Monday, September 26, 2022

Letter to Editor: The Mayor of Thurrock says farewell (but we hope it is au revoir)


Dear Editor.

I had the privilege of being elected a Conservative councillor in May 2004 to May 2018.

Over the past 14 years, I have obtained a wide variety of experience, sitting and chairing the Health Scrutiny, Licensing Committee and a being long standing member of the planning committee. I then became a cabinet member, for Central Services, for Transport & Highways, and then for Housing.

Culminating the service with two stints of Deputy Mayor and finally Mayor of Thurrock.

In my mayoral year, I have meet a wide variety of people across Thurrock, and they made me proud to announce across Essex that I am from Thurrock.

Most residents go about their everyday lives, working to make ends meet, and then volunteering their time to support the Scouts, the Police, Army, Sea and Air Cadets. People like Lorraine and her team at Thurrock Contact-the-elderly, like Samson and Sharon at Learning Workz or like Tom at the Prince’s Trust. There are so many ‘Lorraines’ ‘Samsons’ and ‘Toms’ in Thurrock and it’s a thing to be proud of.

These past 14 years have been a roller-coaster experience. But most importantly, I hope I have made an impact in Chafford and in Thurrock.

Thurrock community has massively changed from the 130,000 population in 2001, to about 175,000 now. Cllr Gledhill and the Cabinet are aware that the changes in the community require tactical handling to ensure that Thurrock learns the lessons from other communities which has had rapid growth.

I am pleased that the Cabinet is ensuring that Thurrock isn’t ‘just about managing’. Their strive, their ambition to say we can be better than the rest, is what has pushed positive strategies to date. Long may this continue!

Tunde Ojetola
Mayor of Thurrock 2017-18
South Chafford Councillor 2004-2018



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