Major milestone on horizon with new A13 lanes to open

29 April 2022
At 5am on Monday 2 May, work to widen the A13 will reach a major milestone as the newly-created third lane will open to traffic in both directions between the Stanford-le-Hope and Orsett junctions.
This is a key step towards finalising the work, which is part of the A13 Road Widening Project. On completion there will be an additional lane in both directions between Stanford-le-Hope and Orsett, 4 new bridges and improvements at the Orsett Roundabout to help manage traffic flow.

Find out about Fostering for Thurrock during Foster Care Fortnight

28 April 2022
Do you know someone who could care for a child and Foster for Thurrock? If you, or your family, have thought about a vocation helping children, some or all of the time, then fostering could be for you.
Foster Care Fortnight 2022 will take place from Monday 9 May through to Sunday 22 May. It is the UK's biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, organised by the Fostering Network. This year's theme is Fostering Communities.
Thurrock Fostering are holding a number of online and in-person events during this time, giving you the chance to:

Extra capacity to help get waste collections back on track

27 April 2022
Extra capacity has been added to Thurrock Council’s household waste service to catch-up missed collections and help the service get back on track as quickly as possible. This follows disruption caused by oil protests and operational issues.
To further support the service to catch-up, waste collections will take place this Saturday and again on Bank Holiday Monday. Residents should leave uncollected bins out on Saturday and take their bins out for collection on the usual day next week, even on Monday 2 May.

Innovative injunction to prevent fuel protests in Thurrock

25 April 2022
Thurrock Council has taken significant steps to prevent further disruption in the borough by securing a ground-breaking injunction which prevents protestors blocking roads or impeding vehicles at key fuel terminals in the borough, giving police the powers to quickly and effectively move on anyone attempting to block these sites which are key to national supply.

Extra capacity will help household waste collections get back on track

23 April 2022
In order to address the issues in the waste service caused by recent oil protests as well as operational factors, 14 vehicles and crew were out in many parts of the borough today (Saturday 23 April).
On Monday 25 April, the waste service will be working to the normal collection day, so if your normal collection is on a Monday then the crews will attempt to collect that day. Where there have been missed bins and delays, additional capacity is being added to the service in order to catch up as quickly as possible.

Council taking action to improve waste collection service across the borough

22 April 2022
Thurrock Council apologises unreservedly to those households in Thurrock who have seen disruption to their waste collection – this has been below the high standards residents should rightfully expect and the standards the council sets itself in delivering this service.
The recent Just Stop Oil protests caused some significant delays in bins being collected, with waste crews unable to gain access to the depot on a number of days. In addition, operational factors have further impacted the effective delivery of the service in some areas of the borough.

Championing COVID-19 facts and the vaccine

22 April 2022
Community Health Champions have been out in the borough this month to encourage communities to visit vaccination clinics and have the COVID-19 vaccine.
Thurrock Council is working in partnership with Thurrock CVS to deploy the Community Health Champions, also referred to as Community Vaccine Champions.

Primary school places announced for September 2022

19 April 2022
Figures released today, Tuesday 19 April, have revealed that the vast majority of children across Thurrock will receive one of their top 3 primary school choices for the September 2022 academic year.
Similar to last year’s results, from the 2,344 applications received this year over 96% of children will have been offered one of their top three places.
A total of 98.3% of primary school places were applied for online, an increase from 97.8% in 2021.

Candidates announced for local elections 2022

5 April 2022
Local election nominations for councillors have officially closed and the names of all candidates standing for election in Thurrock on Thursday 5 May have been released.
Details of candidates running can be found on the Thurrock Council website at
Polling cards have been delivered to eligible electors giving details of their polling station and how to apply for a postal or proxy vote. Polling hours on Thursday 5 May are from 7am until 10pm.

Statement to clarify misinformation on new Civic Offices building

29 March 2022
As the new Civic Offices building is nearing completion, Thurrock Council would like to take the opportunity to correct some misinformation which has been published about the building and associated costs.
The new Civic Offices building is not yet complete and the building has not yet opened. The building work is expected to come in on budget at £9.8million. Reports that estimate the cost of building work to be £26million are entirely incorrect.