New leadership outlines full financial position for first time

29 November 2022
A report going to next week's Cabinet meeting will outline the council's current financial position and provide details of the full extent of the challenge it faces for the first time.
The report shows that the council faces a grave financial situation this year (2022/23) with expected investment losses totalling £275.4 million and a further £129.2 million being set aside to repay investment debt contributing to a total in year funding gap of £469.6 million, before mitigation.

Support for local community events to spread Christmas joy

24 November 2022
Thurrock Council is supporting multiple Christmas community events taking place this November and December across the borough.
The council, working in partnership with Thurrock Community and Voluntary Services (CVS), has provided funding to the Small Sparks Festive Fund. This fund aims to support projects or events during the festive season including:

Mayor switches on the lights in Grays

23 November 2022
The festive period has officially begun in Thurrock as Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr James Halden, was joined by local school children to switch on the lights in Grays High Street.
On Tuesday 22 November, the Mayor along with local school children from Quarry Hill Academy switched on the Christmas lights in Grays High Street, lighting up a 4.5m (15ft) Christmas tree and living tree lights.
Cllr Halden said: "I'm delighted to have switched on the lights with pupils from Quarry Hill Academy and brought some festivity to Thurrock ahead of the holiday period.

Thurrock Music Education Hub offers range of classes

23 November 2022
Thurrock Music Education Hub offers a range of exciting classes and ensemble groups for young people and adults who are interested in developing their musical skills.
Ensemble groups – including Thurrock's own 'School of Rock' – and Thurrock Youth Orchestra come together each week and are free to take part in:

Give a Gift returns to support Thurrock children

17 November 2022
Thurrock's Give a Gift is back for a seventh year, collecting Christmas presents for Thurrock children who are most in need to bring them a little sparkle on Christmas morning.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children and Education: "We understand that it is a difficult time for many, now more than ever with the cost of living challenges, but we are asking for your generosity to help those children for whom Christmas can be a difficult time of year in Thurrock. A small contribution will make a big difference."

Statement on Toucan Energy Holdings 1 entering administration

11 November 2022
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "Yesterday I decided to agree to support Toucan Energy Holdings 1 (TEH1) entering into administration.
"This is a positive move forward in enabling Thurrock Council to resolve its financial position and maximise recovery for Thurrock residents. The solar farms held by Toucan continue to generate income and as the primary creditor Thurrock Council will be able to seek to recover the value of investment.

Panto season arrives with side-splitting Beauty and the Beast

10 November 2022
Panto season arrives in Thurrock this December with a hilarious edition of Beauty and the Beast, starring Thurrock's favourite Dame, Luke Coldham as Dame Dolly Doughnut.
Tickets are now on sale for showings from 2 December 2022 through to 8 January 2023 and start from just £9 per person. The original show is suitable for residents of all ages, with an autism friendly, relaxed performance available for those wishing to enjoy a calmer experience.

Warmth grant for eligible households and private landlords

2 November 2022
Thurrock Council is working with an Essex-wide energy partner called Warmworks to help eligible households in the borough become more energy efficient.
To be eligible for the scheme, either your home must be rated as Energy Performance Certificate E, F or G, or you must have a household incomed below £30,000.
Cllr Luke Spillman, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "This is a wonderful offer for those living in properties who are eligible and help for private landlords, the funding is a grant that does not have to be repaid.

Spooky family ride is a hit in Chadwell St Mary

28 October 2022
Ghosts, skeletons and monsters have been seen in Chadwell St Mary taking part in a Halloween Family Ride, organised by Thurrock Council's Road Safety cycling team.
More than 25 children and adults joined in the free Halloween cycle ride on Wednesday 26 October starting outside the Pyramid Resource Centre, Chadwell St Mary. Two routes were offered enabling scooters, cyclists, walkers and friends, family members or participants using wheelchairs to take part in the spooky fun.