Saturday, May 18, 2024

Letter to Editor: Stanford-le-Hope deserves better…

Letter to Editor

Dear Editor,

Residents and shopkeepers alike will be only too aware that I disagree with the current proposals to build a new supermarket; more flats (with no parking spaces) and a multi-storey car park on the existing Sand Pits car park site.

Our ambitions in Stanford must mean more than more flats and another supermarket like what we already have. We need something which will enhance the village, not be of detriment to it. This will damage parking provision, potentially affect the trade of local shopkeepers and will be a bad legacy for our local village centre.

I have been advised this week that my request to further scrutinise the decision to sell the Sand Pits car park has been ‘called-in’ successfully. This means that the sale of the land is halted temporarily while councillors and officers investigate the proposals under the spotlight in more detail. This is part of the council’s accepted scrutiny process.

The scrutiny meeting will be held mid-May, with a recommendation coming out from that meeting shortly after. You know what side of this argument I am on – and I will report back duly.

Best wishes, Shane Hebb. Councillor for Stanford West (Conservative).


  1. It was interesting to see how the Labour Cabinet completely ignored the Conservative concerns about the sale price of the car park. Do they have Mickey Mouse doing the valuation of Council owned assets? The price of £350,000 for land that had planning permission for a supermarket and flats is a complete joke and doesn’t represent value for money for the taxpayers of Thurrock.

    Serious questions have to be asked about this valuation. Was it valued as a carpark or development land with planning permission?

    (PS Stanford-le-Hope isn’t a village – it’s a town)..


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