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.
“Personally I don’t think Stanford-le-Hope residents will fall for this latest stunt. The Tories couldn’t care less about concreting over this borough. Indeed the Tory local plan has thousands of new homes pencilled in for the Stanford-le-Hope area. This stunt is all about getting Cllr Hebb re-elected next year. If the Tories come knocking at your door I suggest asking them to commit to not accepting anymore donations from property developers.”