Thurrock is on the north bank of the River Thames, immediately to the east of Greater London with 18 miles of river frontage, including the ports at Purfleet, Tilbury and London Gateway.
It is also strategically positioned on the nation’s road network, including the M25 – Thurrock is the northern point of the Dartford crossings - and the A13 corridors with excellent transport links into London, Essex, Kent and further afield.
Yet more than 70 per cent of the borough is Green Belt and, although the majority of the increasingly diverse 160,000 population live close to the river and main roads, Thurrock also has some historic and picturesque villages.
Thurrock has an ambitious growth strategy creating 26,000 jobs and building 18,500 new homes by 2021 and as part of this exciting strategy, the council is investing around £300 million to secure a similar level of central government funding and levering in up to £6 billion of private sector investment.
The vision for Thurrock is to be:
- An ambitious and collaborative community which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future.
In recent years the council has built up a strong relationship with partners, including prestigious national and international companies such as High House Production Park, home to the Royal Opera House, Dubai Ports, English Heritage and the RSPB to name but a few.
Thurrock’s regeneration agenda is one of the most inspiring in the country with six growth hubs including the world’s most modern port alongside the UK’s largest logistics park; major public realm improvement schemes; and an once-in-a-lifetime transformation of Purfleet including a state-of-the-art 600,000 sq foot film, television and media village at its heart, plus 2,500 new homes, local shops, a primary school, health centre, upgraded rail station and leisure and open access to the River Thames.
The council sees “partnership” as far more than simply a buzz-word, the future of the borough depends on the council and all of its partners drawing strength from each other to achieve the vision.
Over recent years Thurrock’s link between growth and education has become ever-stronger, growing investment, growing jobs and improving education so those jobs can be filled by locally educated local people.