Towns Fund puts youth at forefront of Tilbury transformation

18 March 2021
Young people in Tilbury can benefit from 'a home away from home' at Tilbury Youth Centre, with new recreational equipment and wi-fi, thanks to accelerated funding from the Tilbury Towns Fund Board.
The fast-tracked £500,000 funding was provided to the board in November 2020 and divided between projects in Tilbury, as part of the government's £3.6billion Towns Fund.

Huge step forward for Purfleet-on-Thames regeneration

18 March 2021
Transformational plans to regenerate Purfleet-on-Thames have taken another substantial step forward as Thurrock Council complete on phase 1a legal documents to kick-start works. 
Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited (PCRL), in partnership with Thurrock Council, is delivering a £1billion regeneration project that will transform Purfleet-on-Thames into a desirable riverside destination.

Joint bid to make Thurrock's streets safer

17 March 2021
Thurrock Council, Essex Police and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex are working together on a bid to help make Thurrock's streets safer and cleaner.

Open call for Tilbury funding applications

17 March 2021
Organisations that support residents into work are being encouraged to apply for funding through the Tilbury Community-led Local Development (CLLD) programme.
In total, £500,000 is available from the fund to be distributed among organisations that aim to support residents living in Tilbury St Chads ward and Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park ward who are unemployed and face considerable barriers getting into work. All grant applicants will need to secure equivalent match funding.

Towns Fund kick-starts Grays play area regeneration

15 March 2021
Exciting works to rejuvenate Grays Beach Riverside Park are well under way thanks to a significant contribution from the Grays Town Fund Board – part of the ongoing multi-million pound transformation of Grays, following investment from the government and Thurrock Council.
Under the government's £3.6billion Towns Fund, an accelerated cash injection of £750,000 was provided by the board last November and divided between multiple projects in Grays. This funding was offered alongside investment from the council to help transform the area.

Thurrock foster carers given full council tax exemption

12 March 2021
From April 2021, foster carers in Thurrock who foster with Thurrock Council will be exempt from paying any council tax – a saving of £1,600 a year for the average band D property.
This new benefit has been championed by Thurrock Council and is available to Thurrock foster carers, as an enhanced offer to recognise the love and care they provide to Thurrock children.

Free school meals for vulnerable children to continue throughout Easter

12 March 2021
Thurrock Council is set to use additional government funding to prioritise free school meals for the borough's most vulnerable children this Easter.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for education, said; "Over two weeks last December and throughout the February half term this year, we supported vulnerable children across the borough with free school meals. Looking ahead, I am pleased to announce that we are once again prioritising this funding for these children throughout the Easter break this April.

Memorandum of Understanding with Basildon Council agreed by Cabinet

11 March 2021
Thurrock Council's Cabinet has agreed to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Basildon Council which confirms their intention to work more closely when proposing future governance arrangements for the boroughs.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "I need to be clear from the start, this is not a merger as some will try to have you believe. We know that the south west Essex area is alive with opportunity, it is the beating heart of the Essex economy and a major player in linking London with the rest of the country and the rest of the world.

Backing Thurrock gains Cabinet support

11 March 2021
Thurrock Council's roadmap for recovery, resilience, and growth has been agreed by Cabinet (Wednesday March 10).
The 'Backing Thurrock Strategy and Action Plan' sets out actions that will help the council to strengthen and grow the economy through supporting major strategic projects such as the Thames Freeport, improving skills within the workforce, helping businesses to become more productive and competitive and delivering economic infrastructure. It is therefore a key element of the council's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

£25million plans submitted to transform Grays

10 March 2021
Grays is one step closer to securing up to £25million of government funding to accelerate the regeneration of the town by reconnecting it with the river, improving the station gateway, and creating a brand new beach destination and maritime activity centre.
Grays Towns Fund Board submitted once-in-a-lifetime plans to transform the town into the leisure heart of Thurrock, making Grays a healthier and more attractive place to live, work, learn and play.