A LEADING Thurrock Councillor has slammed the decision of the government planning inspector to overturn Thurrock Council’s action to stop Squibb Demolition operating into the night.
Cllr Terry Hipsey, Ward Councillor for Stanford West and Chair of the council’s Planning Committee said;
“There have been many residents of Wharf Rd, Stanford that have complained to me about the number of huge trucks carrying demolition equipment thundering through Wharf Rd, putting resident vehicles, property and pedestrians at risk. All we wanted to do was help those people get some peace.
“I am shocked at the Inspectors decision. He even said, and I quote, “The Council’s enforcement notice was a first. There was nothing illegal or wrong in it and the appellant’s legal team along with the inspectorate found nothing wrong with the approach.”
“In spite of this – and the unanimous decision of the Planning Committee to take action to try and give some respite to local residents – the inspector decided to take no notice whatsoever of the very real concerns of local residents and has, instead, found in favour of a company who have no regard for my residents or their health and wellbeing.
“This decision exposes the Conservative’s “localism “agenda as a total sham. I say, sincerely, that if this is “localism” and looking after the average man and woman on the street, claiming to listen to their views, then god help us all.
We are now beginning to see, very clearly, that “localism” is nothing more than a cheap political stunt designed to hoodwink people by making promises about greater local powers over planning issues. Only to find these promises stand for nothing”.