THURROCK Conservatives are ‘outraged’ after being given a copy of Labour’s secret list of 17 council buildings which are shortlisted for sale – only to be told that it cannot be revealed to the public because the information is ‘too sensitive’.
Conservative leader Cllr Phil Anderson said: “When I asked for this information 3 weeks ago at a cabinet meeting, I was told to my face by Cllr. John Kent that ‘no such list exists’. That statement has now been exposed as blatantly untrue. I have a copy of the list in my possession, and as expected it details the exact identity and location of the 17 properties that are to be considered for sale. It is vital that local people should be given a say on Labour’s plans, but I have been told by officials that this list is ‘sensitive’ and ‘accessible to internal Council audiences only’.
Labour have clearly forgotten who they are supposed to be serving. Local people should be the first to know about their plans, not the last. I don’t believe in ‘leaks’, but I have asked for the information to be released under the Freedom of Information Act and I don’t see how they can possibly refuse. Any member of the public is entitled to do the same, and if you want to know whether your library, village hall, housing office, or leisure facility is on the list, I would urge you to write to Thurrock Council and request a copy under the terms of The Freedom of Information Act”.