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Thurrock Council meeting
This live event has finished
- On tonight's agenda:
- A report which could see comprehensive planning permission for use of the London Gateway Logistics Park granted in the form of a Local Development Order, simplifying the process for businesses.
The motion is passed.
And that concludes tonight's meeting.
Thank you for following this evening's coverage. Reports and reaction will be in next week's paper!
Cllr Lynn Worrall also giving a heart rendering speech on dementia now. She will be the first to put her name to the motion.
And finally this evening, Cllr Barbara Rice is presenting her motion on the council becoming a dementia friendly community. Says this will take a few years, but will be a catalyst for change.
Cllr Shane Hebb has seconded the motion. Giving a very impassioned speech on someone he knows beginning to show signs of dementia. He says it's heartbreaking.
Talking of the importance in Instilling awareness of dementia into the community.
And in answering Q3 to cabinet members, Cllr Gaywood reveals that motorists around Woodside are sticking tape over their number plates to avoid being caught by "PIPPA", the council's CCTV car. The police have been informed.
Durinh it's first month in operation, the car has issued 30 penalty notices for illegal parking.
On the bin farce that's blighted the borough, Cllr Victoria Holloway has said she is "very, very sorry" for disruption to residents. Teams are working hard to familiarise themselves with the new routes.
Cllr Anderson asks later if Cllr Kent has any plans to celebrate the anniversary of two "nine-month-long" investigations into member conduct that have seen no action. Cllr Kent says he has no plans at this stage.
In response to Q3... Cllr Kent as good as admits that Cllr Clare Baldwin is under investigation for benefit fraud "by at least one local authority" following the Gazette's recent front page story. He says he is in no position to say when those investigations are likely to end.
In response to Q2... Cllr Kent has just shot down the Conservatives as they hint at unrest towards the shared services plan between Thurrock and Barking and Dagenham. Cllr Kent has received a letter from the Secretary of State for local government urging him and Liam Smith, leader of Barking and Dagenham, to press on with plans to share services.
In response to the first question, Cllr Kent has just revealed that Gable Hall will sponsor Corringham Primary School to become an academy. A new interim executive governing body has also been appointed.
Now, questions for the leader of the council.
You can see those here
A lot of praise for the job Mr Hone has done in his role.
Worth noting that the salary for an environmental director has not yet been decided, so there will not be a vote on that tonight.
But speaking on that, Cllr Barry Johnson , has said the salary suggested before the item was withdrawn would be another for the £100k club. That brought a shake of the head from the Chief Executive, who himself is on £175,000.
On Martin Hone, the finance director's departure, Cllr Coxshall has just said the council have treated this man "shabbily".
Senior management appointments being discussed now.
You can view that report here
The report has been passed.
You can find that report here
On to the next agenda item now.
A six month pilot was launched last year whereby meetings are recorded. The council are now discussing the continuation of recording meetings.
Cllr Gerard Rice has said the whole thing should be put into perspective and the cost of recording meetings considered. The general consensus among members who spoke was that this is good for transparency.
The report outlines the key work done by the corporate parenting committee over the last year and makes various pledges.
The annual report on corporate parenting has just been presented to council by the new portfolio holder, Cllr Bukky Okunade.
A copy of that report can be found here
The consultation will last for six weeks. Keep an eye on our website and in the paper for details of when that consultation will be.
There will be a detailed consultation on the development order though following a member vote. It will be important for residents to voice their concerns at that time
Cllr Kent, summing up, says that he applauds Cllr Palmer and Cllr Purkiss (also an East Tilbury ward councillor) that he has concerns for trains passing through Grays. Says progress is being made in negotiations with DP World.
I should point out, the issue with lorry movements and railway concerns are important here because it is the development of the logistics park will be what leads to an increase in lorries and trains.
Cllr Mike Revel adds that there are big concerns with the logistics of the port. No clarity on how many lorry movements there will be, he says. Interestingly, he counters what Cllr Palmer said about the rail and says he would like to see more containers leave and enter the port via rail.
This will be a chance, members says, that this is the chance for residents to have their say on the development and the effects it will have on them.
Cllr Barry Palmer, East Tilbury ward councillor, has just spoken of how rail movements will "devastate" the town.
Worth noting that should this be passed today it will lead to consultation.
There's been much talk by members so far of how good the London Gateway development is for Thurrock and the nation. This is a "key step" says Cllr Kelly.
The first report on this just seeks to protect the environment from the the development order. The development order will mean that every time a business moves onto the logistics park, they will not need to apply for planning permission.
The first report is passed.
On to the LDO report now. No easy way of explaining this. Cllr Kent going to do that now.
Questions from members of the public now.
Mr Perrin has just asked about how the council deals with protecting residents from asbestos.
No Cllr Aaron Kiely tonight. Nor Cllr Claire Baldwin. That said, a number of councillors are unable to attend this evening.
Good evening, welcome to tonight's live coverage of the full meeting of the council for June.
In his opening prayers, Rev Darren Barlow is talking about the SS Windrush. You can read a wonderful column by Johnathan Catton in the Gazette this week about the 65th anniversary of the Windrush docking at Tilbury. The boat's arrival had "an immediate impact on the UK" says Rev. Barlow
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