Additional support for small businesses and the self-employed

23 November 2020
Thurrock Council will help small businesses with a £3.5 million grant scheme launched today, designed to help those that have not been eligible for other grants.
The Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary) has been created by Thurrock Council, using Government funding, to help smaller businesses which have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions and work from home or provide services from rented halls or other similar premises.

Reckless party organisers will face consequences

4 November 2020
The organisers of a party at the Pilgrims Lane traveller site could now face fines and possible eviction from the site as a result of their reckless and dangerous decision to invite more than 50 people to a party on the evening of Saturday 31 October.
Residents at the site had previously assured police officers that they had abandoned plans for the party when they were seen erecting a marquee on Friday afternoon. Instead they moved the marquee to a location where they hoped it wouldn't be spotted and pressed on with their scheme to host the illegal event.

Statement from Leader on lockdown announcement

2 November 2020
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "I’m sure everyone will be disappointed to hear about the national lockdown. The collective efforts of people across Thurrock have kept us in Tier 1, and although it is very clear that whilst most people are complying with the rules, the disease is spreading nationwide.

Private and online tributes to lead Remembrance commemorations

21 October 2020
Thurrock residents are encouraged to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day privately this November with commemorations at home. 
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "I understand how important marking these occasions are to Thurrock's residents, but it needs to be done in a different way this year as everyone continues to play their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus.

Thurrock remains at Tier 1 Medium local COVID alert level

16 October 2020
Thurrock will remain at the lowest Tier 1 Local COVID Alert Level of Medium while neighbouring Essex County Council and London boroughs go into Tier 2 High alert restrictions from tomorrow (Saturday 17 October).
This means residents living in Thurrock will need to continue to follow national social distancing guidance, including the rule of six, and remember to follow 'hands, face, space' advice.

Leader's concern at Essex County proposal to escalate COVID-19 restrictions

13 October 2020
Thurrock Council Leader, Councillor Rob Gledhill, has criticised Essex County Council's request to the Secretary of State for Health that they be put into a higher local COVID-19 alert category immediately.
Their actions could have far reaching implications for Thurrock's businesses and residents, who may also be forced into the higher category of restriction because of this request despite the fact that Thurrock has the 126th lowest rate of infection out of 149 local authorities nationwide.

Leader responds to local COVID-19 alert level

12 October 2020
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has responded to speculation in the local media about the local COVID-19 alert levels and made clear the position for Thurrock.
Cllr Gledhill said: "Thurrock has the 126th lowest rate of infection out of 149 local authorities nationwide, therefore the government’s announcement today that we are in Tier 1 – Medium alert level is wholly appropriate for us based on the current evidence.

Hard work of council staff highlighted in report to Council

1 October 2020
Significant achievements across core services and the dedication of council workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have been highlighted in a report presented to Full Council.
The report, delivered by Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for central services and communities, showcased the work of services across her portfolio.

Action to take to stop the spread of COVID-19

1 September 2020
Everyone in Thurrock needs to play their part to stop the spread of coronavirus. COVID-19 infection rates in Thurrock are low compared with the rest of the country, but it is important that all residents know what action to take to keep this rate down.