Monday, May 20, 2024

Conservative leader applauds Corringham Police Station initiative

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.”


  1. CONSERVATIVE leader and Corringham Councillor Phil Anderson has welcomed news that Corringham police station is to be brought back to life.

    (Cllr Angie Gaywood, portfolio holder for public protection said:
    “I was surprised to learn of Conservative Councillor James Halden’s claim that he was instrumental in providing a front counter service to members of the public to make enquiries and report crime.
    “Corringham Police station closed in 2011 as a result of the Coalition Government cuts to Essex Police’s budget and the need to streamline their service. We know there are a further £36m worth of cuts to come over the next three years.
    I therefore sought confirmation Thursday (28th) from Thurrock’s District Commander, Chief Inspector Ben Hodder who advised me that there would be no change to that which is already in place – with police officers purely using the old building as a base whilst on patrol in the area.)

    The information that is missing is who is going to bring Corringham police Station back to life

  2. 1) The building is being used – the Police station isn’t being brought back to life.

    2) The public won’t be able to speak to the Police at the building as it won’t have a manned desk – there is no ‘face to face’ contact.

    3) It isn’t a ‘shared hub’. The Youth Offending Team are using the building now. The Police have a few room to store equipment and have a cup of tea. The public can’t turn up and ask to speak to a pOlice Officer as most of the time they won’t be there but out and about.

    The way the Conservatives have spun this is disingenuous to say the least. Most residents think they now have an operating Police Station with manned desks when nothing can be further from the truth.

  3. Ed I have heard of spin doctors but Councillor Anderson should be doing he’s talking through a Dyson cyclone

  4. With the Police selling of their boats and retiring some of their Police dogs I don’t think Corringham Police Station building will be used as a functioning Police Station in the future. If you want a face to face meeting with the Police you now have to travel 6 miles to Grays – this is the advice the Police are giving.

    If Anderson and Halden spin any more they will take off and plop into the Thames.

    We should stop referring to the building as Corringham Police Station and refer to it as the former Corringham Police Station. It is an ex-Police Station – a defunct Police Staion. The Police Station is not being brought back to life. The Police Staion is no more. The building is now the Youth Offending Services building housed in the former, now defunct, Corringham Police Station.

  5. {Thurrock Tories Christmas pantomime}

    The police station Corringham

    A customer enters the deceased police station

    Customer: ‘Ello, I wish to register a complaint.
    A Tory councillor behind the counter does not respond
    Customer: ‘Ello, Miss?

    The Tory councillor: What do you mean “miss”?

    Customer: I’m sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint!

    Tory councillor: We’re closin’ for lunch.

    Customer: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this police station which you told me no longer than half an hour ago was open

    Tory councillor: : Oh yes, the, uh, the..What’s,uh…What’s wrong with it?

    Customer: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. It’s deceased, that’s what’s wrong with it!

    Tory councillor: What do you mean “miss”?

    Tory councillor : No, no, the police station,. It’s just Resting

    Customer: Look, matey, I know a dead police station when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now.

    Tory councillor: No no its not dead,its ,restin’!

    Customer: It’s stone dead.
    Tory councillor: Nononono, no, no! ‘its resting!

    Customer: All right then, if its restin’, I’ll wake it up!
    shouting at the the police station

    Tory councillor: There, he moved!

    Customer: No, it didn’t, that was you hitting the counter


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