Terry Hipsey Defection: New Leader Garry Hague Reacts

IN A SHOCK STATEMENT made last night (Wednesday 25th March) Tory Councillor Terry Hipsey has announced that he has quit his post as Leader of Thurrock Council – and that he has crossed the floor to become a Labour Councillor. The announcement, issued during a chaotic and at times farcical full Council Meeting, flew in […]

Stanford Backbencher: Cllr Eddie Hardiman

FOR many backbench councillors a typical day can be about quietly and modestly serving the needs of the constiuents in their ward. No fuss and no press! One such councillor is Stanford-le-Hope’s Eddie Hardiman who in many ways embodies the role of the local councillor. Two weeks ago, we had filmed him campaigning against Polio. […]

Community Involvement Showcase

VOLUNTARY, Community and Faith groups from across the borough came together to showcase their work at Thurrock Council Offices. YourThurrock spoke to just a small selection of the vast number of groups that are clearly working hard to nurture and extend a sense of community in Thurrock.

Terry Hipsey: Not For Turning

BY ALL ACCOUNTS, the massed ranks of the Tory faithful had turned up to bury Caesar and then to praise him. Then, Council Leader Terry Hipsey surprised everyone by declaring that Terry was not for turning and was about to take on the challenges of the Audit Commission head-on and move Thurrock on to a […]

John Kent: Opposition Leader Calls for Leader To Resign

THURROCK LABOUR LEADER John Kent has reiterated his call for the Leader of Thurrock Council Terry Hipsey to stand down. In this interview, Cllr Kent answers Cllr Hipsey’s criticisms of the Labour Group over past performances, economic record and the Corringham Traders Meeting “set up”. Cllr Kent’s comments come as another Interim Chief Executive has […]

Angela Smith/ Andrew MacKinlay: Concerns on Audit Commission

Exclusive interviews with Angela Smith and Andrew Mackinlay South Basildon and East Thurrock MP calls for urgent talks with Council Leader over damning Audit Commission report. MP Andrew Mackinlay slams a “hopelessly out of touch” Thurrock Council as well as demanding that Environment Agency has its backside kicked. BOTH THURROCK MP’s have expressed their deep […]

Angela Smith Slams “Clueless” Council

South Basildon and East Thurrock MP, Angela Smith has branded Thurrock Council as “clueless” on the controversial plans to impose car parking charges in Corringham Town Centre. Speaking on Friday in the town, Angela Smith clearly delivers the message that she fully supports the traders and will ensure that the plight of small businesses in […]

Thurrock Citizens Advice: Breakdown with Council

INITIALLY, this article was to publicise the new free phone number for Thurrock CAB. It is now 0844 826 9689. In a time of economic crisis it’s shocking to hear that the relationship between CAB and Thurrock Council are virtually at an all-time low. As the YourThurrock reporter arrived at the CAB office, the queue […]