Tuesday, 14 September 2004
Partnership working between emergency planning officers from Thurrock Council and Essex County Council continues with the launch of the North Thames Corridor Combined Emergency Response Plan.
This type of planning is essential, having been a legal requirement since the mid- 1980's. However, the position changed in 1997 when Thurrock gained unitary status and became responsible for its own sites.
Since then the two authorities have agreed that in order to underpin the importance of joint emergency planning and partnership working, the administrative boundary between Thurrock and Essex should be ignored and existing arrangements should remain in place.
The original arrangements, known as NETCAP (North East Thames Combined Accident Plan), have now been updated and streamlined in accordance with current legislation.
Within the context of the COMAH Regulations, the North Thames Corridor Combined Emergency Response Plan is a public document and can soon be viewed on the Thurrock Council website at www.thurrock.gov.uk.
However, in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998, some elements of the plan are not available for public inspection.