So…who’s really running Thurrock Council?

A few days ago, we wrote this piece about proposals from Thurrock Council to refurbish their civic centre in New Road, Grays: Never mind us plebs, just build yourselves some shiny new offices! Since then, the proposals were subjected to questioning on Tuesday 20.11 by the council’s Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Officers defend plans for £200,000 plus ‘grand entrance’ to council offices. The plans will now go to the council’s cabinet who will decide if the project can move to the next stage which will be a public consultation.

Take a really close, careful look at the report in the Thurrock Independent because it’s actually quite revealing. It really does sound like the council officers had to put in a lot of work to convince the scrutiny committee that this scheme was needed. You could be forgiven for thinking that they may have their work cut out convincing the…

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