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.

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.