THURROCK’S Labour candidate for MP, Polly Billington has given a cautious welcome to the £80 million pound investment into Thurrock but believes so much more could have been achieved.
Ms Billington said: “Much as we all welcome the investment that will be coming our way from the Local Growth Fund to widen the A13, the government has missed a number of tricks. The development of Purfleet town, Grays town centre and transport improvements for Lakeside all missed out on government funding, in the announcement made this week.
“And this is despite the fact these projects already have local council support and financial backing from the private sector. The development of a new Purfleet town centre, with film and TV studios is a genuinely exciting prospect they should be supporting. Ambitious and exciting plans to expand Lakeside need better transport links to ensure success: without government support this will take longer.
“The Tory-led government has also chosen not to support the planned improvements to Grays town centre, including the road layout, access to the rail station and replacing the dangerous and outdated level crossing.
“Thurrock is a growing community with ambition, which has been let down by this government. It is a shame that the Conservative MP is failing to persuade her own government to support the community she is elected to represent.
The fact is Purfleet Grays and Lakeside all need government support so that our ambitions for our community succeed. This is a real miss by the government, and suggests the local Conservative MP hasn’t been speaking up for Thurrock.