Council steps in to halt unauthorised work

15 May 2020
Thurrock Council has taken decisive action to halt unapproved work which was taking place in Biggin Lane, Grays, with officers issuing a Temporary Stop Notice to site operators today (Friday 15 May). It follows a multi-agency investigation, which has been on-going since early March, to tackle issues at the site and prevent operators removing sand without permission.

Frequency of garden waste collections increases

15 May 2020
Thurrock Council is pleased to announce that it is re-introducing a fortnightly garden waste service for all avid gardeners in the borough.
The council's reintroduced garden waste collections will increase in frequency from monthly to a 2-weekly schedule, ensuring that every home in the borough has garden waste collected fortnightly. This will help residents who are enjoying their gardens and gardening at this time of year and especially when even more time is being spent at home.

Good news as Linford tip is back in business

13 May 2020
Residents in Thurrock can once again use the Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) from Monday 18 May under strict social distancing rules, following the site's temporary closure due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Thurrock Council's HWRC on Buckingham Hill Road, Linford, will reopen for waste or recycling which cannot be stored safely at home. Restrictions will be in operation and residents are urged to use common-sense and only visit the site if absolutely necessary.

Stanford station upgrade one step closer

13 May 2020
Thurrock Council’s Cabinet member for regeneration, Cllr Mark Coxshall, is pleased to confirm that long-awaited Stanford station improvements are a step closer with the purchase of land opposite the site.

A13 road closure this weekend

13 May 2020
A section of the A13 beneath the Orsett Cock roundabout will be closed for a number of upcoming weekends to enable the next phase of works to be completed safely.
The first takes place from 9pm on Friday 15 May until 5am on Monday 18 May. Traffic will be diverted via the exit and entry slip roads.

Voluntary Sector Development Fund opens

12 May 2020
A new fund has opened for small grant applications to help voluntary and community sector organisations survive post-coronavirus (COVID-19) and continue supporting Thurrock's residents.

A13 works remain essential to economic recovery

11 May 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet member for regeneration, Cllr Mark Coxshall, has reconfirmed the economic importance of the A13 road widening scheme.
The A13 corridor is a vital part of the region's transport network. The road widening project continues to be rated as providing high value for money, with final costs estimated to be £115 million to £120 million.

Consider fostering and make a difference

11 May 2020
Local foster carers in Thurrock make a huge difference to the lives of the borough's children and young people by opening their home and family to a child who needs one.
Foster Care Fortnight, running from Monday 11 May to Sunday 24 May 2020, is a national campaign to raise the profile of fostering, its benefits and how it transforms the lives of children and young people.
Cllr James Halden, Cabinet member for children's services, said: "Thurrock Fostering are always looking for more foster carers who can care for those most in need, it's such a rewarding thing to do.

Commemorating VE Day on Friday 8 May

5 May 2020
Thurrock Council will mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on Friday 8 May with a number of private tributes and virtual events.
The Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Terry Piccolo, will lay a wreath at Stanford-le-Hope War memorial and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Sue Shinnick will lay a wreath at Grays War Memorial at 11am on Friday. Due to government advice on social distancing, both these occasions will be private and not open for members of the public to attend.

New initiative aims to inspire residents' creativity at home

4 May 2020
Thurrock Council and Stronger Together Thurrock are calling on residents to share their lockdown arts or cultural activities to help communities keep physically and mentally active.
The new online portal, Stronger Together Thurrock Arts and Culture, launched on Monday 4 May and aims to provide fun and stimulating activities for residents to make, watch and learn in isolation at home.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "We have seen some marvellous examples of what people are doing up and down the country and now it is time for Thurrock to shine.