The name of the town of Purfleet has been changed formally to Purfleet-on-Thames.
This change was agreed at a meeting of Council on 29 January 2020 (item 94). It followed a public consultation that was open from 22 July 2019 to 13 October 2019. The consultation received 185 responses, of which 84% said the name should be changed to Purfleet-on-Thames.
Before this, on 30 January 2019, a petition from 611 residents of Purfleet had been presented to Council, asking that the name of the town be changed to Purfleet-on-Thames.
What happens next
We are now making plans to change the town name of Purfleet to Purfleet-on-Thames on signs, documents, web pages and computer systems, both locally and nationally.
During the consultation, residents were concerned about the possible cost of renaming the town. Representatives of Purfleet-on-Thames Community Forum agreed that, where possible, the name change should be included in routine updates to signs and systems rather than at a separate cost.
Updates to computer systems – including national lists of postal addresses – are being planned. These are expected to take place throughout 2020/21.
There may be some delays to planned work due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Your postal address
Residents and businesses can use Purfleet-on-Thames as the town name in postal addresses.
Purfleet-on-Thames is now the correct formal name, but letters will still be delivered if 'Purfleet' is used. This already happens when 'Chadwell' is used instead of Chadwell St Mary or 'Horndon' is used instead of Horndon on the Hill.
Over the next 12 months, you may receive some letters from us that use 'Purfleet-on-Thames' and others that still use 'Purfleet'. This is simply while we avoid the extra public cost of updating all our computer systems at the same time. From April 2021, all letters should use 'Purfleet-on-Thames' instead of 'Purfleet'.
When addressing letters, it’s most important to include the correct building number or name, street name and postcode.
There will be no change to the name of 'Purfleet Road' in Aveley.