Thurrock marks International Women's Day and commits to Remember Srebrenica

8 March 2021
Thurrock Council is using this year's International Women's Day (IWD) not only to highlight the achievements of women around the world but also to make an official commitment to 'Remember Srebrenica'.
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "On Monday 8 March we proudly celebrate IWD and this year's theme of #ChooseToChallenge, which asks us to continue challenging gender bias and inequality in the community whilst celebrating women's achievements to help create a fully inclusive world.

Thames Freeport bid successful

3 March 2021
A bid backed by Thurrock Council to create a Thames Freeport that will deliver transformational change across the entire borough, create thousands of new jobs and see unprecedented investment has been successful following a government announcement today (3 March).
The joint bid by DP World and Forth Ports in partnership with Ford and Thames Enterprise Park will see a Thames Freeport, with Thurrock at its heart, attract billions in private sector investment over the next 25 years.

A13 closure from Friday 5 until Monday 8 March

2 March 2021
The A13 will be closed in both directions between the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 (Stanford-le-Hope) this weekend to demolish Horndon Bridge safely.
The closure takes place from 9pm on Friday 5 March until 5am on Monday 8 March. Drivers are advised to avoid the area where possible and measures will be put in place to help keep local traffic on the move.
Local traffic will be diverted via the A1013 Stanford Road. Non-local traffic should avoid the A13 and use alternative routes such as the A127.

More than 92% of pupils offered a top 3 school preference

1 March 2021
More than 92% of pupils who are expected to begin secondary school in Thurrock this September have been offered one of their top 3 school preferences.
Offers announced today (Monday 1 March) have revealed that 92.4% of students will be able to attend one of their top choices, an increase from 88.4% in 2020.
Over three quarters of pupils (77.1%) will be able to attend their first choice of school – up from 72.1% in 2020.

Libraries reopen for order and collect service and essential computer use

26 February 2021
Libraries across Thurrock will reopen on Monday 1 March in line with government guidance, offering residents a limited order and collect service and essential computer use.
The libraries in Grays, Aveley, Belhus, Blackshots, Chadwell St Mary, Corringham, East Tilbury and Tilbury will operate under reduced hours and have measures in place to keep residents and staff safe.

Thurrock Council and Essex Police team up to tackle council tax fraud

25 February 2021
A joint partnership between Thurrock Council and Essex Police to tackle council tax fraud is a success following tough action earlier today (Thursday 25 February).
The multi-agency partnership was deployed at 10:30am this morning to a Buckles Lane site in order to ascertain if residents were paying Council Tax.
In total, 13 caravans were inspected during the 2-hour operation that also saw a vehicle seized for not having insurance.

Council approves financial plans allowing greater focus on adult social care

25 February 2021
Thurrock Council has set a balanced budget for the next year, meaning that services residents use and depend on are budgeted for until the end of March 2022.
An increase in council tax of 1.99% and a 3% increase on the adult social care precept have been approved to help ensure that social care and services to help those hit hardest by the adult-centric, once-in-a-hundred year, health crisis, are protected.

Final properties handed over at Claudian Way

23 February 2021
Twenty-two Thurrock households have been given the keys to high-quality, affordable council homes in the final handover phase of Thurrock Council's Claudian Way development.
The keys to the remaining council homes at Chadwell St Mary were handed over to Thurrock residents this month, as part of the council's £32million investment in new council homes for affordable rent for people on the borough's housing register.

Last chance to register for housing development pilot

19 February 2021
Small, local builders are encouraged to register to take part in a pilot scheme unlocking housing development opportunities with Thurrock Council before applications close in 2 weeks' time.
The initiative, launched by Local Partnerships, will close on Friday 5 March 2021. It aims to provide support to small, local businesses during the planning application process and offer eligible businesses the chance to work with the council delivering high-quality housing within the borough.