Sunday, November 27, 2022

Barking and Thurrock: Tories alarmed at “plans to reshape”

THURROCK Conservatives have expressed their alarm after Labour’s plans for a management merger with the London borough of Barking and Dagenham took another step forwards.

A memo from Barking has revealed that senior staff from both councils are attending a joint “strategy week” where they will be “discussing and debating how the council needs to re-shape itself”.

Leader of Thurrock Conservatives Cllr Phil Anderson said “Conservatives are very clear that we oppose a management merger with the London borough Barking and Dagenham. Thurrock has significant issues and our managers need to focus on solving them, not spreading themselves out to cover a struggling London Borough with its own, different challenges.

“I have always encouraged the council to work with other authorities to see if there are areas where we can work together to save money or share best practice, but yet again Labour choose to work only with their cronies in Barking. Doubtless this ‘strategy week’ will take our staff away from dealing with Thurrock’s issues to instead develop some unwanted and unnecessary joint strategy.

“The people of Thurrock do not want this Barking merger, and Labour should give it up and focus on the issues that really matter, like improving our schools and sorting out our dilapidated housing stock.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. Didnt full council reject a management merger with Barking & Dagenham? How can Comrade Kent allow officers to just continue with this meger when full council dismissed it? John you really do need to take control and lead this council, or are you just resigned to losing control at next election and letting the officers run the council into the ground for the next political leaders?

  2. Perhaps the propoasals being worked up have made room for the Comrade. Wouldn’t that be a shocker.

  3. Why are Thurrock Labour so intent on getting closer to Barking and Dagenham. Barking and Dagenham Labour group have run that borough into the ground over the past decade making it an ok place to live to somewhere most people try to avoid now.

  4. Maybe if our Council Leader is that keen on B&D he should pack his bags and move his office up there instead and then TBC can get someone who actually listens to the local people rather than riding roughshod over what people have already said they do not want.

    The only reason that Mr Kent wants to join forces with B&D is because that is historically also a Labour borough so this is more of a political move than an investment in Thurrock.

    Why could he not have aligned his office with a borough in Essex???

  5. Lambo is right.

    It’s a purely political move designed as a cost saving exercise.

    Unfortunately for Thurrock we are surrounded by Tory dominated councils from Havering to Southend, Brentwood, Castle Point and Basildon so there would be no chance for a major link with them according to Thurrock Labour group.

  6. i fully support this merger of barking and dagenham with thurrock,i suggest the name should be the london borough of thurking dagenham,its got a nice ring to it.

  7. “I have always encouraged the council to work with other authorities to see if there are areas where we can work together to save money or share best practice, but yet again Labour choose to work only with their cronies in Barking”

    They are both as bad as each other – I read this as both Labour and the Tories would join with a Council of their own political colour. Labour going with Barking and Dagenham, and the Tories with one of the many Tory councils that surround Thurrock.

    Exactly what we don’t need – Politics before Thurrock, and motivated by all the wrong things!

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