Our Candidate For Little Thurrock Rectory, Cllr Russell Cherry said: “I have recently moved to Little Thurrock Rectory from Chadwell where I am a Councillor for Thurrock Independents. I have been active on my arrival in reinstating Neighbourhood Watch south of Chadwell Road and want to expand it further into the ward with another successful launch. I wish to continue making improvements as your local Councillor giving you choice with effective and mature opposition.”
The Conservative Administration’s Local Plan would turn Thurrock into a private developer’s playground. Residents should not be surprised considering the Conservatives have taken tens of thousands of pounds in donations from construction and property related firms. The Thurrock Independents will not support any Local Plan which does not put the needs of Thurrock residents before commercial interests and the housing needs of London boroughs.
Thurrock Independent Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman, said: “The plans, as they stand, paint a frightening picture for Thurrock’s future. We will not back any Local Plan which does not:
– Prioritise housing needs of Thurrock residents over commercial interests and the housing needs of London boroughs.
– Commit to reducing air pollution in the borough.
– Protect the character of existing settlements.
– Commit to providing essential infrastructure and services first before new developments are built.
– Avoid urban sprawl by building a new modern settlement to the highest possible environmental standards.
– Protect our greenbelt and improve existing greenbelt.
“We have set out to the Conservatives our red lines (see below) and demand that they are included within the Local Plan report scheduled to be brought before the extra-ordinary Council meeting on the 11th December 2018. Should the Conservative’s refuse to include these within the Local Plan report we will move an amendment within the meeting calling for their inclusion. Should this amendment be blocked then we will vote against the Local Plan.
“There will be no ifs, buts or maybes. We will vote against any Local Plan which does not make solid commitments to protect and improve the quality of life of Thurrock’s residents.
“This ongoing episode has brought into the light the problems of party funding within Thurrock. By accepting such large donations from property related firms, the Conservatives, as custodians of the Local Plan, have a clear and irreconcilable conflict of interest. We call for a public commitment from the Tories not to accept any further donations from property related firms and pay back any donations they have received since running Thurrock Council in May 2016.”
Our amendments to the Local Plan paper scheduled to be presented on the 11th December 2018
1. Meeting the housing needs of Thurrock
Thurrock Council is committed to providing low cost housing, allocated through the Council’s housing allocations scheme, for Thurrock’s residents.
Thurrock Council accepts the local need to provide between 6,000-10,000 council homes. We will work with social landlords and Thurrock Regeneration Limited to build further low-cost housing. We will ensure that any eligible private developments include ‘affordable housing’.
Within the lifetime of this plan we are committed to exploring and implementing all available means to meet our aspiration of providing 15,000 homes (council, housing authority, affordable homes) which will be allocated through the council’s allocations policy. These homes will provide low income to middle income earners across the borough the housing security they deserve.
2. Managing the environmental consequences of a rising population
Thurrock Council recognises that any local plan, which could see an increase in the borough’s population by as much as 100,000 people, must prioritise preventing any associated rise in air pollution.
Thurrock’s Local Plan will set out clear and precise plans to protect Thurrock’s residents from all pollutants including:
– sulphur oxides
– carbon monoxide
– nitrogen oxides
– Volatile organic compounds
– Persistent free radicals
– Toxic metals
3. Protecting the character of existing settlements
Thurrock’s Local Plan will protect and enhance the character of existing settlements. The Local Plan will be designed to prevent the over-development of any existing settlements, against the will of residents, which would fundamentally change their existing character.
4. Infrastructure first!
Thurrock’s Local Plan will be designed around the principle of infrastructure first. It will deliver the right infrastructure in the right place at the right time. This includes a commitment to explore all feasible options to build a new Hospital within Thurrock with an A&E unit.
5. A new modern, environmentally friendly garden city
Thurrock’s Local Plan is committed to fully exploring the design and build of a new garden city. A large-scale development built to the highest environmental standards which will include the infrastructure to meet the needs of its residents.
6. Maintaining, expanding and improving greenfield sites
Thurrock’s local plan will prioritise building on all viable brownfield sites before any further green spaces, outside of the new garden village settlement. The local plan will investigate all green fields sites which have the potential to be expanded and improved to provide much greater social and environmental value to the borough.
Our Candidate For Grays Thurrock, Jay Hayers: “I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to represent Grays Thurrock I, have grown up and spent all of my educational years in Thurrock. I’ve worked in Thurrock throughout my working career in catering and also volunteer in a youth movement here.”
Our Candidate For Ockendon, Jan Baker said: “I am very proud to stand for the Ockendon ward once again, my previous track record has proved I care passionately about the community. I am always available to help residents. I will continue to work hard for the community against rise in anti-social behaviour.”
Our Candidate For East Tilbury, Oliver Smith: “I’m delighted to be selected as the candidate for East Tilbury. With the Lower Thames Crossing being forced upon the area and 5,000 new homes proposed by the Conservatives, East Tilbury needs a strong voice to protect resident’s standard of living more than ever.
“I will work to restore resident’s well-being as the Council’s chief priority and tackle the selfish culture currently plaguing the local administration.”
Our Candidate For Belhus, Chris Baker said: “I will always fight tooth and nail to help residents. I care passionately about my community and will work tirelessly for residents. I was very proud to be your Councillor and I am very honoured to stand again. Belhus needs strong action on crime, the environment, and education.”
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.”