Thurrock Council

Thurrock Council
Third of council elected three years out of four

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Coat of arms
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1974
Preceded by Thurrock Urban District Council
New session started
25 May 2016 (Municipal year 2016/2017)
Cllr Robert Gledhill, Conservative
Since 25 May 2016
Cllr Cathy Kent
Since 25 May 2016
Opposition Leader
Cllr Graham Snell, UKIP
Since 25 May 2016
Seats 49 councillors
Joint committees
East of England Local Government Association
17 / 49
17 / 49
14 / 49
Independent Group
1 / 49
Last election
2012 (one third of councillors)
2014 (one third of councillors)
2015 (one third of councillors)
2016 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2018 (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. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

map of electoral wards


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:


Thurrock is divided into 20 wards and elects 49 councillors. The council comprises (as of 7 May 2016):[1]

Affiliation Councillors
Conservative Party 17
Labour Party 14
Independent 1

Prior to the Thurrock Council election, 2015 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.[2]

The Borough has electoral wards:


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:[3]

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 the largest groups. Conservative controlled administration 2016-present

See also

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


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