Construction paves way to boost affordable homes

21 March 2023
Works continue to progress at a site in Loewen Road, Chadwell St Mary, which is being transformed into 4 affordable homes for Thurrock residents.
Thurrock Council appointed chartered building contractor, Marfleet and Blyth, in August 2022 to replace a single house with 4 new 3-bedroom homes, as it continues to help meet the affordable housing needs of the borough.
Demolition started in October last year. Works completed to date include the foundations and groundworks and installation of fencing to the rear boundary.

Managing Director Commissioner joins Thurrock Council

21 March 2023
Dr Dave Smith arrived in Thurrock today to take up the role of Managing Director Commissioner of the council. The new appointment was announced last week by the government's Minister for Local Government and Building Safety. This is part of the expansion of the ongoing intervention at Thurrock Council led by a Commissioner team from Essex County Council.
Dave said: "Thurrock Council is facing some of the greatest challenges ever faced by a local authority, and the scale of the task ahead should not be underestimated.

Collaboration brings new goalposts for young people

20 March 2023
Children and young people showed off their skills at a mini football tournament and during football-related activities to celebrate the installation of new goalposts at a South Ockendon park.
On Saturday 18 March, young members of the community came together to enjoy a kick-around at Bonnygate Park. They were joined by Thurrock Council's Resident Engagement and Parks Engagement Teams, representatives from Mears and Huws Gray, Cllr Qaisar Abbas, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities, Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet Member for Environment, and Cllr Paul Arnold.

Pre-schoolers and volunteers launch Great British Spring Clean

17 March 2023
Volunteers and nursery school children have kicked off the Great British Spring Clean 2023 in Thurrock.
On Friday 17 March, volunteers at Aveley Community Hub, 7 nursery-age children with nursery staff, and local volunteer litter-pickers joined Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet Member for Environment, and Aveley ward Councillor, Cllr Maureen Pearce to get the national campaign’s fortnight of activities underway.

Youth Cabinet promotes Youth Music Survey

17 March 2023
Working in partnership With Thurrock Music Education Hub, Thurrock Youth Cabinet is asking young people in the borough aged 11 to 18 years-old to have their say and complete a youth music survey.
Lionel Mazithulela, Member of Youth Parliament for Thurrock Youth Cabinet, said: "On behalf of Youth Cabinet, I would like to encourage all young people to complete this short survey. This is our chance as young people to input into future activities the Music Education Hub could offer in Thurrock."

Over £2.25m improvement and maintenance for Thurrock roads

15 March 2023
Thurrock Council's road improvement programme will help to create safer roads and neighbourhoods as well as increasing electrical vehicle charging points in the coming year.
A report approved at Cabinet this evening (Wednesday 15 March) sets out plans on how the council will use a £979,000 Department for Transport (DfT) Integrated Transport Block grant (ITB) to fund a capital programme for improving the borough's road network.

Proposed site agreed for tower blocks demolition and redevelopment

15 March 2023
The proposed site area for developing proposals for the future of the Blackshots Tower Blocks were agreed at Cabinet this evening, Wednesday 15 March.
These plans include the demolition and re-development of the three 11-storey tower blocks – Keir Hardie House, Bevan House and Morrison House – on the Blackshots estate in Grays.
Cllr Luke Spillman, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "This is another great step forward for the redevelopment of the Blackshots Tower Blocks, which is long overdue.

Thurrock celebrates Commonwealth Day 2023

13 March 2023
Thurrock Council joined institutions and groups across the world today, Monday 13 March, to raise the flag for Commonwealth Day.
The annual celebration of Commonwealth Day proudly unites 54 countries – almost a third of the world's population – in recognising and honouring the values that the Commonwealth upholds.
The event was attended by The Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr James Halden, and Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Deborah Arnold.

Rejuvenated community space offers residents a home from home

8 March 2023
Residents and their families at 3 council-owned tower blocks in Chadwell St Mary are benefiting from a newly improved community room and brand-new community pantry initiative, thanks to a collaborative partnership between Thurrock Council and Kensa Contracting.

International Women's Day at Thurrock Council

8 March 2023
Thurrock Council is celebrating International Women's Day with a week of staff learning that recognise the main theme of Embrace Equality.
Cllr Deborah Arnold, Deputy Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "Thurrock Council wants to lead by example and that is why we are celebrating International Women's Day by hosting a week of staff learning around embracing equality.
"In all that we do we want to make sure that women and girls have the resources and opportunities they need to achieve equality of outcome.