Action continues against unlawful site

12 June 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet member for regeneration and strategic planning, Cllr Mark Coxshall, confirms unlawful works taking place in Biggin Lane, Grays, have been stopped indefinitely as the council continues to take decisive action against site operators.
A Stop Notice has been issued to the occupiers, which will come into effect on 13 June and requires the permanent cessation of all unapproved activity and will prevent operators removing sand without permission. This is further supported with an Enforcement Notice what will also come into effect in early July.

Leader urges all to stay alert ahead of shops reopening

12 June 2020
Thurrock Council's Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, is urging everyone to respect social distancing guidance when travelling to or visiting the high street as non-essential stores are set to reopen on Monday 15 June.
Cllr Gledhill said: "Our high streets and shopping areas are at the heart of our communities and I am pleased that residents will be able to return to their local shops to kickstart the high street back in to business as the pandemic lockdown eases.

A13 full weekend closure, 12 June to 15 June

12 June 2020
A section of the A13 between the A128 junction (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 junction (Stanford-le-Hope) will be closed this weekend to enable the next phase of works to be completed safely.
The closure takes place from 9pm on Friday 12 June until 5am on Monday 15 June and traffic will be diverted via the A1013 Stanford Road. Non-local traffic should use alternative routes such as the A127 and M25.

Encampments being moved on during pandemic

10 June 2020
Thurrock Council continues to work with unauthorised encampments to make sure they can be moved on across the borough, in a way which is compassionate, understanding and safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "During this time it is vital that we continue to manage unauthorised encampments using interim injunction procedures and make sure nobody is put at unnecessary risk, while considering any impacts on the local community."

Vehicle seized following fly-tipping offences

9 June 2020
A prolific fly-tipper from Corringham has been forced to pay £1,460 and had their vehicle seized after being caught for a series of fly-tips around Thurrock.
Thurrock Council's Environment Enforcement officers acted on reports of fly-tipping and successfully tracked down the offender on the morning of Monday 8 June with Essex Police. The offender's large van was seized.
One of the original fly-tipping offences occurred in Howell Road in Stanford-le-Hope on Monday 18 May.

Residents urged to behave responsibly outdoors

5 June 2020
Following the relaxation of government lockdown restrictions on Monday 1 June, Thurrock Council is reminding residents to take care of the borough's parks when visiting them.
Cabinet member for environment, Cllr Aaron Watkins, said: "We're pleased to see that residents have been making the most of Thurrock's parks while following social distancing guidelines and keeping two metres away from others.

Motorists reminded of A13 closure, 5 June to 8 June

4 June 2020
A section of the A13 beneath the Orsett Cock roundabout will be closed this weekend to enable the next phase of works to be completed safely.
The closure takes place from 9pm on Friday 5 June until 5am on Monday 8 June. Traffic will be diverted via the exit and entry slip roads.

Working with residents to shape Thurrock housing ambitions

3 June 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Barry Johnson, has announced that Derry Avenue and the Humber Avenue/Garron Lane sites will no longer be considered as possible locations for development following resident feedback.
Cllr Johnson said: "I can confirm that Thurrock Council will no longer explore the possibility of developing housing on Derry Avenue and the Humber Avenue/Garron Lane sites.

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action is here to help

2 June 2020
Whilst some lockdown restrictions are easing, Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA) continues to offer help and support to vulnerable residents in the borough.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "Whilst we recognise that some lockdown restrictions are starting to lift, there are still residents who are being contacted by the NHS in regards to shielding. I urge those who have recently received a text or letter from the NHS to say they are in the shielding category, to please sign up for support as soon as possible if they need it.

Council meetings available online

2 June 2020
Thurrock Council will take advantage of video conferencing technology to enable certain council meetings to take place while ensuring social distancing rules are strictly followed.
Meetings will be held either: