Sunday, February 5, 2023

Grays councillor slams £10 million Thurrock Council offices build as “vanity project”

Jane P

A GRAYS councillor has criticised Thurrock Council’s decision to push ahead with a controversial scheme to build a new council building in her ward.

Labour councillor for Grays Riverside, Jane Pothecary said “I don’t understand why the Tory council are pushing ahead with this vanity project. Local businesses don’t want it, local people don’t want it, and the majority of local councillors don’t want it.”

The project is estimated to cost around £10 million and will involve the demolition of a number of local businesses and a garden dedicated to Thurrock’s role in the construction of Mulberry harbours during World War Two.

New flats are planned to be built on the existing Civic Offices 1 building, exacerbating the issues residents already face with parking in the area.

Cllr Pothecary added, “I don’t need a shiny new office to sit in, but there are lots of things I can think of that really matter to our residents that we could spend that money on. Thurrock Council need to listen to local businesses and residents, and stop this vanity project now.”


  1. Putting the various party politics aside.

    No one wants a new council gold plated chamber and throne apart from a politician. and to slap the British, Canadian and American Vets in the face with the Mulberry harbours aspect in this is unpatriotic. There would not even be a country to build your council office if it was not for there hard fought sacrifices. Is this how Thurrock Council supports the troops?

  2. Catching the Bus – Well, given the evidence of theTories pushing ahead with the plans and Labour coming out against the plans, you can’t leave party politics out of it. The Tories want pointless spectacle rather than substantive improvement in the lives of the residents (always have, always will). Labour, under Corbyn at least, does seem to want substantive change in the lives of those who have been ignored by the majority of the Westminster elite. Whether Corbyn will ever get the chance to bring about that substantive change depends on how rigged the system is against him winning an election – Right-wing media bias, smear campaigns springing up whenever he looks popular and in danger of overtaking the Tories in the polls and a Blairite rebellion to destabilise Corbyn’s leadership simply because they don’t like Corbyn and view Blair a messianic figure (despite the fact that he continually lied to Parliament to take us into an illegal war and made this country America’s lapdog).


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