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.
Thurrock Council have blocked a Thurrock Independent motion calling for a transparent and truly independent wide ranging investigation into children’s services and social services.
Thurrock Independents Spokesman said: “It has been confirmed to us that the council will not allow this motion on any terms.
“It has been abundantly clear to all that the Conservative Administration at Thurrock Council have done everything they can, at every turn, to downplay the seriousness of this case.
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”