News

173 much-needed new homes approved

30 September 2021
Thurrock Council reached a significant milestone as planning permission is granted for 173 new homes in South Ockendon to help to meet the demand for new high quality and affordable homes in the borough.
The former Culver Centre and Culver Field will be developed to include a mix of 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments, and 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom houses. The 4.5 hectare site will also feature improved public open space, communal amenity space, and cycle parking.

Safer Streets off to a great start in Grays

21 September 2021
In the first few weeks of the new Safer Streets scheme in Grays, the council's Community Engagement Officers have hit the ground running, playing a key role in the arrest of a drug dealer and the jailing of a prolific shoplifter.
Increased enforcement in the town centre as a result of the scheme has also seen 28 Fixed Penalty Notices issued in connection with littering, fly-posting and the Public Space Protection Order for street drinking offences.

Thurrock Council calls on landlords to help with Afghan resettlement

21 September 2021
As part of the government's Afghan citizens' resettlement scheme, Thurrock Council is working to identify suitable properties for families who have fled from Afghanistan.
Cllr Luke Spillman, Cabinet member for housing, said: "In Thurrock we have a proud history of helping those who are vulnerable and in need. I'm strongly in support of working with the government to help provide homes for families who have had to leave their homeland of Afghanistan to escape persecution or death.

Engagement continues on new cultural and heritage strategy

17 September 2021
Working in partnership with local groups and residents, the council will lead the development of a new and innovative strategy to promote greater community participation and more opportunities to create, engage and experience culture, arts and heritage in Thurrock. The council has begun a process of engagement with residents and local groups to co-design and co-produce a new cultural strategy to ensure arts, culture, and heritage thrives across the entire borough.

Next steps to help financially literacy following Fair Debt Summit

15 September 2021
Thurrock Council is starting to expand plans to rollout lessons on budgeting and money management to pupils and adults entering their working lives, building on the work of the Fair Debt Summit.
Members of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee heard that after the pilot in 2019, the scheme has been forced to go on hold due to coronavirus, but plans are now being built on the initial successes to expand the scheme to more young people and adults through Thurrock Adult Community College.

Mayor to recognise COVID-19 community stars

13 September 2021
The Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Sue Shinnick, is seeking nominations for a special Certificate of Recognition which will be given to those in the borough who have gone above and beyond to help their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cllr Shinnick said: "I want to recognise the incredible impact and generosity of individuals, community, voluntary and faith groups and local businesses who have helped support Thurrock residents during the pandemic. This help could be for lots of people or just one person.

Persistent parking offenders to have their vehicles seized

10 September 2021
Thurrock Council's Parking Team will soon seize and remove the vehicles of persistent parking offenders and those whose inconsiderate parking creates a hazard, blocks disabled parking bays or causes traffic issues, thanks to a decision made by Cabinet on Wednesday 8 September.
Cllr Ben Maney, Cabinet member for highways, said: "Our officers issue fines to motorists that break parking rules but in some cases we need to take stronger action.

Report highlights successes as restrictions ease

9 September 2021
Thurrock Council's Cabinet heard that the more than 77% of its targets were met or exceeded between April and June this year.
Cllr Jack Duffin, Cabinet member for central services, presented the report. He said: "It's fantastic to see that despite the fact that there were still restrictions in place and many of our services were still greatly impacted by COVID-19, the council still delivered on more than three-quarters of our performance targets – a marked increase from 66% in the same quarter of 2020.

Have your say on Lower Thames Crossing proposals

7 September 2021
Thurrock Council is urging residents not to miss out on the opportunity to have their say on the latest Highways England's Lower Thames Crossing consultation which comes to a close at midnight on Wednesday 8 September.
The Community Impacts Consultation details the latest Highways England plans for the Lower Thames Crossing, including how they propose to reduce impacts on the borough's residents and the environment, along with information on the legacy benefits they plan to create.

Thameside Theatre and Thurrock Museum set to reopen

3 September 2021
Thameside Theatre and Thurrock Museum are reopening their doors in September, allowing visitors to enjoy performances and collections including the much loved festive panto celebrations. Thameside Theatre will reopen on 7 September and Thurrock Museum will reopen on 14 September.