Passionate Speeches Dominate Night

IF NOTHING came out of tonight then at least we should record that there were some fine fine speeches made as the temperature increased in the council chamber.


East Tilbury Independent Councillor Barry Palmer spoke during the vote of no confidence and let rebel Cllr Anne Cheale know exactly where he stood on the matter.

Making reference to the Planning Committee. He said: “Let us be clear. The decisions by the Planning Committee were erroneous.

“You made a mistake. Deal with it. You are lay people and the officers are experts.

“I have been a councillor for twenty six years and am proud of it. But I am ashamed of what is happening here.”

Eighty-year old Homesteads councillor John Everettt agreed. Struggling to get to his feet due to a broken ankle, the former Mayor was scathing in his attack on Cllr Cheale.

He said: “I am amazed by the behaviour of Cllr Cheale . But I recall that when she was the Council leader she was nothing but an unpleasant dictator.

“How she has the affront to do this, beggars belief.”


Tilbury Councillor Lynn Worrall clearly felt so strongly about Ngage’s survival that you could hear the tremor in her voice.

She said: “There are many of us, from both sides of the divide that have got our first chances in community participation through community forums.

“The organisations have changed their names but the principles remain.

Some of you should be ashamed of yourself. John, Jacqui and the team have giving so much over the years.”

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