International Women's Day 2018

1 March 2018
Thurrock Council is hosting a number of events in Grays as part of International Women's Day on Thursday 8 March.
The theme of this year’s events is #PressForProgress, asking everyone to take positive action that truly drives the greatest change for women.

Road works planned for Bridge Road, Grays

1 March 2018
Bridge Road, Grays will be temporarily closed while work takes place to allow for the installation of traffic lights at the width restriction.
The road will be closed between 9:30am and 3:30pm from Monday 5 March until Saturday 31 March.
For vehicles travelling northbound, a diversion will be in place via Bridge Road, Argent Street, B189 Sherfield Road, Derby Road, A126 Orsett Road, Stanley Road, Clarence Road and A126 Bridge Road
The diversion for southbound vehicles will be via Clarence Road, B189 Sherfield Road, Argent Street, Bridge Road.

Community Environmental Development Fund launch 2018

26 February 2018
Over £300,000 is available from Thurrock Council to help local groups fund projects in their area.
The Community Environmental Development Fund is a capital fund and is open for new applications to improve street scene furniture; renew, improve or create a capital asset, or improve the appearance of the borough.
Application forms and guidance can be downloaded from
Projects must:

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.