Parish council for Corringham moves a step closer

Thurrock Gazette: MP Stephen Metcalfe with the petition and members of Frost Estate Residents’ Association MP Stephen Metcalfe with the petition and members of Frost Estate Residents’ Association

HUNDREDS of people have joined a campaign to get a parish council in Corringham – and sort out the roads on an estate.

Fed-up residents want Thurrock Council to hold a referendum about creating a specialised community council.

The 380-strong petition comes after residents from the Frost Estate aired concerns about the state of the roads where they live.

Despite numerous calls from the Frost Estate Residents’ Association to the council, no work has yet taken place.

Resident and secretary, Janet Deeney, 66, said: “It’s taken us about 18 months to get to this point.

“We had to find out the legal process to do this and now we’ve got all the signatures we need.

“If the roads are left for another winter, they will become impassable. There are temporary repairs there, but the problem is chronic.”

Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, together with representatives from the residents’ association, recently met council chief executive Graham Farrant to discuss the issues around the estate.

It’s now expected that Thurrock Council will start the consultation process required before any vote can take place for a community council, in effect, a parish council, which would be the first of its kind in the Thurrock borough.

Mr Metcalfe said: “This is a fantastic step forward for Frost Estate residents.

“The residents’ association has worked tirelessly on this issue and I am delighted they are one step closer to achieving their objectives.”

No one was available from Thurrock Council for comment.

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3:11pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Dave_ says...

I always thought the Frost Estate was a private estate and as such the roads didn't come under the LA's responsibility.
I always thought the Frost Estate was a private estate and as such the roads didn't come under the LA's responsibility. Dave_
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8:00pm Wed 5 Mar 14

poortaxpayer says...

Dave_ wrote:
I always thought the Frost Estate was a private estate and as such the roads didn't come under the LA's responsibility.
Exactly. Do they seriously think by creating a Parish Council they can siphon off taxpayers cash to repair their private roads.

These people purchased their homes knowing they were responsible for the upkeep of their private roads. If they want them repaired then they should dig in their own pockets rather than expect the taxpayer to bail them out.

I notice Tory politicians giving the residents false hope.
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: I always thought the Frost Estate was a private estate and as such the roads didn't come under the LA's responsibility.[/p][/quote]Exactly. Do they seriously think by creating a Parish Council they can siphon off taxpayers cash to repair their private roads. These people purchased their homes knowing they were responsible for the upkeep of their private roads. If they want them repaired then they should dig in their own pockets rather than expect the taxpayer to bail them out. I notice Tory politicians giving the residents false hope. poortaxpayer
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