Support for businesses, sports clubs and community groups

27 March 2020
Thurrock Council has agreed to offer local businesses, sports clubs and community groups extra support by agreeing to defer rental payments to those that rent their premises from the council. 
Following the announcement earlier this week that the council is deferring all business rate bills a month from April, it has now announced that it will defer all rental payments for the business and clubs that rent from Thurrock Council for the first quarter (April to June). Invoices will still be issued and these organisations can still make payments should they wish.

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action launching

26 March 2020
Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action will launch on Friday 27 March.
Thurrock Council in partnership with Stronger Together, Thurrock CVS and other local organisations are working together to safely coordinate support to residents in need and to help make sure voluntary work is carried out in a safe and co-ordinated way across the borough.

Services affected by coronavirus – 25 March 2020

25 March 2020
Thurrock Council is making changes to some services as it continues to follow national guidance on managing coronavirus.
Following resident feedback, some changes will be made to the way waste is collected to help ensure a regular collection can be maintained. The week commencing Monday 30 March will see the last brown bin collections until further notice.
During the week commencing Monday 30 March:

Businesses reminded of new opening rules for shops

25 March 2020
Thurrock Council is reminding shops and hospitality businesses in the borough of the importance of closing their premises to comply with government rules on social distancing.
Under new rules all non-essential businesses must be closed to the public.
Lists of businesses that must remain closed, and exceptions that can stay open, are online at GOV.UK: businesses and premises to close.

Thurrock Council measures following the prime minister's announcement

24 March 2020
Thurrock Council has immediately implemented measures to help enforce social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus and protect the most vulnerable members of our community following the Prime Minster’s announcement yesterday evening.
With immediate effect, and until further notice, council-managed buildings will be closed to the public. The Civic Offices in New Road, Grays has closed to residents today.
All community hubs and libraries are now closed including:

Thurrock Council Business Support

23 March 2020
Thurrock Council will be playing its part in helping the borough's businesses as they face uncertainty caused by coronavirus by deferring all business rate bills a month from April until May.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance said: "We will be working with the government to make sure that Thurrock businesses will get all the help and support they can from the welcome package of measures which have been announced by the government.

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.