Success in selection to take part in housing development pilot

29 January 2021
Thurrock Council is one of only 3 UK councils to succeed in being selected to test a new pilot scheme aimed at unlocking development opportunities for delivering much-needed housing with small and medium enterprise (SME) builders.
The council is taking part in the initiative, launched by Local Partnerships, until March 2021. It is primarily aimed at stimulating house building with smaller, local businesses and supporting the local economy as it recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tributes of remembrance for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

27 January 2021
Thurrock Council will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January with online tributes from school children, councillors and the Thurrock community.
A special pre-recorded video will be shared on the council's social media channels to enable Thurrock to come together virtually and pay respects to those who suffered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Council and fire service aim to boost fire safety

25 January 2021
Residents of council-managed properties are being reminded to clear communal spaces of clutter, which can be a fire hazard.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet member for housing, said: "Keeping our residents safe is our priority at all times, and in the wake of the tragedy at Grenfell a number of legislative changes have been introduced. We have reviewed safety measures around managing communal areas and sought advice from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Freeport bid could help secure 20,000 jobs

19 January 2021
Thurrock Council's Cabinet has unanimously backed a bid to create a Thames Freeport that could see new skills academies and more than 20,000 new jobs. Cabinet agreed to support the submission of the Thames Freeport bid to government at its meeting on Wednesday 13 January.
A joint bid by DP World and Forth Ports in partnership with Ford could see a Thames Freeport, with Thurrock at its heart, attract billions in private sector investment over the next 25 years.

Local Council Tax Support protected during pandemic

19 January 2021
Full Council next Wednesday (27 January), will hear plans to maintain Thurrock Council's Local Council Tax Support Scheme, providing additional stability for Thurrock residents that benefit from the scheme, during the uncertain times caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTS) provides Thurrock residents of working age and who meet the criteria with an opportunity to reduce their council tax bill by up to 75%.

Injunction prevents unauthorised development in Chadwell

15 January 2021
Thurrock Council has obtained an interim injunction which prevents unauthorised occupation and development at a site in Sandy Lane, off Biggin Lane, Chadwell St Mary.
The injunction was served on Friday afternoon (15 January) following an investigation and numerous site visits by council planning enforcement officers and Essex Police.

Cabinet approves Active Place Strategy

15 January 2021
Thurrock Council's Cabinet has approved the Thurrock Active Place Strategy, which will aid decision-making around future development for open spaces, sports facilities and sustainable routes under the Local Plan.
The strategy, which covers all things sport, will help inform how each area can be improved, increased and delivered as the Local Plan progresses.

Forecast borrowing reduced by over £350million

15 January 2021
Thurrock Council is proposing to reduce its approved borrowing levels over 3 years by more than £350million.
The reduction in borrowing reflects the pause to the council's investment approach, something which was anticipated to happen over time but will now happen quicker. The new levels also provide the ability to fund infrastructure projects critical to the local and national recovery, however, which will benefit Thurrock's residents and businesses.

Annual report highlights strong housing performance

15 January 2021
Significant improvements in tenant satisfaction and a successful council homes capital improvement programme are just two of the ways council tenants are continuing to benefit from a strong performing housing service.

Public urged to avoid flooded roads

14 January 2021
Thurrock council is urging residents to avoid flooded roads and pathways after heavy rainfall and high-tides caused flooding in the Stanford-le-Hope and Bulphan areas today.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "While no-one should be going out unless it is absolutely essential, I would urge those that have to travel to make sure that they avoid the areas affected by flooding as much as possible and under no circumstances drive or walk into standing water.