THURROCK Council has yet to develop a Brexit Impact Plan.
Recently, Sky News, via a number of Freedom of Information requests, asked thirty councils across the land to detail their Brexit Impact Studies.
They published over thirty responses. Dover Council, in a very detailed response, expressed grave concerns about log-jammed traffic on the M20. Another port area, Pembrokeshire also had a detailed document with nineteen ways Brexit could affect their area. Bristol makes reference to social unrest.
Wirral council told Sky News: ‘Given the lack of detail from government about any proposed deal or arrangements, it is difficult to carry out an assessment that is not purely speculative at this time.’
On August 1st, we asked Thurrock Council if they had a Brexit Impact Report.
A Thurrock Council spokesperson said: “Thurrock Council continues to monitor the preparations for the UK exiting the European Union, formal analysis of impact would not be undertaken until more details emerge as the negotiation process continues.
“However, the Council is in discussion with port operators in the Borough about potential impacts of changes to customs checks for EU goods, in particular on traffic in the borough and for our Trading Standards service operating at the ports. We are also working closely with the National Trading Standards service.”
You may have thought that a borough of 160,000 with three major ports, the Dartford Crossing, a major shopping centre, a number of industrial complexes, they would have a detailed report. Or maybe you feel that compiling a report would be playing into the hands of Project Fear?
It would be interesting to hear what our readers think.
To compare, our sister paper, YourHarlow.Com asked Harlow District Council if they had a plan. Their reply was as follows.
A Harlow Council spokesperson said: “Although Harlow has not prepared a specific report analysing the impact of Brexit, we are of course well aware of the uncertainty created by the lengthy Brexit negotiations. Although, as a District Council, direct responsibility for the areas you refer to lie predominantly with Central government, County/Unitary authorities, the NHS and the Police, we work closely with all of these partners for the benefit of Harlow and have ensured that our financial planning includes a healthy reserve set at well above the recommended minimum to ensure we are protected from the possibility of turbulent times ahead.
“We are aware from Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader Essex County Council, and the Local Government Association Spokesperson on Brexit and Chairman of the East of England Europe and International Panel, that:
‘Essex County Council (ECC) has been monitoring the risks and opportunities facing Essex, and is already working with the LGA and County Council Network (CCN) to lobby Government. On top of that, ECC is undertaking research to define the priorities of a local authority driven UK growth programme, which would replace EU funding after 2020.’
“Specifically in relation to Harlow, as a community leader, the Council is concerned with the welfare of those who live in the District, visit or do business here.
“The Council is ensuring it promotes equality of opportunity and this is reflected in how we provide services and make decisions. Our Community Safety Team works closely with partners to help build a culture where different views are expressed respectfully and extreme consequences of ‘social unrest’ are mitigated.
“We have recognised the potential risk of Brexit in our business planning and we are monitoring the evolving situation but there is insufficient clear information at present to make further detailed planning to mitigate unknown impacts upon our services worthwhile. However ensuring that the financial standing of the Council, in terms of prudent management and increased reserves, will of course help us to better meet any challenges ahead.”