LOCAL Councillors have been told that the electronic gates protecting sheltered housing complexes in their wards are under threat of removal.
The gates, currently protecting elderly residents, need to be updated or replaced but due to the cost, Conservative led Thurrock Council have told ward Councillors they want them removed instead.
In recent calls, they were told the proposals to remove the key security measures for some of the most vulnerable residents in Thurrock was due to lack of money.
Councillor Victoria Holloway, whose residents are affected by the proposals at Rookery Court, West Thurrock, said “I’m truly appalled that the Tories would even think about removing security from our older people, let alone taking proposals forward.
“Crime and anti-social behaviour is still a real issue in Thurrock. It causes residents a great deal of anxiety and these gates prevent some of these worries. This is absolutely unacceptable and I’ve said clearly that gates should be repaired and maintained.”
Labour’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor Lynn Worrall said “The Tories are at it again. The mere suggestion this should happen is out of order. We are responsible for protecting older people not removing their security”
“We have raised concerns about the management of the council finances and the fact this is happening due to a lack of money is extremely worrying. Security of our older residents should be an absolute priority and I am calling on the Tories running Thurrock Council to scrap these plans before they go any further.”