New primary school and nursery to be built in Aveley

10 June 2022
Planning permission for the construction of a new, government-funded primary school and nursery in Aveley has been approved.
Harrier Primary School, which is due to be built on land adjacent to the A13 and Love Lane in Aveley, was agreed at Planning Committee on Thursday 9 June.
The new school will provide spaces for up to 420 prospective primary students and 52 nursery places. An open date of September 2023 is currently targeted, with a reception class of 30 pupils. The admission of new pupils will then increase year-on-year until the school has filled each year group.

Thames Enterprise Park planning permission unlocks 5,500 Thurrock jobs

10 June 2022
Thames Enterprise Park, one of the largest brownfield regeneration projects in the southeast of England, has reached a significant milestone after gaining planning permission last night (Thursday 9 June 2022).
The council-backed development will bring new economic life into the former Coryton oil refinery site that closed in 2012, creating up to 5,500 new jobs and adding more than £350million per year to the economy, snowballing to more than £3.5billion over the first 10 years of operation.

Young people receive Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Buckingham Palace

8 June 2022
Five young people in Thurrock attended a Buckingham Palace garden party in May to celebrate completing their gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE).
The award scheme, which has been running since 1956, encourages young people aged 14 to 24 to take part in a number of activities to develop their personal, physical and volunteering skills in preparation for adult life. Participants progressed through their bronze and silver awards before culminating in the gold award, as part of Thurrock Council's DofE licence.

Innovative new council building paves way for ambitious regeneration

8 June 2022
Today (Wednesday 8 June), Thurrock Council officially opened the doors to the ground floor of its new £9.8million Civic Offices building.
The contemporary 3-storey building, which will be delivered on budget, has been designed firmly with energy-efficiency in mind, showing the council's commitment to sustainability, lowering its environmental impact and kick-starting huge regeneration plans across Grays.

Education Awards finalists announced after record nominations

7 June 2022
The finalists of this year's Thurrock Education Awards have been announced following more than 500 nominations from young people, parents and colleagues across the borough.
A total of 44 individuals and teams have been shortlisted across 11 award categories, with winners due to be announced at a special awards ceremony on Friday 8 July.

Fuel protest injunction extended until May 2023

6 June 2022
An innovative injunction which prevents protestors from blocking roads and vehicles at key fuel terminals and filling stations in the borough has been extended to May 2023.
The interim injunction was granted on 25 April 2022 following weeks of protests at oil terminals that saw Essex Police make 461 arrests and cost Essex Police, Thurrock Council and other partners more than £1million.

Owner reunited with his ring thanks to Tim and team

1 June 2022
A grateful man has thanked Thurrock Council Cemeteries Operative Tim Stock after he found and returned his wedding ring which had fallen off when he was visiting the burial site of a loved one in Chadwell Cemetery.
After fruitlessly searching all around the memorial, the distraught man – who once lived in Thurrock but now lives in Southampton – thought that he had lost his wedding ring of 48 years for good. However, Tim scoured the area and was able to find the ring, get in touch with the man who was staying in a nearby hotel, and reunite them.

Horndon Bridge renamed for Platinum Jubilee

1 June 2022
Horndon Bridge – a footpath and bridleway linking the village of Horndon on the Hill with Stanford-le-Hope – has been renamed in tribute to The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Today (Wednesday 1 June) the Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr James Halden, was joined by the Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and External Affairs, Cllr Mark Coxshall, to cut the ribbon and unveil the name plaques of the officially renamed Platinum Jubilee Bridge.

New Stanford-le-Hope Station images released ahead of work starting

31 May 2022
New images of Stanford-le-Hope railway station – including wider platforms, new canopies, and a footbridge with lifts – have been released, giving residents a sneak peak of what's to come ahead of spades hitting the ground later this year.
The artist impressions feature modern canopy structures designed to create an inviting space that maximises visibility as far as possible and provide areas that feel open and safe.

Friendship Club re-launches and celebrates the Platinum Jubilee

30 May 2022
Thurrock Council has today (Monday 30 May) re-opened the doors of the Friendship Club, following a 2-year break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The event was also an opportunity for those who use the Friendship Club to come together with the service and celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Cream teas were enjoyed, as were activities in the garden, performances from the Friendship Club Choir, and the official re-opening of the centre.