Agenda and minutes

General Services Committee - Monday, 11th October, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: The Beehive Resource Centre, West St, Grays RM17 6XP

Contact: Matthew Boulter, Democratic & Governance Services Manager and Deputy Monitoring Officer  Email:

No. Item


Minutes pdf icon PDF 416 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of General Services Committee meeting held on 5 July 2021.



The minutes of the General Services Committee meeting held on 5 July 2021 were approved as a correct record.


Items of Urgent Business

To receive additional items that the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency, in accordance with Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.


There were no items of urgent business.


Declarations of Interests


There were no declarations of interest.


Recruitment of Assistant Director Children's Services - Shortlisting

Paperwork for this item will follow under separate cover.


The Committee discussed the shortlist of candidates.


RESOLVED that two candidates be progressed to interview.


Thurrock Regeneration Limited (TRL) Progress Report pdf icon PDF 244 KB


Cllr Coxshall introduced the report stating that he would have liked to have made the recruitment process for board members quicker but the process was still well underway and progressing. It was confirmed two applicants had already applied and there was confidence more quality candidates would apply.


Cllr Kent highlighted the benefits of the Belmont Road site for housing but believed the access issues were significant and troublesome to the local community. He asked that communications with the community be sensitive and that issues were resolved effectively. It was commented that some communications would be most effective door to door than through a letter.


A discussion was had on the change of consent to the Belmont Road site and officers confirmed that Thurrock Regeneration Limited (TRL) were aware they needed to submit a new planning application and that any variations needed to be communicated to the local community.


Cllr Holloway enquired where the recruitment for board members had been undertaken. Officers highlighted trade journals and direct approaches and agreed to send the committee a list of all recruitment sources. It was confirmed that the Council could go out to recruitment again if board members were not found in the first attempt. It was important the right mix of people were found for the roles. Officers agreed to forward the results of the recruitment to the committee as soon as they were agreed and formal notification would be made at the next available meeting of the Committee.