An exciting year to come, promises Leader

An exciting year to come, promises Leader

An exciting year to come, promises Leader

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THE New Year promises to be full of positives for Thurrock.

That is the message from council leader John Kent, who has said he is very excited about what 2014 holds for the people of the borough.

He said the new developments at South Essex College and the former Grays Magistrates’ Court are just the beginning of what is round the corner.

Councillor Kent said: “The High House Production Park at Purfleet is another area where the excitement is growing as more artists move into the studios and the Royal Opera House is looking to build a brand new costume store and workshop in the area too.

“Thurrock is also restoring its historic links with the River Thames. London Gateway DP World is continuing to grow as is the Port of Tilbury and the Thames Oil Port at Coryton is also producing some exciting plans for the future.

“Then there’s the crossing. Despite our best efforts – the council, local businesses and most importantly local people – the government hasn’t listened and seems determined to plough ahead.

“We’re still committed to no new crossing in Thurrock and will continue that fight throughout the coming year - and beyond if necessary.”

Mr Kent said: “The coming year is going to see many changes to Thurrock as the borough’s businesses and business community continue to work with the council and build on the successes of 2013.”

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4:29pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Dave_ says...

Well, reading this I am truly excited to be living in Thurrock and can’t wait to see how these will positively benefit and affect us. I suppose I’ll have to wait until this time next year.
But none of these are a direct result of anything Cllr Kent and his chums have done.
What I want to know is in the coming year;
* how will they prevent people being moved into Thurrock by mainly London boroughs looking to off load people mostly those they don’t want and in doing so move the problems here, such as gang culture
* how will they prevent immigrants settling and or working here
* will they start just saying no and keep saying no to planning applications for housing estates on greenbelt. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
* what will they do to improve the borough’s infrastructure
* what will they do ensure there are enough local school places. This can be achieved by stopping people coming here as described above.
I hold out little hope as there isn’t the political will to do so. We became a UA, essentially so that we would not have things thrust upon us by Essex County Council, as such self determining. It strikes me that it has made no difference. It seems now that we are dumped on by everyone, and the local council is as powerless as it would have been were we still part of Essex politically. We are no more self determining than a puppet. Our current batch of decision makers don’t seem to have the will politically or otherwise to improve things for the general population in Thurrock.

Come on Cllr Kent do things that are difficult and will be appreciated by the people of Thurrock. If this time next year, (given you are still in the hot seat) you can say we have stopped people being moved in, our internal infrastructure has improved and the number of planning applications current and future that will damage our borough have been stopped, you can rightly say it is exciting times. But saying we have a new college that replaces the old one and what is effectively a collection of studios, with potentially a warehouse / workshop is exciting does make me believe you are easily pleased. The new port is only exciting if the jobs go locally. The much vaunted apprenticeships announced mostly went outside the borough and if I recall correctly there were only a few and they were only so called modern apprenticeships. Again not much to get excited about.
Well, reading this I am truly excited to be living in Thurrock and can’t wait to see how these will positively benefit and affect us. I suppose I’ll have to wait until this time next year. But none of these are a direct result of anything Cllr Kent and his chums have done. What I want to know is in the coming year; * how will they prevent people being moved into Thurrock by mainly London boroughs looking to off load people mostly those they don’t want and in doing so move the problems here, such as gang culture * how will they prevent immigrants settling and or working here * will they start just saying no and keep saying no to planning applications for housing estates on greenbelt. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. * what will they do to improve the borough’s infrastructure * what will they do ensure there are enough local school places. This can be achieved by stopping people coming here as described above. I hold out little hope as there isn’t the political will to do so. We became a UA, essentially so that we would not have things thrust upon us by Essex County Council, as such self determining. It strikes me that it has made no difference. It seems now that we are dumped on by everyone, and the local council is as powerless as it would have been were we still part of Essex politically. We are no more self determining than a puppet. Our current batch of decision makers don’t seem to have the will politically or otherwise to improve things for the general population in Thurrock. Come on Cllr Kent do things that are difficult and will be appreciated by the people of Thurrock. If this time next year, (given you are still in the hot seat) you can say we have stopped people being moved in, our internal infrastructure has improved and the number of planning applications current and future that will damage our borough have been stopped, you can rightly say it is exciting times. But saying we have a new college that replaces the old one and what is effectively a collection of studios, with potentially a warehouse / workshop is exciting does make me believe you are easily pleased. The new port is only exciting if the jobs go locally. The much vaunted apprenticeships announced mostly went outside the borough and if I recall correctly there were only a few and they were only so called modern apprenticeships. Again not much to get excited about. Dave_
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3:51pm Tue 31 Dec 13

OckendonPaul says...

Well said Dave, a lot of effort went into that.
Unfortunately your five well thought out and important questions can each be answered by the same two words: They won't.
Well said Dave, a lot of effort went into that. Unfortunately your five well thought out and important questions can each be answered by the same two words: They won't. OckendonPaul
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8:47am Fri 3 Jan 14

Dave_ says...

I'm well aware they don't have the will and or inclination, but they have to be put out there.
I'm well aware they don't have the will and or inclination, but they have to be put out there. Dave_
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