LITTLE Thurrock Blackshots Councillor Joy Redsell has lashed out at the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation (DC) after it barred her from speaking on a planning application for the relocation of Thurrock College.
The Corporation met on Monday 6th February to consider plans for a new sixth form college in Grays town centre, something which can only happen if the existing Woodview Campus in Blackshots is sold for the development of 362 houses. This will be the subject of a later application.
Councillor Redsell said, “The plans for the relocation of the college have a direct impact on the ward I represent and it is appalling that as an elected councillor I was unable to address the committee on what were some important issues. If the college does move to Grays we all hope it will be successful but it is too important that the voices of local councillors and their residents are heard in this process too.
What is worse is that I notified the Development Corporation of my desire to speak several days before the meeting but received an e-mail just a few hours before the meeting saying I couldn’t do so. I wasn’t even told properly why I had been prevented from speaking.
This is outrageous and to me it illustrates the contempt that this unelected quango has for local democracy”.