IF WE had time, we might go back on our film of Wednesday night’s cabinet meeting and count how many times, Thurrock Conservatives councillors said: “Clean it, cut it, fill it” It was a bit like “Long Term Economic Plan”. You say it enough times.
As we have said before, it is the classic damned if you do policy. Before they came to power, we had run a number of news items that had questioned, why the council under the ruling Labour administration were letting the borough look like “a midden”.
But it appears that no matter how many stats are trotted out, how many people Tory councillors meet on the street praising the campaign, there appears to be many many a resident who see fly tipping and detritus everywhere they go and still think it is the same.
On Wednesday night, at the last meeting of the year, council leader, Rob Gledhill reflected on the campaign and justified the (close to) half a million pound spend.