|Type||Non-metropolitan district and county council of Thurrock|
|Leader||John Kent, Labour|
|Mayor||Yash Gupta, Labour|
|Voting system||First past the post|
|Last election||3 May 2012|
|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.
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. 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
Since 1997 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control – Conservative-led administration||2007–2010|
|No overall control – Labour-led administration||2010–2012|
|Labour||2012 – present|
Thurrock, the area with Borough status which this Council administers.