Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Hipsey tells the Tories: “If you don’t like it, lump it!”

LONG-running tensions in Thurrock Council’s planning committee boiled over into full council last week when its chairman, Cllr Terry Hipsey, publicly asked Conservative leader Cllr Phil Anderson to leave the committee, saying members were bored of his “whinging and moaning” reports the Thurrock Enquirer.

During question time for members of the Council’s ruling executive, Cllr Anderson had asked Cllr Hipsey why he had allowed two members of the public to speak in favour of an application for dog kennels in Fobbing Road, Corringham, at October’s planning meeting when normal procedure dictates an even balance of public speakers for and against applications.

One of those speaking was former mayor Anne Cheale, a former member of the planning committee herself – and the Tory defector whose actions led to the Tories losing control of the authority to Labour.

At full Council last Thursday Cllr Anderson asked Cllr Hipsey, himself a Tory defector and former leader of the Tories and the Council: “Please can you clarify why you allowed an additional speaker to try and persuade the committee to support this application, and whether on reflection you would concede that you made a serious error of judgement?”

Cllr Hipsey didn’t pull his punches in his reply describing Cllr Anderson’s question as an attempt to ‘mischief make’ within the council chamber.

He continued: “I am the chair of this planning committee so if you don’t like it, why not leave? Members are fed up of you whinging and moaning anyway.”

That line prompted howls of derision from the Tory benches with councillors sarcastically adding: “Come on Phil, have a whinge, have a moan.”

Cllr Anderson replied arguing the application did not come close to showing the ‘exceptional circumstances’ needed for more members of the public to speak in favour of an application than against it.

This prompted yet another blunt retort with Cllr Hipsey saying: “Unlike you, I am not willing to stifle debate. I used my discretion on this particular application – if you don’t like it, lump it!”

4 COMMENTS

  1. At last a labour coucillor with some b***s. Its about time that the Labour group on the council reminded the Tories its a labour administration and if they dont like it they can do the other thing. WELL DONE Terry Hipsey

  2. Yep Red Rebel, at last a labour councilor with some balls to show what a conceited prat he really is, he shows toatal disregard to the policy within the palnning commitee and his coment of “like it or lump it” just shows how out of touch this dinosaur is, thsi is the typical attitude of the labour party at the moment who are showing their true colours as wounded animals.

    Time for Mr Hipsey to be taken down a peg or two.

  3. Anybody that is one moment a Tory and the next Labour is automatically a prat in my book. Hypocrisy is his middle name.

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