In November, all groups were advised by Council Officers and their Legal team that an agreed consultation to the Local Plan was essential to Thurrock Council’s opposition to the current Lower Thames Crossing proposals. In failing to bring the Local Plan to the emergency meeting on the 11th December 2018, Thurrock’s Conservatives have torpedoed Thurrock Council’s defence against the Lower Thames Crossing. They have made a laughing stock of Thurrock Council.
Thurrock Independent Party Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman said: “Due to our deep concerns regarding donations the Tories are accepting from the building and property industry, and the disturbing conflict of interest this presents, we would naturally oppose their Local Plan. However, because the Local Plan is so important to the borough’s defence against the Lower Thames Crossing, we accepted that the bigger picture demanded that the Plan went through. During discussions with the Tories and senior council officers our six published amendments were all but accepted by all sides. Enough ground was given for us to explicitly assure to the Conservatives that we would abstain. This in itself would have allowed the Local Plan to pass.
“The failure of the Conservative-run Council to present a Local Plan to the emergency meeting on the 11th December 2018 as planned, is an unparalleled act of self-harm in the modern history of politics in Thurrock. In doing so, the Conservatives have shown themselves unfit to run a Parrish Council, let alone a Unitary Authority. They have critically sabotaged the borough’s defence against the current proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing. They are a missing-in-action administration. Their ineptness is only matched by their self-interest.”