Thames Gateway readies rosters for housing task

The Thames Gateway London Partnership is drawing up PR and PA rosters with a combined budget of £1m.

The body wants to ensure the region has the resources to meet John Prescott's ambitious regeneration target. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has recommended the building of 200,000 homes in the area – stretching from West Ferry in East London to the Isle of Sheppey in Kent – over the next ten years.

The partnership works closely with the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, which is responsible for the delivery of the mammoth project.

Rostered agencies will lobby on transport policy, seek to influence the public inquiry into the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge, and communicate the region's need for Crossrail and a tram system.

Other issues include appeasing environmental campaigners, such as the Commission for the Protection of Rural England, that have voiced concerns about the project's impact. 

Thames Gateway London Partnership deputy CEO Tony McBrearty said the rosters, each boasting three agencies, will be in place within three months.

The partnership uses Bean & Co PR and Marketing for event management, and Connect Public Affairs. Both have been invited to pitch for a place on the rosters.

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