Stanford councillor concerned over East Thurrock Utd plans for Billet land

A STANFORD councillor has responded to preliminary investigations into whether the East Thurrock Football Club could acquire a parcel of land on The Crooked Billet field (Mobil field) as part of their move from their existing premises.

The land is a widely used public space which already boasts the home site of the local Stanford Rugby and Cricket clubs further up the fields.

“There are two views on the matter – one we could see a exciting and new sporting hub in Stanford-le-Hope, which would complement existing sports groups and draw in spectators and investment”, responds Cllr Shane Hebb, Conservative councillor for Stanford West.

“The second view is that this could be an inexcusable takeover of public space, and we need to ensure that any decision taken by the Labour Cabinet to sell this land is backed by safeguards to protect usage for local residents”.

Cllr Hebb has written to the officers at the council asking to meet with planners, asset managers and the football club to discuss the ‘vision’ of the football club.

“Undeniably the two arguments need to be explored and the right decisions made, based on facts, an accountable delivery plan, and supported by as many local people as possible”, notes Cllr Hebb.

“I am committed that all possible levels of scrutiny occur, and that the pubic should have a large say in what happens to one of their proudest assets”.

Notice is hereby given that Thurrock Borough Council is considering the disposal of a parcel of land comprising approximately 9.26 acres which is for identification purposes shown edged red on the plan attached to this Notice with the intent that the parcel of land shall be used as replacement recreational facilities

The plan is available for inspection during normal office hours at the reception desk in the Civic Offices New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6SL

This is a formal notice given in so far as the above parcel of land consists or forms part of an open space within the meaning of the above Section.

Objections to the proposed disposal should be made in writing and addressed to Ian Rydings, Head of Assets Management, Thurrock Borough Council, Civic Offices New Road Grays Essex RM17 6SL and must be received by no later than close of business on Thursday 12 December 2013. The publication of this notice is required by statute and does not necessarily imply that the proposal will proceed.

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