Monday, February 26, 2024

Hail Gloriana! Val announces house-building project

SHE may or may not have the body of a weak and feeble woman but housing boss, Val Morris-Cook has announced plans to kick-start the house-building industry in Thurrock

The plans were given the go-ahead by Thurrock Council’s cabinet on Wednesday (13 November) evening.

Members agreed to delegate authority to the Chief Executive in consultation with Head of Legal to set up a company under the name “Gloriana Thurrock Ltd“.

Housing portfolio holder, Cllr Val Morris-Cook, said: “Thurrock is leading the way and this scheme is effectively being copies by other councils across the country.

“Local authorities are looking for ways to help their local people get off waiting lists and get into good quality homes.”

She said the report summarised the work which has been done to develop the business case to set up a wholly-owned housing company to build “new homes on council-owned land to meet the needs of Thurrock people”.

Cllr Morris-Cook added: “The objectives are quite simple: to build good homes for people in Thurrock; to create new jobs for people in Thurrock; and to kick start the stagnant house building market out there which is in danger of stopping us reaching our ambitious growth targets.

“We’re naming the company Gloriana because it is a name with some important local links.

“Benjamin Britten’s opera Gloriana was commissioned by the Royal Opera House to mark the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. The name refers to Queen Elizabeth the first who was greeted by her troops at Tilbury with cries of “Gloriana, Gloriana, Gloriana”, after her famous Spanish Armada speech there in 1588.

“This company will create an exciting future in Thurrock, for Thurrock people, it is something we should at least shout about from the rooftops.

“I should also point out that all the financial assumptions made here are very cautious and all the legal documentation needed has been drafted. Best of all, our internal auditor has been involved in the detailed discussions  and has given the proposal a clean bill of health.

“The conclusion of the work set out in this report is that the business case is sound and the proposal deliverable.

“We are ready to go!”


  1. Better late than never I suppose. Nice to see the Labour run Council finally get involved with a Tory government scheme to build more council run affordable housing. Just a shame that it’s taken them a year and a half to get started.

    Let’s remind ouselves how many council houses were built under the last labour government over 13 years. 2,500 were built in the whole of the UK over 13 years. That’s 192 per year nationwide. Another housing success story for Labour. Always on the side of the disadvantaged. The only reason they’redoing it now is because they’d have to give the surpluses back to the government if they didn’t. I bet the old comrades had to choke hard on this one.

  2. I am for any policy which means more council housing will be built in the borough. As long as suitable locations are chosen i.e no green field sites, more houses rather than flats are built, and working rentpayers/disabled and pensioners are given first preference rather than the lazy Labour voting underclass or single mothers having children to get free housing then I’m all for it.

    I would start by knocking down most of those mould infested homes in Ockendon and rebuilding them.

  3. Another point for Val…

    Queen Elizabeth I made her famous speech at West Tilbury (the very pleasant village that will be decimated if Option C of the Thames bridge goes ahead) not Tilbury Town.

  4. Bernard87, most of those mould infested homes (mine included) are in private hands. When the Masterplan for the area was announced some years back there was an option to demolish the estate but it was roundly rejected by the residents.

  5. Never been a fan of the Development Corporation but maybe they had the correct idea with the estates in Ockendon?

  6. Wow!
    “the lazy Labour voting underclass”?
    “single mothers who have children to get free housing”?
    Your sounding like a 1930’s German Nazi!

  7. Why does the Local Authority need to form a company to build houses? Will we see certain councillors and council officers running this company and be paid a wage or an allowance?

  8. Also from Wickipedia regarding the opera Gloriana:-

    ” The premiere was one of Britten’s few critical failures, and the opera was not included in the series of complete Decca recordings conducted by the composer.”

    Will Val’s company be like the opera Gloriana – a failure?


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