THE REALITIES of the deep cuts to public services in Thurrock have been further underlined as vital staff at a front line service to tackle alcohol addiciton have been made redundant.
Staff at Oasis Centre on Orsett Road, Grays were given the news last week. Many staff will be working up until next month before they leave their posts.
The centre was opened in 2007 by the then Conservative Party Chairman Frances Maude.
Clients who depend greatly on the service have slammed the job losses.
Bernard (full name withheld) said: “This place has been a lifeline to me. They are putting the problems of alcoholism back out onto the streets.
“There is an epidemic out there in Thurrock. At a time when they need to increase help, they are taking it away.
Clients are setting up a petition and planning to hand it into the Portfolio Holder, Ben Maney.
The news comes after Thurrock Council granted nearby Graceland Store and Off Licence, in Clarence Road, permission to sell alcohol 24 hours a day.
Speaking to a reporter, Chairman of Grays Central Community Forum, Geoffrey Nathan, said: “The whole thing is a fiasco. The shop should only sell alcohol between 9am and 11pm like other off licences.”