Care portfolio holder slams “troublemaker” Arnold

PORTFOLIO holder cllr Tony Fish has slammed the deputy leader, cllr amanda Arnold over her controversial comments on the development of care home Elizabeth Gardens

Cllr Fish said: “I was surprised and disappointed to read Cllr Arnold’s outburst on Your Thurrock about the Extra Care development in Stifford Clays to be known as Elizabeth Gardens.

She seems to be trying to create controversy where none exists.

Firstly, while Elizabeth House did not fully meet registration standards I have spoken to relatives of people who were living there who said that they had good memories of it.

Labour, as always focussing on the residents, had legitimate concerns around the closure of the home albeit passionately expressed.

Once those concerns had been addressed we drew a line under the issue.

Since that time there has been joint working accross party lines on what is a wonderful ne wdevelopment for residents who may need this type of housing in future.

I’m happy to give credit to Cllr Arnold for her role in getting the project under way.

As ever I’m focussed on delivering the best possible outcomes for our residents and ensuring the hard work on Elizabeth Gardens comes to fruition.

I look forward to Cllr Arnold’s support for the future in achieving this.”

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