News

Community stars shines bright

26 February 2018
Winners of the 2018 Thurrock Civic Awards were announced on Friday evening (23 February) at a black-tie event held at the Civic Hall, Grays.
During the ceremony we heard stories of Thurrock people and organisations who have dedicated their time and efforts to their local community and made a positive contribution to the borough. 

A13 cleaning update

22 February 2018
Thurrock Council's street cleansing and grounds maintenance teams are starting work to tidy up Thurrock's section of the A13.
This work will be carried out from Green Acres up to the Five Bells interchange. It will start on Monday 26 February and continue until Thursday 1 March, taking place overnight to reduce disruption to traffic. Working closely with Kier – the contractors who have been appointed to widen the A13 – the council will cut back the vegetation on verges and remove all litter where it is safe to do so.

Second World War shell to go on display in Purfleet

21 February 2018
The shell of a British Second World War anti-tank round which was found in Grays last week is set to go on display at Purfleet Heritage and Military Centre.
The 6lb solid shot round is thought to date from around 1940. It was the ammunition used by our forces' Quick Firing 57mm anti-tank guns.
The round was originally unearthed in Oliver Way, Grays last Tuesday. Thurrock Council has secured the return of the shell, which will soon join the collection at Purfleet Heritage and Military Centre in Centurion Way.

Discretionary scheme launched to support local businesses

20 February 2018
Designed to help businesses who have suffered increases in rate liability following revaluation, a new scheme is set to assist Thurrock businesses who have been worst affected.
The most recent revaluation came into effect in England and Wales on 1 April 2017, resulting in some businesses' bills increasing whilst others decreased.

Notice of Election, 22 March

15 February 2018
The Returning Officer for Thurrock Council has published the Notice of Election for the Ockendon by-election today (Thursday 15 February).
The poll will be held on Thursday 22 March and polling stations will open from 7am to 10pm.
Nominations to stand as a candidate for the Ockendon by-election close at 4pm on Friday 23 February 2018.
Polling cards will be delivered to all eligible electors in Ockendon on the Electoral Register.
Polling stations this year are:

Thurrock pupils win the name the freighter competition

15 February 2018
Thurrock Council will shortly receive 28 new bin lorries to replace its current ageing fleet. Thurrock primary school children were invited to enter a competition to name the new vehicles.
Pupils of participating schools were asked to colour in the bin lorry picture provided and to suggest an imaginative and appropriate name.

A1089 work continues to disappoint

15 February 2018
During the latter part of last week, Highways England – through their contractor, Connect Plus – has been undertaking some grounds maintenance along the A1089 in Tilbury.
As a result of cutting back the hedgerows three metres away from the highway, litter and trimmings have been shredded with 'tonnes' of rubbish left to blow across Thurrock and its roads.

A quarter of a billion pound package on improving Thurrock

14 February 2018
Thurrock Council's Cabinet heard last night (Wednesday 7 February) that the Capital Spending Programme will be designed and implemented to help make residents, businesses and visitors even more proud of Thurrock.
Portfolio Holder for Finance, Cllr Shane Hebb spoke after the meeting and said: "The report tonight gave a good overview of how Thurrock is really investing in the borough. In the period between 2017/18 and 2020/21, over £240m will be ploughed into tangible improvements for the benefit of the community."

Great British Spring Clean returns to Thurrock

14 February 2018
Thurrock Council is once again backing a national campaign to get half a million people out and about tidying up their local communities between 2 and 4 March 2018.
The Great British Spring Clean is the UK's largest ever community clean-up and Thurrock Council is supporting groups who want to take part this year.

Fly-tippers fined and more Fixed Penalty Notices given in Thurrock

14 February 2018
Three fly-tipping cases in Grays and Tilbury have resulted in Thurrock Council issuing three Fixed Penalty Notices worth £400 each or £1200 in total.
As part of the council's 'Clean it, Cut it, Fill it' initiative, council enforcement officers are continuing to take a tough approach.
Alleyways next to William Street in Grays and Christchurch Road in Tilbury were subjected to the dumping of household waste. Council enforcement officers supported by local residents were able to provide evidence of dumping and identified the perpetrators allowing fines to be issued.