Last night, opposition members voted to refuse the plans to proceed to move forward with the building of new Council offices, whilst selling off the existing public assets.
In their heartfelt pleas, they urged members of the Council to defer the decision to move forward with the project in the current uncertain economic climate.
However, despite all the efforts of the main opposition groups (Lib Dems, Rochford District Residents & Greens), the Conservative group remained steadfast that the project was still ‘relevant’ despite changes to working practices and warnings from industry experts that many similar projects had now been delayed until there was more certainty. The continued to vote to approve the officer’s recommendations. Both independent opposition members (Cllr Burton & Cllr Wilkinson) from the Wheatley ward were absent from the meeting.