This is Thundersley, a busy, growing community and a key point in the Government’s plans for Maplin City. Several new estates are springing up on the outskirts of the town, but the controversial third London airport could double or treble them within a decade.
Thundersley is one of the six proposed development centres chosen as a site for Jet City, which would cover 52,000 acres (21,000 hectares or 81 square miles) and house 600,000 people. A £95 million motorway link to London will pass either south or north of Thundersley, cutting its way through the countryside to Maplin.
This picture, facing west towards London, was taken by the Echo’s “flying cameraman,” ARTHUR PARTINGTON. The road sweeping from right to left in the foreground leads from Rayleigh Weir, with the Woodman’s Arms in the foreground, heading south to Hadleigh and thence downhill to South Benfleet.
(Edited for clarity, believed originally Southend Standard 11th October 1975)