Canvey Island to get £20m of Government funding

A £20million Government cash boost is a “golden opportunity” for a long-awaited new road to Canvey Island to ease major traffic congestion, the council leader has said.

Canvey is set to benefit from the cash injection as part of the Government’s long-term plan for the town fund initiative, under the spring budget.

Castle Point Borough Council’s cabinet is set to agree on the appointment of a town’s board, to oversee ideas and discussion with the community over how best to spend the cash for Canvey, at a meeting on Thursday, June 19.

Dave Blackwell, Canvey Independent leader of the council, who will be on the board, said: “I think this is a golden opportunity, for a third road off Canvey, if the town board decide it is a priority.

“I will certainly be making a case for a third road off Canvey and that it should be a priority and this could kick start it.

“I don’t think there is a single person on Canvey who would be against the idea. A third road off Canvey would make such a huge difference, I don’t think a day goes past without constant traffic gridlock.”

Campaigners have been fighting for a third road off the island for many years, with a number of petitions being launched by fed-up residents.

In May 2019 a petition received more than 700 signatures and supporters. Currently, there are two routes off the island, with Canvey Way, running to Sadlers Farm and Canvey Road, running to Benfleet.

Cllr Blackwell added: “The Government funding would open up a lot of opportunities in terms of tourism and business.

“The funding is absolutely massive for Canvey and we were absolutely gobsmacked when it was announced.

“It’s a very exciting time for Canvey and is well overdue as we’ve been neglected over the years.”

Cllr Blackwell also hopes a third road off the island would encourage businesses to set up shop in the south Essex town.

In May, Adam Hawksbee from the Government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities visited Canvey to announce and discuss the funding boost with the community.

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Matthew Critchell

Local Democracy Reporter