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.

COVID-19 testing for everyone who cannot work from home

11 January 2021
Thurrock Council is urging all those who are still attending a workplace to get a free COVID-19 test as soon as possible, even if they do not have any symptoms.
From Tuesday 12 January testing kits will be available to pick up at East Tilbury library, Chadwell library and Belhus library. Testing for those without symptoms will also be available at drive through test sites in Corringham, Tilbury and Grays.

Thurrock businesses receive more than £940k in just two days

6 January 2021
Thurrock Council has helped local businesses impacted by restrictions access more than £940k of support since the government announced the latest support package yesterday (Tuesday 5 January), bringing the overall total amount to £25.5millon since the start of the pandemic.
So far 131 local businesses who have registered their details for business support grants have received their payments. The first 100 were paid on Tuesday 5 January and a further 31 on Wednesday 6 January.

Draft budget published for financial year 2021/22

6 January 2021
Thurrock Council has published its draft budget for 2021/22, showing a balanced budget for the forthcoming year despite the direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The budget position is possible due to government grant support and resilience in council finances, notably the enlarged reserves position built from the council’s investment approach.
In line with the government's Spending Review 2020, Thurrock Council's Cabinet will hear recommendations for a 3% Adult Social Care precept increase, and a 1.99% council tax increase.

New national lockdown announced for England

4 January 2021
A new 'stay at home' national lockdown has been announced by the government.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "Tonight's announcement means that everyone must stay at home, which means only leaving your house or being outside of your home when absolutely necessary, such as when shopping for essential necessities or exercising. School children in Thurrock will continue to receive their education online over the coming weeks.

Council Leader calls on residents to fight new strain of coronavirus

22 December 2020
With Thurrock now having the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in the country, Council Leader Cllr Rob Gledhill is calling on residents to make sure they are doing all they can to slow the rate of infection and to protect each other and the NHS.
Cllr Gledhill said: "The situation in Thurrock is now more serious than it has ever been and we all need to play our part to stop the spread of infection and protect the NHS.