Council leader angry as “heartless” government reject request for Coryton task force
Date posted: 24-07-2012
THE Labour Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr John Kent, has spoken of his disappointment at the decision by Mark Prisk, minister at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, to reject the request from Thurrock Council to form a regional task force to help deal with the expected £250 million loss to the South Essex economy following the closure of the Coryton oil refinery.
Cllr Kent said; “I am bitterly disappointed that the Government is, again, refusing to offer help to us here in Thurrock. First they refused to intervene to help save the refinery, when government intervention in France has helped keep their refinery going – at a time when government needs tax income and the economy needs to see money being spent that will end up costing the Government money – and now Mr Prisk, the Minister, says he will not make Thurrock a “special case” when it comes to dealing with the fall out from the closure.
I don’t want Thurrock to be regarded as a special case. I just want some indication that government is on the side of those hundreds of people who are losing their jobs.
Despite this heartless decision Thurrock Council will continue do all it can – working with partners – to deal with the damage done to jobs and the economy. Direct help from the Government would have made a real difference.”