Thurrock Council

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Thurrock Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of arms
Type Unitary authority council of Thurrock
Houses Unicameral
Term limits None
Founded 1 April 1974
Preceded by Thurrock Urban District Council
New session started 22 May 2013 (Municipal year 2013/2014)
Leader John Kent, Labour
Since 22 May 2013
Mayor Tony Fish
Since 22 May 2013
Seats 49 councillors
Joint committees East of England Local Government Association
25 / 49
21 / 49
Independent Group
2 / 49
1 / 49
Voting system Plurality-at-large
Last election 2010 (one third of councillors)
2011 (one third of councillors)
2012 (one third of councillors)
Next election 2014 (one third of councillors)
2015 (one third of councillors)
2016 (one third of councillors)
Secundum Tamesim Quovis Gentium
Meeting place
Civic Offices, New Road, Grays

Thurrock Council is the local council for the borough of Thurrock in Essex, England. Since 1997, Thurrock is a unitary authority, combining the functions of a non-metropolitan county with that of a non-metropolitan district. The other such authority in Essex is Southend-on-Sea. One further Council of the 16 in the Thames Gateway development area enjoys unitary responsibility, Medway. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

map of electoral wards


Thurrock is divided into 20 wards and elects 49 councillors. The council comprises:

  • 25 Labour Party members, 21 Conservative Party members, 2 Independent members and 1 UKIP member.[1] One third of the councillors are elected in each of three years out of a four-year cycle. As of May 2012 Thurrock Council is controlled by Labour, obtaining a majority on the council for the first time since 2004.

The Borough has electoral wards:

  • Aveley and Uplands, Belhus, Chadwell St Mary, Chafford and North Stifford, Corringham and Fobbing, East Tilbury, Grays: Riverside and Thurrock wards, Little Thurrock: Blackshots and Rectory wards, Ockendon, Orsett, South Chafford, Stifford Clays, Stanford East and Corringham Town, Stanford-le-Hope West, The Homesteads, Tilbury: Riverside and Thurrock Park, and St Chads wards, West Thurrock and South Stifford.


Thurrock District Council was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the Thurrock District on 1 April 1974. It replaced Thurrock Urban District Council, which governed a slightly larger area including part of Basildon New Town and had been formed in 1936 as an amalgamation of Grays Thurrock Urban District Council, Purfleet Urban District Council, Tilbury Urban District Council, and Orsett Rural District Council including associated parish councils; a result of the Local Government Act 1929. The council received borough status, permitting the council to be known as Thurrock Borough Council. It was originally constituted as non-metropolitan district council in a two-tier arrangement, sharing service provision with Essex County Council. As a result of the 1992 Local Government Commission for England on 1 April 1998 Thurrock absorbed the powers of Essex County Council for its area, becoming a unitary authority. The planning function for large developments was exercised by the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation in the whole of the borough from 2003 to 2012. The development corporation was absorbed by the council on 1 April 2012.

Summary election results[edit]

Since 1997 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Labour 1997–2004
Conservative 2004–2007
No overall control – Conservative-led administration 2007–2010
No overall control – Labour-led administration 2010–2012
Labour 2012 – present

See also[edit]

Thurrock, the area with Borough status which this Council administers.


  1. ^ "Councillors". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Thurrock". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2009.