HC Deb 17 July 1963 vol 681 cc523-4
44. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Transport what discussions have taken place between his officials and representatives of the London County Council and the Kent County Council on the implications of the proposed new town on stilts for 25,000 people on Erith Marshes on the provision of new roads, the widening of existing roads and points of access necessitating bridges and flyovers; what progress has been made; and what further discussions are contemplated.

Mr. Galbraith

None, so far. But we have no doubt that the county councils will approach us at the appropriate time.

Mr. Dodds

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a brochure issued last December said that approaches were being made to the transport authorities? Will he got in touch with the Landon County Council, bearing in mind that many people now living in this area are under the shadow of not knowing whether their homes will be demolished for access points? Does he not appreciate the necessity of getting the decision as soon as possible, particularly when this brochure has been printed for months?

Mr. Galbraith

I can understand the difficulty of the hon. Gentleman's constituents, but I understand that the London County Council has not yet got any firm proposals. Until it has some firm proposals, we cannot make our plans. It is up to the local authority to come to my right hon. Friend, and then we can discuss matters.