It is probably the case that most people would need to check their Google maps to find exactly where Linford is. They might also need to double-check where East Tilbury is situated. And the name ‘Bata’ might evoke a distant memory of shoes, but without entirely knowing why.
EASL has researched the history of the area, but just as importantly, it has also seen the future. It has witnessed the gradual refurbishment and transformation of the former Bata Shoe Factory (now known as the Thames Industrial Estate), and how a series of Bauhaus-inspired listed buildings have begun to form the catalyst of change at East Tilbury. How new homes have been skilfully inserted into the natural and urban landscape, reaffirming the decision of a Czech industrialist in the 1920’s to site a railway holt in the south Essex marshes and build a new settlement around it.
EASL has reviewed the exciting plans for the Thames Estuary as whole, and seen how a relatively isolated community could serve to be a focal point for growth, all within direct access of London by rail, and a multitude of local job opportunities, principally at Port Tilbury and London Gateway port.
Linford and East Tilbury is a proud community, with a proud past. Handled carefully, it can also have a proud future. EASL will be working with the community to ensure that East Tilbury and Linford benefits from planned strategic infrastructure – not least, Highways England’s proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing.