Our Candidate For Stifford Clays, Jennifer Smith said: “I am pleased to be the candidate for Stifford Clays in Mays election. I am a hard working, married mum of three who has lived in the borough virtually all my life. I feel we need to tackle issues that are relevant to our community, including anti-social behaviour, community resources and NHS provision to make Thurrock the place it once was.”
Our Candidate For The Homesteads, Gary Byrne said: “I am standing in the Homesteads ward to offer residents an independent voice rather than divisive party politics. In the weeks leading up to May 2019 they will knock on your door and tell you exactly what you want to hear, they will offer the moon on a stick to get your vote. I promise just one thing to do everything possible for each and every resident to make our town a better place to live. They promise, my track record shows I deliver.”
Our Candidate For Tilbury Riverside & Thurrock Park, Allen Mayes said: “I am honoured to be able to represent Thurrock Independents in Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park in the forthcoming local election. I have been fighting for Tilbury on big issues such as objecting to the asbestos stations, petitioning for an Air Quality and Pollution review and demanding action on crime and antisocial behaviour. I want to work with residents to make Tilbury and Thurrock Park a healthier and safer place.”
Our Candidate For Stanford East & Corringham Town, Shane Ralph said: “I’m delighted to be offered this fantastic opportunity to represent Stanford le Hope East and Corringham Town in May’s upcoming election. I was born and have lived in Stanford all my life and have been committed to improving community spirit, physical health and mental well being for many years. I have helped to regenerate Hardie Park into a fantastic community facility. I have fought for my area in regards to DP World fencing and zebra crossings on Southend Road. I am fully aware of the problems we face in the future and I’m determined to meet these head on.”
Our Candidate For Aveley, Kenningtons, Uplands & Watts Wood, Cllr Peter Smith said: “I’m delighted to be offered the opportunity to stand once again in Aveley and Uplands in the May 2019 local elections. I’ve fought on many issues over the past four years including HGV abuse, Anti Social Behaviour, fly-tipping, Housing repairs etc. I will continue to work hard to make Aveley and Uplands a cleaner and safer place to live.”
The Thurrock Independents have exposed further evidence of the Tory administration attempting to force more low paid homeless families out of the borough. Social cleansing is now the primary policy of the homeless department within Thurrock’s Tory run Council.
Thurrock Independents Party Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman said: “In the last two weeks I have come across two incidents of Thurrock Council attempting force hard working families, who have become victims of Thurrock’s housing crisis, into temporary accommodation in Slough. One of the families was also pressured into accepting temporary accommodation in Bedford and Kettering.
“The tactics in both cases are the same. Both families were offered entirely unsuitable accommodation which would have forced them to give up work and remove their children from school. Threats were then made that the council would remove any assistance if these offers weren’t accepted. Thankfully, we have discovered these tactics at an early stage and have applied significant pressure with the aim ending this entirely unethical practice immediately.
“Thurrock needs an administration which is willing to shine a light on the full scale of the housing crisis we are experiencing in Thurrock and hold the government to account for eight years of woefully ineffective housing policy. An administration which will fight for a better deal for the people of Thurrock. Unfortunately, we have a Tory administration whose priority appears to be shielding their disastrous government from embarrassment rather than protecting the welfare of Thurrock residents.”
Thurrock Independents Party Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman said: “It would be churlish and mean spirited of me not to congratulate Cllr Hebb on last night’s award. I am sure that he will dedicate it to the hard working tax payers of Thurrock who have paid his 10% council tax rise and allowed him to balance the books.
“However enough is enough. The Thurrock Independents will make sure that Thurrock taxpayers will not be milked by the Tories again in 2019.
Last night at Thurrock Council a motion was tabled to congratulate Thurrock students for the fantastic job they are doing with their grades and to thank all the other people supporting their education, unfortunately the Conservative Group on Thurrock Council refused to support it.
Thurrock Independent Spokesman said: “It was disappointing that the Tory Group on Thurrock Council were unwilling to congratulate the students in our borough for their fantastic grades this summer.
Despite a denial from Cllr Churchman it was confirmed after the meeting that several Cllrs from all three parties had heard him swear at the Thurrock Independent Group Leader.
Responding to an enquiry on the incident, Thurrock Party Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman, said: “If true, it’s not nice being sworn at by Tory colleagues in the chamber, however people have said worst things to me in the past and probably will in future. I won’t be taking the matter further.
Thurrock Independents’ Gary Byrne said: “Stanford-le-Hope residents will be justified in their cynicism regarding Tory Councillors running around Stanford-le-Hope with petitions opposing this development.
“The Tories take huge donations from any property developer who comes calling. They organise swanky secret events aimed at selling off Thurrock to the highest bidder. Events where no opposition groups nor the press are able to attend. They send Thurrock Council officers off to luxury residential developer conferences on the French Riviera to do the same.