THE leader of the Thurrock Labour group has reacted to news that intu, the owners of th eLakeside Shopping Centre has collapsed into administration.
Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council Labour Group said: “This is a major blow for Thurrock, Lakeside is a big local employer. Hopefully the threat of immediate closure can be averted.
“Lakeside has been a shopping destination for hundreds of thousands of people, not only Thurrock folk, but from far and since it opened in 1990.
“My thoughts are with the people working at Lakeside and their families plunged into uncertainty who risk losing their jobs in an increasingly weakened pandemic economy.
“These jobs are vitally important to the wellbeing of Thurrock’s economy.
“It’s at times like this local authorities can come into their own. I hope Thurrock Council will be proactive, reach out to offer help and support to those Thurrock families affected”.
We have had no word from Thurrock Council.