Thursday, February 2, 2023

Conservatives question Labour version of events over Ponds Farm “No-Show”

FOLLOWING a statement issued by Cllr Andy Smith last week, Thurrock Conservatives are questioning Labour’s version of events over the decision by Thurrock Council not to attend the public inquiry into a proposed industrial development at Ponds Farm near Aveley.

Conservative leader Phil Anderson said: “I was told last week by Council Officers that the decision not to defend Thurrock’s interests at the inquiry was made with the full knowledge of the portfolio Holder Cllr Andy Smith and the Leader of Council John Kent. But for Cllr Smith to now turn round and say that the decision was “not agreed by any member” means that someone has not got their facts straight.

Cllr Amanda Prevost has done exactly the right thing as a local ward member for Aveley. She has gone along to the inquiry to represent the views of local residents and explain why they oppose this development. Decisions about the formal position of Thurrock Council are the responsibility of the Labour administration. It is wrong of Cllr Smith to attempt to to duck out of that responsibility or shift the blame elsewhere.

All that we are asking is that Labour give a proper answer to the question: ‘why did Thurrock Council decide not to be represented at the Ponds Farm public inquiry?’. If they aren’t willing to give that answer now, they will get a chance next Wednesday when Cllr Prevost asks the question formally in full Council.”

9 COMMENTS

  1. There has been 2 press releases now regarding this -the first one stating that a question will be put to Cllr Smith at full council and the second saying there will be question put to Cllr Smith at full council.

    Cllr Smith in the first article gave a reply to the question and Cllr Prevost has already met with senior officers and had the reasons explained to her in full.

    Next week will see the same question put to Cllr Smith where Cllr Prevost will surely have the same stuff explained to her in the chamber.

    You wouldnt guess then that ther normally very quiet Cllr Prevost is up for election next year.

    On a different note while Phil Anderson is demanding answers from Labour he might want to give a full explanation about the Joy Redsell saga and how many planning applications can be traced back to the developer that Joy has sat in on meetings. When asked to apologise to Thurrock residents and the council at last weeks planning meeting he failed to do so.

    People in glass houses comes to mind.

  2. Surly councilor Anderson should get his priorities right he accuses labour of ducking out of their responsibility’s. When he has made no attempt to make Councillor Redsell make a public statement because she is accountable to the tax payers of Thurrock and Labour should formally ask Redsell in full council next Wednesday!!! How she is sitting as a councillor after being part of the LDF process going on site visits!! Meeting owners who are promoting land in the LDF Redsell facilitates them I believe? please Anderson don’t think the people of Thurrock are that dense and make a big fuss over ponds farm that’s been out there over a year Cllr Prevost good strategy in trying to take the diary of your group a year to behind schedule. It’s sad because all and sundry have doubts about your group Cllr Prevost you need to ask yourself if it was another political group meeting a developer would you all be avoiding it like the plague NO!!! So for transparency Redsell should make a public statement to Mike More important than the issue of ponds Farm Cllr Prevost why aren’t you sorting JOY REDSELL behavior out first then you will be able to shout with impunity. For the reason that this matter will haunt you time and time again why the Redsell issue still goes on. I feel the LDF is now tainted a fact you can’t dismiss please remember people in glass houses should not throw stones and bear in mind while your new leader Cllr Anderson does not act on this matter it’s obvious what he is a charlatan he has no credibility in the planning area and that includes every Tory on Thurrock council

  3. Surly councilor Anderson should get his priorities right he accuses labour of ducking out of their responsibility’s. When he has made no attempt to make Councillor Redsell make a public statement because she is accountable to the tax payers of Thurrock and Labour should formally ask Redsell in full council next Wednesday!!! How she is sitting as a councillor after being part of the LDF process going on site visits!!  Meeting owners who are promoting land in the LDF   Redsell facilitates them I believe? please Anderson don’t think the people of Thurrock are that dense and make a big fuss over ponds farm that’s been out there over a year Cllr Prevost good strategy in trying to take the diary of your group a year to behind schedule. It’s sad because all and sundry have doubts about your group Cllr Prevost you need to ask yourself if it was another political group meeting a developer would you all be avoiding it like the plague NO!!! So for transparency Redsell should make a public statement to Mike More important than the issue of ponds Farm Cllr Prevost why aren’t you sorting JOY REDSELL behavior out first then you will be able to shout with impunity.   For the reason that this matter will haunt you time and time again why the Redsell issue still goes on. I feel the LDF is now tainted a fact you can’t dismiss please remember people in glass houses should not throw stones and bear in mind while your new leader Cllr Anderson does not act on this matter it’s obvious what he is a charlatan  he has no credibility in the planning area and that includes every Tory on Thurrock council

  4. To be honest, this is not the first time that Labour have failed to show up at a meeting, they don’t even go to their own internal ones so what makes this so different.

    Yes there are still unaswered questions about Redsellgate but this news article has absolutley nothing to do with that so for albert and gregory to hijack the thread obviuosly shows that what ever Redsell did has really stuck in their craw

  5. Apologize Anderson wouldn’t have the time or the energy.his too busy blessing the LITTLE TOWNS and parting with the toffs , come on cllr Anderson speak up why does this disgusting women keep getting away with it time & time & time again, ???? Oh I forgot sorry DEAR Shes been silly & she’s SO SO SORRY …….
    When you flying her to Gibraltar cllr Anderson will your plane go that far

  6. Your comment says it all, Nigels Darling welcome back on to the site, Missed your comments

  7. Most people will not be the least surprised that some Councillors have their “snouts in the trough” and are greedy for more. But let us be fair about this and admit that it applies to both the Labour and Conservative Councillors in equal measure. What really sickens me is that, because the Council is in no overall control, Leaders are not prepared to discipline corrupt or wayward Councillors for fear of losing control of the Council which results in them believing they can, with impunity, do as they please. I also believe that the public are partly to blame when, despite the Councillors conduct, they rush to defend their “beloved” Councillor/s and accuse those who attempt to expose corruption or critise Councillors of being vindictive or pursuing a personal grudge. When Councillors actually oppose the interests of their constituents and/or put their own vested interests or their Parties interests before the interests of those who elected them they should not be surprised when people express their anger, disappointment and disgust.

  8. colin barnes
    i dont get it about Gibraltar you dont mean the banks there do you ?well somebody must look in to that who would go there just for a trip thats BAD but she is who did she go with? bend -over I THINK WORK IT OUT

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