Thurrock remains at Tier 1 Medium local COVID alert level

16 October 2020
Thurrock will remain at the lowest Tier 1 Local COVID Alert Level of Medium while neighbouring Essex County Council and London boroughs go into Tier 2 High alert restrictions from tomorrow (Saturday 17 October).
This means residents living in Thurrock will need to continue to follow national social distancing guidance, including the rule of six, and remember to follow 'hands, face, space' advice.

Avoid the A13 road closure this weekend

16 October 2020
A section of the A13 between the A128 junction (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 junction (Stanford-le-Hope) will be closed this weekend.
The closure takes place from 9pm, Friday 16 October until 5am, Monday 19 October. Local traffic will be diverted via the A1013 Stanford Road.
During the closure, access to and from the Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre (the tip) will be through the Linford end of Buckingham Hill Road only.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area where possible. Measures will be put in place to help keep local traffic on the move.

Waste Strategy decision deferred

15 October 2020
The Waste Strategy item on the Cabinet meeting agenda for Wednesday 14 October has been deferred to allow councillors more time to research and gain a greater understanding of the highly complex information which has led to the recommendations.
Cllr Aaron Watkins, Cabinet member for environment, said: "I would like to thank the members of the Waste Management Working Group. They have done an excellent job over the last year and produced a highly detailed report about an extremely complex subject which impacts every household in the borough.

Action to manage financial situation already underway

15 October 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet, at its meeting on Wednesday 14 October, heard that work is already underway to close a £19million budget gap caused largely by the coronavirus pandemic.
As well as ensuring more is done to protect the most vulnerable members of our community throughout the pandemic, the council has also collected less revenue from business rates and council tax, so as to offer relief to hard-pressed residents and businesses.

Leader's concern at Essex County proposal to escalate COVID-19 restrictions

13 October 2020
Thurrock Council Leader, Councillor Rob Gledhill, has criticised Essex County Council's request to the Secretary of State for Health that they be put into a higher local COVID-19 alert category immediately.
Their actions could have far reaching implications for Thurrock's businesses and residents, who may also be forced into the higher category of restriction because of this request despite the fact that Thurrock has the 126th lowest rate of infection out of 149 local authorities nationwide.

Leader responds to local COVID-19 alert level

12 October 2020
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has responded to speculation in the local media about the local COVID-19 alert levels and made clear the position for Thurrock.
Cllr Gledhill said: "Thurrock has the 126th lowest rate of infection out of 149 local authorities nationwide, therefore the government’s announcement today that we are in Tier 1 – Medium alert level is wholly appropriate for us based on the current evidence.

Thurrock celebrates National Adoption Week

12 October 2020
Thurrock Council is celebrating National Adoption Week – from Monday 12 October to Sunday 18 October – by hosting an online information session for those interested in welcoming a child or young person into their lives through adoption.

Outdoor gym, fitness trails and youth club boost for Tilbury

8 October 2020
Fitness trails, an outdoor gym and a £40,000 investment in Tilbury Youth Centre are just 3 projects identified by Tilbury Town Board to kick-start the town's transformation, as part of the government's £3.6billion Towns Fund.
A lump sum of £500,000 has been received from the Towns Fund. This cash injection will accelerate investment in Tilbury and enable the board to support schemes including:

Changes to boost borough recycling rates

6 October 2020
Proposed changes to waste collections in Thurrock will help boost recycling rates while ensuring that weekly collections of food waste and dry recycling are maintained.
The changes have been recommended by the cross-party Waste Management Working Group and form part of a comprehensive Municipal Waste Strategy for Thurrock, which sets the agenda to boost recycling in the next decade.
Proposals include: