Tory chair praises spirit of co-operation

On Monday night, Thurrock Council’s Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny committee passed a plan to make the cleaning and greening service more flexible, responsible to local needs and less centralised.

Committee Chair Councillor James Halden (Cons: Homesteads) said: “It was fantastic to see such a large and important piece of work done by members from all parties.

“I would like to pay tribute to the co-author of my report, Labour member for Tilbury St. Chads, Councillor Steve Liddiard, Steve was open with his ideas and helped me in a major way to lead members from all parties to write an initial report to shape the environment service into a more community responsive mode.

“Having robust political debate, and at times disagreement, is how you know democracy is working, but there are also times when the wider interest is a clear direction forward.

“This will be an ongoing piece of work where my committee will continue to fight for a cleaner and greener Thurrock ”.

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