Thurrock Council Leader welcomes devolution letter from Deputy Prime Minister

16 July 2024
Responding to a letter from the new Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government inviting proposals from councils regarding devolution, Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, said:
“I was delighted to receive such an early indication of the new Deputy Prime Minister’s clear commitment to pushing power out of Whitehall to the regions, acknowledging that councils are best-placed to drive the kind of inclusive economic growth that our communities want and need.

Young musicians take to the stage for Thurrock's Junior Music Festival

12 July 2024
Students from Thurrock Primary Schools were joined by singers from the Royal Opera and Ballet House as part of a special collection of performances for the 25th anniversary of Thurrock’s Junior Music Festival.
Over 1,120 children, aged seven to 11, sang various songs including rock, pop and opera over three days of evening performances at The Civic Hall in Grays.

Thurrock Council remembers Srebrenica

11 July 2024
Thurrock Council’s Mayor and leader raised a flag and held a minute’s silence today as they joined the borough’s Srebrenican community in remembering the terrible events of the 1995 genocide, commemorated those that lost their lives and celebrated the resilience shown by survivors as they established new lives in Thurrock.

Developer fined for leaving a mess in East Tilbury

10 July 2024
A housing developer has been forced to pay thousands of pounds in fines and costs after leaving an unsightly mess at the The Lawns development site, in Coronation Avenue, East Tilbury, which he has planning permission to build 18 homes on.
Tom Ingleton, Director of Ingleton Luxury Homes Ltd, pleaded guilty to not complying with a legal order to tidy the site issued to him over a year ago by Thurrock Council when he appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on Tuesday 9 July.
He has to pay £3,400 personally and an additional £3,492 as director of the house building company.

Food Waste collections extended across all of Thurrock

10 July 2024
Following resident feedback Thurrock Council has decided to roll out weekly food waste collections across Thurrock early, with food bins and caddies being delivered over the next few weeks.
The boroughwide rollout extends a successful pilot, which has been running in nearly 200 roads, to all houses in Thurrock.

LGBCE launches next stage of consultation for council wards in Thurrock

9 July 2024
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its proposals for the new pattern of local electoral wards in Thurrock as part of its Boundary Review for consultation with local people and other stakeholders.  
Their proposed new boundaries for electoral wards in the borough aim to ensure that councillors are distributed equally across the borough and that wards are based around recognised local neighbourhoods so that all residents feel fairly represented.  

Dartford Crossing tunnel closures

3 July 2024
Work to re-waterproof and resurface the bridge carrying the M25 anti-clockwise carriageway between Junction 31 (Lakeside) and Junction 30 (A13) is scheduled to take place throughout summer 2024.
The first stage of this work is set to begin this weekend. One of the northbound Dartford Crossing tunnels and several lanes between the Dartford Crossing tunnel exits and M25 Junction 30 (northbound/anti-clockwise) will be closed from 8pm, Saturday 16 July to 10am, Sunday 7 July, for essential maintenance and repairs.

Service update - food waste collections

28 June 2024
Over the next few weeks, more homes across Thurrock will receive food caddies and outdoor food bins as weekly food waste collections continue to roll out across the borough, following recent pilots.
From 1 July 2024, residents across the borough will begin receiving their new indoor food caddy for the kitchen and a lockable outdoor food waste bin. It will take nearly 6 weeks to deliver bins and caddies to every house in the borough. Residents should put their first food waste out on their normal bin day, the week after they receive their bin.

Thurrock flies flag for Armed Forces Day 2024

24 June 2024
Military groups and veterans joined Cllr Kairen Raper, the Mayor of Thurrock to raise the Armed Forces Day flag outside the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays on Monday 24 June.
Representatives from the Royal Airforce Association, Royal British Legion, Far East Veterans Association and the Ambulance and Police services were all in attendance as Cllr Raper raised the flag.
The service began with a parade to the flagpoles led by local piper, Jo Goddard who played a rendition of 'Wings', a traditional marching song.

Have you spotted the Start Thurrock D-Day bus?

20 June 2024
You might have seen the special D-Day Start Thurrock bus, wrapped with the winning entries from the recent Thurrock Museum D-Day art competition around Thurrock.
The bus is on the 44, 73 and 83 routes, driving from Lakeside to Grays, Tilbury and Chadwell St Mary and is part of our D-Day 80th anniversary commemorations.