THE LATEST missive from the Thurrock Tory group is wrong and inaccurate in so many ways, it is difficult to list them all,” says Leader of the Council John Kent.
“The 17 properties mentioned in the release are, first, not secret, and second, not a disposal list.
“Cllr Anderson first saw the 17 in June last year when he attended a meeting about the council’s assets.
“Three weeks ago the list was published — it was in the papers.
(The list included Grays magistrates court, 169 Usk Road, Aveley, the former primary scholl at Jack Lobley as short term considerations and Thurrock Carers Centre as medium term considerations.)
“Cllr Anderson asked again and was provided with the list and then he tries to go the Freedom of Information route. Why? He already has the list.
“When he asked for the ‘disposal list’ I told him there wasn’t one. There isn’t. The list of 17 properties is simply indicative of what we could do, might do, or might not do.
“There are thousands of properties on the overall list. It includes every single property the council owns and obviously it would be impractical to write reports using the full list.”
He added: “I have made it clear we won’t do anything without consulting local people and in his heart, Cllr Anderson knows this to be true “
Cllr Kent said: “The Tory group is getting ever more desperate, I just wonder how scared they are of May’s election result.”