Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Independence for Stanford? Community champion puts his name forward for election

ANYONE WHO witnessed Terry Piccolo receive a civic award a few months ago for his services to the community, cannot have failed to be moved by his passion for the community.

He is the quintessential bastion and bedrock of the community with years of community work and leadership.

So it seems a logical step that Mr Piccolo takes the next logical step and has put his name forward for the council elections on May 3rd for the ward of Stanford-le-Hope West.

We spoke to Terry on Tuesday afternoon as he mingled with the crowds at the very busy Hardie Park easter gathering and asked him why he was standing and what type of councillor he would be.

The full list of candidates will be published by Thurrock Council later this week.


  1. The development at St Cleres was actually tucked away in the South East Thurrock Masterplan so the people of Tilbury and Chadwell St Mary could have their say but the people whose houses backed onto the site didn’t. It was only meant to be a small executive style housing development next to St Cleres.

    It is curious that this development at St Cleres failed to be included in the East Thurrock Masterplan and it ended up with people 3 or 4 miles away able to vote on the plans but those who overlooked the site unable to do so.

    St Cleres used to be the headquarters of both South Basildon and East Thurrock Conservatives and Thurock Conservative Associations. The owners kindly donated office space to them. One wonders if Eric Pickles visited St Cleres when he visited Stanford-le-Hope in 2010 to suport Stephen Metcalfe?

    I had heard that Mr Piccolo was on the candidates list but they selected Dave Tolson, Cllr Pauline Tolson’s husband, and brother-in-law of Labour Councillor Terry Hipsey. Dave Tolson apparently then stood down and they selected Eddie Hardiman instead of Terry Piccolo!

    The Conservatives are fools for doing this and they have now ended up with Mr Piccolo standing against the Conservatives instead of for them.

    Stanford West ward should be very interesting electoral contest indeed.


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