CONTROVERSIAL Tory councillor Joy Redsell has hit back over recent planning controversies by taking on a number of her critics.
YT understands that property baron John Isabel has made a personal appeal to chief executive Graham Farrant for the veteran Blackshots councillor to be re-instated back onto the Thurrock Council’s planning committee.
A spokesperson for Thurrock Council confirmed that the chief exec had received a communication but that the placing of councillors was not “in the gift of the chief executive.”
The council also confirmed that the council leader, cllr John Kent had not received any communication.
The news has clearly angered the chair of the council’s planning committee, cllr Terry Hipsey.
Cllr Hipsey was spoken to by the council legal bosses after his outburst at a recent council committee when he demanded that the Tory leader, Phil Anderson publish details of the internal investigation he conducted after cllr Redsell was secretly filmed meeting Orsett property boss, John Isabel in a Brentwood hotel, contrary to the council’s rules.
Cllr Redsell was in the meeting that evening as a spokesperson for the Gull project off the Grays Wharf and is believed to have complained to the legal department after cllr Hipsey’s outburst.
Finally, Joy has been busy in her ward and reportedly is about to set up a Friends of Blackshots organisation. The organisation intends to combat problems such as anti-social behaviour in the fields as well as campaign for amenities.
Whether the organisation will run side by side the local Stifford Clays community forum or replace it altogether is uncertain at the moment