A COUNCIL committee has expressed its dismay after only 13 out of 49 councillors responded to their appeal regarding the 2012 Olympics.
The Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee had been tasked with monitoring and supporting the council’s role and participation in the olympics.
The committee contacted every councillor and asked them what there concerns were over the games and possible opportunities as well as problems for Thurrock.
They received the following replies:
Cllr. Sue Macpherson: Homesteads- What will happen to the PCSO patrol in my war
Cllr. Mike Revell – Orsett: Having a large and open ward means that fly tip can be a real issue to me. Will I expect delays in environment’s response times to such issues? – Do we think there are any areas of Thurrock that are in danger of illegal traveller sites or even illegal traveller sites becoming unwieldy?
Cllr. James Halden – Homesteads: What events are being held in Thurrock? – Are we expecting trading standards ECT to have an issue with the illegal sales of alcohol or the illegal setting up of clubs and other such venues and what should we do if we become aware of this?
Cllr. Garry Hague – Chafford and North Stifford: What are our neighbours doing, in terms of events? Will this affect us?
Cllr. Danny Nicklen: Stanford East and Corringham town. Will anything be happening in ward i.e. the addiszone area?
Cllr. Amanda Arnold -Ockendon- : Are we expecting major road delays i.e. due to proximity of the crossing ECT. How can we deal with this?
Cllr. Mark Coxshall Corringham and Fobbing- : How will the lakeside park and ride be policed?
Cllr. Simon Wootton: Chafford and North Stifford- Do we have any power/responsibility in terms of policing the trains and train stations given the fact that issues with drunkenness ECT are likely?
Cllr. Joy Redsell – little Thurrock blackshots – : Is there a danger of unplanned events taking place i.e. a group just moving on to black shots field? How can we deal with this if it happens?
Cllr. Diana Hale- Stifford Clays- : Part of the A13 runs through my ward If there are traffic incidents traffic is fed onto both Stifford Clays Road or Lodge Lane which are totally unsuitable.
Cllr. Lynn Worrall – Tilbury St Chads- : Whilst not directly my ward I would like the promenade and area around Tilbury Fort to be considered. The actual promenade is owned by the docks but they often need ‘reminding’ to cut the grass. As an area of public interest I would expect it to attract visitors during the games.
Cllr. Angie Gaywood – Stifford Clays-: I can think of traffic congestion & pollution, litter, issues around policing? Theft etc… all ones which affect many wards in and around the A13
Cllr. Phil Smith – Stanford East and Corringham town – Not aware of any specific issues, but I would expect towns that have shows/events Etc will try and build on the Olympics.
Chair, cllr James Halden said: “It’s a shame that only 13 members responded thus we did not get the fullest picture of concern that we wanted.”