A LEADING Thurrock councillor distanced himself from the presence of the Thurrock Conservatives HQ in the middle of a possible planning development.
Thurrock Conservatives HQ is situated in the Titan Industrial Works in Hogg Lane, Grays.
At full council last night (wednesday) the council’s legal services department stressed to Tory councillors that their HQ’s presence did not mean they had to declare an interest should the matter of possible planning applications come to be debated on the floor of the chamber, however, Little Thurrock councillor, Stuart St Clair-Haslam informed the chamber that he will absent himself from the chamber, should such matters arise.
He said: “The presence of the HQ in the industrial works might be interpreted by the public that it could have an influence on votes. if such planning applications arise.”
On the matter arising in the agenda, Cllr St Clair-Haslam left the chamber. The other 48 colleagues did not.