THE ITEMS on the agenda discussed joint management and shared services between Thurrock and Barking and Dagenham councils but despite the council leader laying out assurances, the Thurrock Conservatives were not convinced.
Council leader, John Kent informed a meeting of the full council that Thurrock Council would still have complete control over key services such as adult social care, education and housing but the document outlined where joint management and shared services would take place.
From a logistical point of view, many of the Conservatives were concerned that by giving officers twice as much work, only half would get done.
Cllr Tunde Ojetola noted that an officer told him they could not have a meeting as they were in Barking and there have been reports of officers keeping their “out of office” message on e-mail even when they are in the civic offices.
Tory education spokesperson raised concerns that Thurrock was sharing services with a borough that was out of step with Thurrock’s culture of moving to academies.
Independent councillor for East Tilbury, Barry Palmer told the meetings of his concerns that there may be mass migration into the borough.
There was unanimous agreement over three of the four options but the Tories voted against an option that officers should continue to develop options for both joint management and shared services between Thurrock Council and Barking and Dagenham to save at least £1m across both councils.