Saturday, June 15, 2024

Chafford Tories slam decision to close library

RESIDENTS and ward councillors of Chafford Hundred are appalled by the Labour run council’s refusal to reinstate Chafford Hundred library.

The four Conservative councillors (Simon Wootton, Steven Veryard, Garry Hague and Tunde Ojetola) have issued a statement condemning the action.

The councillors state: “The Council took the first step in closing the library last year by massively reducing the opening hours to 3 half days a week. This was done despite factual evidence which showed that the Chafford Hundred library is the third most used library in Thurrock with over 91,000 visits a year.

“The library is used by students of the four schools in the community, by parents and by community groups such as the nursing mothers who meet there every week.

“Despite cost saving pressures, the Chafford Conservative Councillor team opposed this cut and lobbied for sufficient funding to be made available in the council’s Budget for the library to operate.

“We have had numerous discussions with the Council to ensure that the 14,000 residents of Chafford continue to enjoy the benefit of the library but this seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Instead the Council is providing a 2 hour mobile library in a different location.

“When is Labour going to listen to the electorate and their representatives?

“The library is needed; it is used, and has funding to cover its operation. Councillors voted for it to be open, why then has this not been adhered to?. Blaming the Campus School for the closure is not acceptable.

“This decision does not show a Council that cares or is willing to listen to residents and rate payers.
Here are two suggestions:
Consider using another building e.g. Drake Community Hall for the library within the budget allocation voted for it
Let the mobile library serve the residents for the allocated 3 half days a week.


  1. why don’t they use the one in grays?,people on chafford always want more than their fair share of resources,i think purfleet deserves one before chafford hundred.

  2. Well said rocket1
    but then again remember the four named councillors all just happen to be TORIES.
    They have forgotten already their plans for the beach, the theatre ect that they were going to close.

  3. Just an observation.

    In April Thurrock Tories including 3 of the above councillors put forward to privatise the community halls in their alternative budget, this included Drake Community Hall. Maybe the new landlord wont want to have a library in their community hall.

    How nice of the 4 Chafford Tory councillors to demand the mobile library visits chafford for the 3 half days a week. As the mobile library is already out all week visiting other Thurrock communities where do they suggest should be cut from the programme.

    I am sure all of Thurrocks communities would love to have a mobile service 3 days per week but in todays economic climate of Tory led government cuts it just aint happening.

  4. Colin, your facts are incorrect regarding the Beach and Theatre, they were not going to be closed but put out to private companies to run, maybe this is a good idea or maybe not, after all the LABOUR leader has already caused one park in Grays to become a drinking den for all and sundry on an evening by leaving the gates open to Grays Park, maybe they woudl do the same with the Beach and the Theatre?

    I only hope that the Beach and Thatre do not get taken on by Impulse Leisure as first suggested as they are incapabale of running the local Gymnasiums and have to come cap in hand to the council every year just to keep them going.

    Talking of Grays Beach, I notice that an application has been raised for them to sell alcohol in the cafe, if this atually gets through the council it will be the biggest joke in the area, why would you want to sell alcohol in a kiddies playground???? mind you with our council nothing would suprise me.

  5. i call them ”THE GANG OF FOUR”,always demanding special treatment for poor deprived chafford residents.

  6. “Chafford Hundred library is the third most used library in Thurrock with over 91,000 visits a year”

    Closed to teach the Tories and the residents of Chafford a lesson i think!


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