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
Houses Unicameral
Founded 1 April 1974
New session started
25 May 2016 (Municipal year 2016/2017)
Cllr Robert Gledhill, Conservative
Since 25 May 2016
Cllr Tunde Ojetola
Since 24 May 2017
Opposition Leader
Cllr Graham Snell, UKIP
Since 25 May 2016
Political groups
  Conservatives: 18 seats
  UKIP: 17 seats
  Labour: 14 seats
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. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.


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.

Election results and council control[edit]

Prior to the 2015 local election, the council was run by a Labour minority administration, after the Labour Party lost its small majority at the 2014 election. Thurrock had previously been a hung council for several years after the Conservatives lost control in 2007.[1]

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 2012–2014
No overall control – Labour largest group 2014–2016
No overall control – Conservative & UKIP are equal largest groups. Conservative-led administration 2016
No overall control – Conservatives are the largest group. Conservative-led administration 2016-present


Thurrock is divided into 20 wards and elects 49 councillors. One-third of the council is elected every year on a four-year term and so elections are held in three-year blocks (e.g. in 2014, 2015, and 2016; one will not be held in 2017; then in 2018, 2019, etc.) Councillors are elected through a plurality-at-large system. There are 19[3] committees, including:

  • Cabinet
  • Corporate parenting
  • General services
  • Health and wellbeing board
  • Licensing
  • Planning
  • Standards and audit
  • Corporate Scrutiny
  • Cleaner, Greener and Safer Scrutiny
  • Children's Services Scrutiny
  • Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny
  • Housing Scrutiny

Current multi-member ward system[edit]

The borough's 20 electoral wards and corresponding representatives are:[4]

Current Thurrock wards by number
Ward Number of councillors
1. Aveley and Uplands 3 members
2. Ockendon 3 members
3. Belhus 3 members
4. West Thurrock and South Stifford 3 members
5. South Chafford[5] 2 members
6. Chafford and North Stifford 2 members
7. Grays Riverside 3 members
8. Grays Thurrock 3 members
9. Stifford Clays 2 members
10. Little Thurrock Blackshots 2 members
11. Little Thurrock Rectory 2 members
12. Thurrock Riverside and Thurrock Park 2 members
13. Tilbury St. Chads 2 members
14. Chadwell St. Mary 3 members
15. East Tilbury 2 members
16. Stanford-Le-Hope West 2 members
17. Corringham and Fobbing 2 members
18. Stanford East and Corringham Town 3 members
19. The Homesteads 3 members
20. Orsett 2 members


The Mayor is elected at the annual meeting which is held following council elections or in May in years when there are no council elections. The most recent mayors have been:

  • 2004/05 — Ian Harrison
  • 2005/06 — Colin Churchman
  • 2006/07 — Joy Redsell
  • 2007/08 — Diane Revell
  • 2008/09 — John Everett
  • 2009/10 — Maureen Pearce
  • 2010/11 — Anne Cheale
  • 2011/12 — Charles Curtis
  • 2012/13 — Yash Gupta
  • 2013/14 — Tony Fish
  • 2014/15 — Steve Liddiard
  • 2015/16 — Sue Gray
  • 2016/17 — Cathy Kent
  • 2017/18 — Tunde Ojetola[6]

See also[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Thurrock Council - BBC News" – via 
  2. ^ "Thurrock". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Committees, meetings and minutes - Thurrock Council". 
  4. ^ "Wards and polling stations". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Chafford Hundred Councillors". 
  6. ^ "Mayor of Thurrock 2017-18".