Thurrock Independents Deputy Leader, Cllr Jack Duffin said: “We are the only party in Thurrock that has been campaigning for a new hospital in Thurrock with full A&E facilities. The Medical Centres are a welcome addition to Thurrock’s lacking medical services but they need to be alongside a full hospital.
At next weeks Essex County Council Tory Councillors from across the county will be taking turns to stand up and celebrate their Government’s Thames Crossing proposals. The Tory group at Essex County Council have entered the following motion. ‘This Council fully supports the Government’s announcement of its preferred Option C for the proposed new Lower Thames Crossing.’
Thurrock Independents Party Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman, said: “The current plans for the Thames Crossing, if followed through, will be an unrivalled disaster for Thurrock. Swathes of greenbelt will be destroyed, the congestion problems we face will be worse, not better, and we will be walking into catastrophic environmental consequences.
During the last Full Council the leader of the Thurrock Independents proposed a motion calling for Thurrock Council to consider the installation of sprinkler systems within all high rises in the borough. The motion was backed unanimously, including every Conservative Councillor. ‘Council requests that Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee urgently consider adding to it work programme at its next meeting on 2 October 2018 research into the feasibility of installing sprinkler systems in every high-rise tower block in Thurrock considering the extensive body of evidence highlighting the risks of not having sprinkler systems in such high-rise buildings.’
Thurrock Independents Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman, said: “Rarely can a report have demonstrated more clearly the extent to which Conservative run Thurrock Council will go to avoid challenging the Conservative Government, even if that means potentially putting the safety of residents at risk.
Thurrock Independents Chairman, Allen Mayes said: “Crime In Thurrock is on the rise despite the raise in the Police fund section of our council tax this year. We were promised an additional 150 police officers in Essex and yet there doesn’t appear to be any more of a police presence than last year. Crime is rising and people genuinely do not feel safe any more in their town. In Tilbury this week, we had a shooting and the police reaction is to setup a mobile police station whilst an actual police station sits idle. The police station in Tilbury should be reopened as it should never have been allowed to close in the first place. However opening up a police station on its own does nothing, we need more officers to be visible making residents feel safe. I call on the police and crime commissioner to detail his specific plans for Thurrock as crime is spiralling in our borough”
Thurrock Independents Party Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman, said: “Just when you think the ‘council in crisis’ reputation of Conservative run Thurrock Council can’t get any worse they manage to do themselves more self-harm.
“Many people are questioning why Thurrock’s Conservative groups are receiving thousands of pounds from property firms. Given this, it probably wasn’t the best idea to arrange a lavish event for investors and property developers and not invite opposition group leaders nor a single member of the press.
Thurrock Independents Cllr Peter Smith was last night (17/9/18) re-elected for a second term as the Chairman of the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force.
Cllr Smith said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity once again to steer this cross party group with its ambitions to oppose this project whilst at the same time securing the best of best outcomes for the residents should this crossing be forced upon us.
Thurrock Independents Party Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman said “To encourage the smooth running of the council, officers give their time, to facilitate joint meetings between the leaders of each of the three political groups. Three of meetings of this type are scheduled covering the general governance of the Council, Council’s spending review and the Local Plan.
“However, despite being a minority administration, backed by just one-in-three Thurrock voters, the leadership of the Conservative Administration are failing to attend these meetings. Our Deputy Leader, Cllr Jack Duffin, and I, were the only attendees at last Council Spending Review meeting. Only I and the Labour leader, Cllr John Kent attended the last Group Leaders Governance meeting. A substitute was sent to fill in for the Conservative Council Leader. I was the only representative from the leadership of all three groups to attend last night’s vital Local Plan meeting.
Thurrock Labour made a public and private commitment to work with us, and the new Orsett Hospital Action Group, to save Orsett Hospital. We are therefore disappointed to discover Thurrock Labour, sabotaging these efforts by, continuing to mislead voters in their literature about our position on the Hospital.
Thurrock Independents Party Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman said: “On the 13th July 2018 I met with the Thurrock Labour Leader and agreed to work together, with the newly formed community action group, to try to save Orsett Hospital. Yet within just one month, Thurrock Labour have breached that agreement.
The Thurrock Independents are extremely saddened to report that Thurrock Council are now housing homeless families permanently outside of the borough.
Thurrock Independent Party Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman, commented: “It has been confirmed to me, at a senior level, that Thurrock Council’s homeless team are now actively housing homeless families in permanent housing outside of the borough.
The Thurrock Independents are incredibly concerned about Thurrock Council’s decision to blacklist the Thurrock Independent Newspaper.
Thurrock Independent Party Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman, said: “This is a deeply worrying step by Thurrock Council’s minority Tory administration. An administration that continues to show breathtaking arrogance and contempt for democratic scrutiny. Now we see the Tories banning newspapers! Someone needs to remind them that this is Thurrock not North Korea.