For those drivers who regularly have to endure the A13 as it passes through the eastern end of Thurrock and who wonder when the f**k the widening will ever be completed, here’s an explanation for the delays: Thurrock Council forced to search for more money after overspending on the A13. The kicker is the designs for the project and the associated land studies weren’t fully completed before work on the project started.

Does that sound like a familiar scenario from somewhere not very far from where the A13 is being ‘widened’? Yes, because the ‘re-development’ of the railway station at Stanford-le-Hope is behind schedule because of unanticipated cost over-runs and not having a fully worked up and costed design before the sodding station was demolished! This is the last post we wrote on this farce: Thurrock Council – time to own your screw ups! Other, earlier posts are referenced in this one…

Oh yes, there are still issues with the ‘temporary’ lights at the junction of the A1013 and Buckingham Hill Road that feel they’re a long way from ever being resolved just to add insult to injury…

It’s not too hard to see a pattern emerging here. Senior officers who are not up to running and monitoring infrastructure along with ruling group Tory councillors who seem strangely reluctant to hold them to account.

Given that all the above are in either the Orsett or Stanford West wards, particular mention has to be given to the following Tory councillors – Cllr. Barry Johnson and Cllr. Susan Little who represent Orsett and Cllr. Shane Hebb and Cllr. Terry Piccolo who represent Stanford West. They need to do their job by putting the senior officers responsible for these fiascos under pressure, and above all, give the hard pressed residents in the area an explanation of what the f**k is going on and a long overdue apology. If they’re not willing to do this, they need to take a serious look at themselves…

As we’ve said more times than we care to remember, it’s no surprise that turnouts at local elections in Thurrock are around the 30% mark. When people see elected councillors and council officers treating them with contempt, they’ll rightly turn their backs on the sham that’s local ‘democracy’.

Lastly, this is the council that wants to extend their civic offices in New Road, Grays and think they can get it done for £10million. Given Thurrock Council’s abysmal record at managing infrastructure projects, if any one still thinks they can deliver this extension on time and within budget, could you let us know what you’re smoking so we can try some?