IF THERE was ever a test to Thurrock Council’s commitment to local business then this may well be it.
Thurrock Council have handed the five year contract for housing repairs to the 10,000 council homes in the borough to Morrisons.
In cabinet on wednesday night, council leader, Garry Hague went at great lengths to stress that the company has pledged to develop a Community Development Plan with the council which, it hopes, will provide a structured approach to developing a local supply chain network.
Cllr Hague said; “This will provide long term opportunities for local businesses, social enterprises and individuals.”
However,the Labour Party’s prospective Parliamentary candidate, Carl Morris hit out at the scheme saying it was putting local jobs and livelihoods at risk.
He said “Taking £6 miilion worth of council contracts each year out of the Thurrock economy makes no sense. The Federation of Small Business opposes it, tenants don’t support it and a majority of councillors have voted against it but the cabinet decided to press ahead and their timing couldn’t be worse. The Thurrock economy needs help not hindrance as we edge out of recession.”