Thurrock Council coronavirus response update

17 March 2020
Thurrock Council continues to follow national government guidance and expert public health advice while putting business continuity plans into place to make sure critical services are delivered whilst still adhering to clear advice on social distancing.

£75million for Purfleet-on-Thames regeneration

17 March 2020
Plans to regenerate Purfleet-on-Thames have taken another massive step forward after the Chancellor announced £75m Housing Infrastructure Funding for the development as part of his budget this week.
The Housing Infrastructure Fund provides £2.3billion of government grants to help regeneration in key areas across the country.
Thurrock Council submitted the bid in 2018 working with their development partner Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd (PCRL). Together they plan to create a vibrant new Thames-side community in Purfleet-on-Thames, including:

Council response highlights issues with Lower Thames Crossing

17 March 2020
Thurrock Council has set out its concerns that Highways England’s current proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing route could do Thurrock considerable community, environmental and economic harm in its response to their most recent consultation.
The council’s response says that current proposals will sever existing communities, could cost the local economy more than £200m, and will cause additional air and noise pollution in the borough.

Council to test preparedness for the potential impact of coronavirus

13 March 2020
Following a speech by the Leader of Thurrock Council at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 11 March, the council will be testing its preparedness for the potential impact of coronavirus COVID-19 through its business continuity plans.
On Tuesday 17 March, some council officers will be working remotely where possible to test the technical elements of the continuity plans.

A13 closure from Friday 13 March to Monday 16 March

11 March 2020
As works progress to widen the A13, drivers are reminded of a series of weekend and overnight closures needed so the next phase of the project can be completed safely.
This weekend's closure is from 9pm on Friday 13 March until 5am on Monday 16 March.
The road will be closed between the A128 junction (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 junction (Stanford-le-Hope) with a diversion via the A1013 Stanford Road.

Council wins bronze at Public Sector Transformation Awards

11 March 2020
Thurrock Council's Adult Social Care team won the bronze Community Focus award for their micro-enterprise scheme at the Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise (iESE) Public Sector Transformation Awards last week, Wednesday 4 March.
As part of their transformation programme, Adult Social Care initiated the micro-enterprise scheme with the aim of increasing the choice of support, care and health-related services for local residents.

Residents invited to hear how feedback shaped plans for homes in South Ockendon

10 March 2020
Following a number of public consultation events for housing developments in South Ockendon, Thurrock Council is now inviting residents back to see how proposals have been revised in response to their feedback.
The proposed housing developments are on the site of the former Culver Centre and Culver Field off Daiglen Drive. Residents that took part in the consultation provided clear and constructive feedback, engaging with the council to help shape initial proposals.

Joint operation targets anti-social parking in Tilbury

9 March 2020
Thurrock Council has teamed up with Essex Police to crack down on anti-social parking behaviour in Tilbury.
Operation Bargo took place on Monday 2 March in response to residents' concerns about inconsiderate parking on Lansdowne Road, Tilbury, and reports made by parents who were unable to drop-off their children at school safely. It tackled:

Council targets graffiti in Tilbury

6 March 2020
Thurrock Council has launched a targeted campaign tackling graffiti in Tilbury.
Operation Balina commenced on Tuesday 3 March initially focusing on Calcutta Road following feedback from local residents who highlighted the impact graffiti was having on the quality of life of those who live, work or travel in the area.
Within the first 36 hours of activity the team took the following action:

More students offered top choice secondary school

3 March 2020
More than 88% of pupils who are expected to begin secondary school in Thurrock this September have been offered one of their 3 top school preferences.
Results announced today (Monday 2 March) have revealed that 88.4% of students will be able to attend one of their top choices, an increase from 87.9% in 2019.
Nearly three quarters of pupils (72.1%) will be able to attend their first choice of school – up from 71.2% in 2019.