Make your voice heard on the Lower Thames Crossing

14 July 2020
Thurrock Council is urging residents to make sure they take part in Highways England’s latest public consultation on their Lower Thames Crossing proposals.
Running from 14 July until 12 August 2020, this is the third round of consultation on plans to build a major highway through Thurrock as part of a proposed new Thames river crossing.
The consultation follows design refinements made as a result of previous consultation feedback and ongoing scheme development work, which takes technical constraints into account. The proposed changes include:

Thurrock streets are cleaner than ever

10 July 2020
A recent inspection by Keep Britain Tidy has found that all areas of the borough, including parks, town centres and streets are cleaner and clearer than ever with inspectors finding only 3.67% of sites they visited in the borough had litter on them, meaning over 96% did not.
On top of this they found:

The future shape of local government – statement

10 July 2020
In response to the recent speech by Simon Clarke MP, Minister for Local Government, on the future shape of local government Cllr Rob Gledhill, Chair of ASELA and Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "ASELA – the Association of South Essex Local Authorities – welcomes the news as set out by Simon Clarke MP in relation to changing the way powers can be better devolved to councils. As Leaders across the south Essex region, we have spent 3 years looking at how working together across existing local government boundaries will help us deliver improved infrastructure and economic growth.

Social care report highlights strengths during ongoing pandemic

9 July 2020
A report presented at a meeting of Full Council yesterday evening (Wednesday 8 July) has highlighted a number of strengths across Thurrock Council's children's and adults social care services, whilst recognising the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Thurrock Council well-prepared for future financial uncertainty

9 July 2020
Cllr Shane Hebb announced yesterday (Wednesday 8 July) at a Full Council meeting that financial resilience reserves have increased from £8m in 2016, to £18.5m in 2020, and that the focus now must be on everyone working together to deliver the best possible solution for Thurrock post-COVID-19.
Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet member for Finance, Cllr Hebb said: "We have always said that we needed to fix the roof while the sun is shining, this is exactly what we have done and it has allowed us to put Thurrock into a strong financial position before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Waste crews working hard in tough circumstances

8 July 2020
As more people understandably work from home, Thurrock is experiencing the nation-wide trend of increasing waste tonnage, which has impacted household waste collections in the borough.
Cllr Aaron Watkins, Cabinet member for environment, said: "Extra pressures created by coronavirus mean that our waste collections are not operating as they normally would. With residents working from home, or furloughed, we are seeing a significant rise in the amount of waste households are producing.

Thurrock observes Srebrenica Memorial Week

8 July 2020
Srebrenica Memorial Week sees communities across the UK commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide where over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered, simply because of their faith, on 11 July 1995.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "I would like to ask residents to reflect on the genocide and how their actions can have an impact on our communities. The theme for this year is every action matters and seeks to show how the action of one individual does matter, however small it may initially appear.

29 new council homes for Thurrock residents

8 July 2020
Thurrock Council has handed over the keys to 29 much-needed high-quality council homes for Thurrock residents.
Alma Court is an award winning development that has transformed the former Tops Club site in Grays, providing high quality social housing that is sustainable and fitted-out to a top specification, with generous space standards for residents to enjoy.

Action taken on unauthorised vehicle movements in Stanford-le-Hope

6 July 2020
Enforcement action taken by Thurrock Council could see companies who continue to drive HGVs and lorries on residential streets during anti-social hours taken to court.
HGVs and lorries have been causing significant disruption to residential streets near a Stanford-le-Hope industrial estate outside the permitted hours of 7am to 7pm. Despite notices being served in December last year, continued out-of-hours movements of vehicles leaving and heading towards an occupier on Stanhope Industrial Estate in Wharf Road have sparked further complaints from residents living nearby.

Residents and officers thanked following flooding

6 July 2020
This morning, Sunday 5 July, a flood under the railway bridge on Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope was reported to Thurrock Council, resulting in the road being shut until approximately 5pm.
The flooding was a result of mechanical failure within the water pumps following a power cut during the previous afternoon. Due to the constant flow of water, which built-up and caused the flooding on the road, the pumps could not be accessed by specialist contractors to fix them until the road was cleared.