It gets worse…

Anyone wanting to understand the mechanics of local government could do worse than delve into this sorry long-running saga on the Heckler

The majority of Thurrock councillors plus the majority of those councillors sitting on the planning committee have voted against the proposed extension of the Civic Offices in New Road Grays – a proposal which threatens to obliterate a number of small businesses. From what we can gather, anecdotally and otherwise, the majority of Thurrock residents think the money earmarked for the scheme could be much better spent elsewhere.

By this point in time, you would have thought that the cabal of Tory ruling group councillors and senior council officers would have got the message that the extension of the Civic Offices has little public support. What they’ve done instead is double down on their hubris.

The chair of the planning committee, Cllr. Tom Kelly (Little Thurrock) has utilised the council’s press office to issue a personal statement effectively expressing support for the proposal and pitting himself against other members of…

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