Saturday, June 22, 2024

Is the Thurrock Conservative club set to make way for benefits exodus?

OUTSIDE the Thurrock Conservative club in Clarence Road, a banner proudly announces a hundred years of the club: 1910 to 2010.

But it looks unlikely that the club will be celebrating it’s 101st anniversary as plans have been submitted to the council’s planning committee to convert the Clarence Road HQ into 26 bedsits.

The plans come as boroughs such as Thurrock have to brace themselves for a possible “benefits exodus” as a possible 82,000 families face losing their homes in the pricier parts of London such as Kensington and Chelsea.

Now, the planning department is braced for a wave of applications for planning proposals that may cash in on the numbers expected into the borough.

Jon Cruddas, the Labour MP for Dagenham, has accused the Government of deliberate social engineering.

He told the Observer: “It is an exercise in social and economic cleansing,” he said, claiming families would be thrown into turmoil with children having to move schools.

Landlords are refusing to lower their rental prices in the capital.

“It is tantamount to cleansing the poor out of rich areas – a brutal and shocking piece of social engineering,” Mr Cruddas added.

National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr described the housing benefit cuts as “truly shocking”.

“Unless ministers urgently reconsider these punitive cuts, we could see more people sleeping rough than at any stage during the last 30 years,” he said.

“London is one of the most vibrant and socially mixed cities in the world – and yet the diversity, for which it is so famous, is under threat from the changes to housing benefit.”

The plans should come in front of the Thurrock council planning committee next month.


  1. Ok, 26 bedsits, I can live with that, what would be totally wrong is if they were used for people from outside the borough, we have people in Thurrock that are in need of social housing so why should we become the dumping ground of London yet again.

    TBC need to start looking after their own rather than kowtowing to London every time they have an issue.

  2. Boris had this to say before being rebuked
    ““The last thing we want to have in our city is a situation such as Paris, where the less well-off are pushed out to the suburbs,” he said.

    “I’ll emphatically resist any attempt to recreate a London where the rich and poor cannot live together.

    “What we will not see and not accept is any kind of Kosovo-style social cleansing of London.

    “On my watch, you are not going to see thousands of families evicted from the place where they have been living and have put down roots.

    “That is not what Londoners want to see, it’s not what we are going to accept.”

  3. Maybe the local conservative club could get a porta cabin in Lord and Lady Revells back garden. Much nicer surroundings than opposite the precinct in grays.

  4. Why don’t they move in with the Labour office in Tilbury! That way they can both look at the area that both parties have seen vasts amount of Public money go into but nothing bloody changed! Come to Thurrock Boris and explain to the idiot Council and Councillors who bullshite us all and lose our money!
    Let’s have an Independant run Council that can tell that twin twat of a government where to get off!!!
    How about Colin Churchman as Prime-Minister? I reckon he’s got the balls to do the job properly! Certainly got the gob! (not personal Colin)!

  5. Well has Cllr J Cowell said” We have away around planning” on your Thurrock website. And with all the media attention lately about certain tories
    Prehaps they feel they have a good chance to find away around planning watch this space !!!!

  6. the migration has already started in thurrock with the workers being priced out of london and moving gradually through dagenham ect and now thurrock wich has pushed up both house prices and rent demands from landlords and i’m not een including the people who were moved out to build the olympics in lindon ect.
    there is a cronic shortage of affordable accomodation in the borough as it is without the possible exodus expected with the goverments new rules and lets not forget along with these new people it will add to the very overstretched school,doctors,dentists ect we already have here in thurrock.
    An earlier comment about cashing in is absolutely spot on and i fear more bedsits with higher rents as more people are looking for places to live than there already are here in thurrock.


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