CONSERVATIVE leader and Corringham Councillor Phil Anderson has welcomed news that Corringham police station is to be brought back to life.
Responding to Labour party criticism this week, Cllr Anderson said:
“I was disappointed to see my Labour colleagues pouring cold water on the news that Corringham police station is to be brought back to life.
This is great news for our town for three reasons. It gives the local police a usable base back in Corringham; it provides a new home for our top-rated youth offending team; and it offers a real opportunity to develop a face-to-face contact and information service for the community.
Cllr James Halden has worked hard for many months with the council and police to help get us to this point. That kind of effort and initiative surely deserves a bit of recognition and encouragement. Labour were quick to criticise when the station closed, but they haven’t come up with any ideas of their own. Anyone would think they were actually disappointed to see a police base back in Corringham, because it doesn’t fit their negative political agenda.
This kind of shared hub represents the future of public services, including policing. Clearly there is more to be done, and we are committed to playing a constructive role in that. It would be nice to see Labour putting their weight behind making the most of this opportunity rather than spitting sour grapes from the sidelines.”