Purfleet outline planning application given the green light

26 April 2019
Proposals to transform Purfleet have taken a big step forward after an application for outline planning permission was granted  by Thurrock Council's Planning Committee last night (Thursday 25 April).
Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited's proposals will help transform mainly brownfield sites in Purfleet into a new community, including:

Thurrock Council up for Local Authority of the Year

23 April 2019
Thurrock Council is in the running to be named Local Authority of the Year after it was revealed as one of the top five finalists in The Municipal Journal (MJ) Local Government Achievement Awards 2019.
A judging body shortlisted Thurrock for the prestigious award alongside the London Borough of Redbridge, London Borough of Waltham Forest, North East Lincolnshire Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Museum announces tour winners

18 April 2019
Iron Age minted coins, a clock and medal, and a women's war uniform have been named Thurrock's favourite artefacts in a public vote. 
Earlier this year, Thurrock Museum invited residents to decide which 3 historical items out of a shortlist of 10 best illustrated Thurrock’s rich heritage. A total of 340 votes were cast online, in libraries and at Purfleet Community Hub. 
Results were as follows:

Thurrock Council welcomes progress at old State Cinema site

18 April 2019
Plans to develop the site of the old State Cinema on George Street are taking a step forward this month, with remedial works on the building due to begin later in April.
Thurrock Council welcomes this progress towards the development of a modern bar by JD Wetherspoons in the heart of Grays, which will create an estimated 60 new jobs.
The development will form a key element to the improvement and regeneration of Grays Town Centre.
For more information on plans for regeneration in Grays, go to

Primary school admissions places see positive results

17 April 2019
Figures released this week show that 95% of Thurrock children have been offered their first or second choice of primary school for the new September 2019 academic year.
Compared to 2018 primary admission results, there were an additional 163 applications for a primary school place this year with 98% completing their application online at

Gritting ends for another year

16 April 2019
Gritting crews in the borough have hung up their boots until the next outbreak of chilly weather, after Thurrock Council officially declared the end of another gritting season.
Environment and Highways teams completed 40 gritting runs using 1,001 tonnes of rock salt during low temperatures between Tuesday 30 October 2018 and Wednesday 3 April 2019.

Here comes the Magic!

16 April 2019
Reawaken your sense of wonder with a unique magic and illusion show which is coming to the Thameside Theatre in Grays.
MAGIC! The Tour, starring accomplished magicians JezO and Doctor Bondini, is set to hit the stage on Saturday 4 May.
The magical duo have travelled the UK and beyond with their dazzling individual shows, and now collaborate on a show very much for today.
Bondini is known for his grand illusions, spellbinding storytelling and retro style of beautiful magic, while JezO is the master of mayhem and side-splitting comedy magic.

Cast your vote in the 2019 local elections

10 April 2019
Thurrock Council is urging residents to have their say and make sure they are registered to vote before Thurrock goes to the polls on Thursday 2 May.
In order to cast a vote, residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to apply to register is fast approaching and will close at midnight on Friday 12 April. Registration takes just 5 minutes online at or call the council elections office on 01375 652 816.

Council election candidates announced

4 April 2019
Local election nominations for councillors have officially closed and the names of all candidates standing for election in Thurrock on Thursday 2 May have been released.
Details of candidates running can be found on the Thurrock Council website at
Polling cards have been delivered to eligible electors giving details of their polling station and how to apply for a postal or proxy vote. Polling hours on Thursday 2 May are from 7am until 10pm.

Blue badge offenders given criminal record

3 April 2019
Two road users in Thurrock have ended up with a criminal record after using a blue badge they were not entitled to use.
On Monday 1 April, separate hearings at Basildon Magistrates Court saw Chris Morrison, previously of Campsey Road, Dagenham, and Naeem Khalid of Ruskin Road, Grays, plead guilty to displaying blue disability badges that were not theirs.