elevated road across the stort valley will meet a new roundabout at River Way. River Way is also being extended to a new junction with Cambridge Road, thus creating a rat run for the increased traffic to and from the new M11 J7A to the A414 at Eastwick and bypassing the unbearable rush hour congestion between Templefields and Harlow Station roundabout. Something has to be done because of J7A. If no other relief route is found I imagine the extra traffic generated by J7A will result in more intense and longer lasting grid lock.

Neil Warner-Baker
2021-07-15 10:19:02

This a most welcoming developement and a time for our politicians to come together and reflect on preserving our heritage. How many councillors knew that the railway bridge must be rebuilt, widened and elevated. Who knew the roundabout that is planned to be built on the corner of river way is elevated to a height of 7.4metres thats nearly 30ft high, and that its construction will involve the demolition of a an entire wood that is a vital wildlife habitat and corridor. Who knew that the bridge construction to span the river will be a colossal and damaging feat of engineering, as the piling to support it must travel beneath the London basin which is only 60ft below the surface. Who knew that for nearly a mile the elevated Road would be constructed of 39 4m x 10m culvert piping which would surely become a haven for our towns growing population of rough sleepers and the disenfranchised. And take out many thousands of trees in the process Who knew the roadway is cut out of a hillside formed of many historic landfil sites the contents of which were never recorded but surely contain the toxic waste from industry. Who knew its acoustic design shelters the proposed 13,000 home Gilston project, but would amplify the sound across the Stort Valley and Harlow itself.. Who knew the site contains many rare and protected species and a wildlife habitat that would be allowed to be destroyed and 'offset by the developers.. Who knew that the History and Archeology is incredible.. Early hunter gatherers first settled here... because of the natural springs formed from glacial ice melt, beneath our feet. It was a beacon for wildlife in earlier times of global warming. Harlow was an oasis, a Garden of Eden if you like... Reminds me of a very special song by Jodie Mitchell. " You don't know what you've got till it gone...find paradise...put up a parking lot. (Big yellow taxi)

Neil WarnerBaker
2021-07-15 11:03:48

(Cont) And who knew Queen Boudicca..most probably worshipped here before recruiting the settlers of what was to become Harlow to defeat entire invading Roman legions.... Awe inspiring!

2021-07-15 19:01:05

It's infuriating that these plans are pushed through without consulting the public properly. If the people of Harlow had not voiced their concerns on this ridiculous proposal then this would've been pushed through and gone ahead like all the other development around town. Never ever do we get the full picture I'm sick of it. Why do our MPs insist on straying from their roles of helping out the people in their constituencies. You cannot break a town and fix problems that you have created in order to appease those left hanging onto the dregs of their town. You have to look after the residents of your town on every level and that includes the environment, traffic congestion, public services, social services I could obviously go on as I'm passionate like all Harlow residents are showing they are too!

2021-07-16 10:23:08

I very much welcome the announcement from our MP Robert Halfon that he has listened to Harlow residents concerns about the potentially devastating impact of the proposals to build a bridge barrier crossing into, through and across our natural nature reserve, the beautiful Stort Valley, at a price of what looks to be £63,000,000. There are far greener and less costly alternatives. There's also grave issues about the generic failures to remove pharmaceutical pollution in sewage (halving the human sperm count and turning male fish into female) and detergent & chemical pollution in surface water runoff and the discharge of raw sewage into rivers during periods of heavy rainfall. There's also the massive impact of the installation of a mains sewer to run from Gilston several miles in the Valley to Rye Rye Meads treatment works. Science, Engineering and our awareness and understanding of the fragile nature the environment and ecology has made great progress in recent years especially with the major threats due to Climate Change. The whole Gilston project was conceived many years ago and the design is simply out of date, looking backwards to old thinking. Robert Halfon has recognised this was a mistake and the need to go back to the drawing board is urgent. We need to future proof the project in the light of new information and science about ecology, the environment and global warming. As the PM said yesterday there is a need "to build back better". By doing so this project the aim should be to make this world leading development and leading ultra green project. It's a waste of time arguing about fault all because of a previous lack of knowledge and understanding. All parties, all Cllrs and stakeholders should pull together knowing that wrong decisions need putting right because left as they are because of party dogma and profit, they are costing the Earth. We have to go ultra green.

John Wake
2021-07-16 14:20:00

Edward writes that the aim should be makes this an “ultra green project”. The only way to achieve that aim is to abandon the project. It can never be “green” to build on the Green Belt

Frank O’Shea
2021-07-22 22:54:27

So why is his Government putting up £172M to pay for this road to smash through Pye Corner and despoil the Stort Valley?

2022-05-07 08:16:23

Is this the same Robert Halfon who is a member of the climate change denying "Net Zero Scrutiny Group"? Lobbying on behalf of the oil and fossil fuel industries to try and make sure we do nothing about climate change? I wouldn't believe a word he says about anything if so. He's clearly trying to mislead people here by blaming Labour even though he was the sitting MP when this was passed. Probably another of the Tory brown envelope brigade. Seems like a lucrative gig, pretending to represent constituents. If my current career fails, or I just feel like sucking the life blood out of society to enrich myself, I may become a Tory MP.

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