Thurrock Council

Thurrock Council is the local council for the borough of Thurrock in Essex, England. Since 1997, Thurrock has been 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 Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of arms
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1974
Leadership
Mayor of Thurrock
Cllr Terry Piccolo
since 22nd May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Rob Gledhill,
Conservative
since 25th May 2016
Chief executive
Lyn Carpenter
since September 2015
Structure
Seats49 councillors
Thurrock Council composition
Political groups
Administration
     Conservative (23)
Other parties
     Labour (17)
     Thurrock Independents (9)[a]
Length of term
4 years
Motto
Secundum Tamesim Quovis Gentium
Meeting place
Civic Offices, New Road, Grays
Website
www.thurrock.gov.uk
Constitution
Constitution

History

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. Until 1992 it was 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

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]

Year Control Notes
1997 Labour
2004 Conservative
2007 No overall control Conservative-led administration
2010 No overall control Labour-led administration
2012 Labour
2014 No overall control Labour largest group
2016 No overall control Conservative-led administration
2018 No overall control Conservative-led administration
2019 TBD

All 17 UKIP councillors left the party in January 2018 to form Thurrock Independents.[3]

Composition

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 first-past-the-post voting. There are 19[4] 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

Electoral wards

The borough's 20 electoral wards and corresponding representatives are:[5][6]

Thurrock UK wards 2017 numbered
Electoral ward Year of election
No. Name 2015 2016 2018
1 Aveley and Uplands Peter Smith (TI)[a] Luke Spillman (TI)[a] Tim Aker (TI)[a]
2 Ockendon Andrew Jefferies (Con) David Potter (TI)[a] Sue Shinnick (Lab)
3 Belhus Graham Hamilton (TI)[a] Angela Lawrence (Con)[b] Mike Fletcher (Lab)
4 West Thurrock and South Stifford Victoria Holloway (Lab) Oliver Gerrish (Lab) Qaisar Abbas (Lab)
5 South Chafford N/A Suzanne MacPherson (Con) Abbie Akinbohun (Lab)
6 Chafford and North Stifford Mark Coxshall (Con) Garry Hague (Con) N/A
7 Grays Riverside Jane Pothecary (Lab) Tony Fish (Lab) Martin Kerin (Lab)
8 Grays Thurrock Cathy Kent (Lab) John Kent (Lab) Lynn Worrall (Lab)
9 Stifford Clays Leslie Gamester (TI)[a] N/A Elizabeth Rigby (Con)
10 Little Thurrock Blackshots N/A Jocelyn Redsell (Con) Ben Maney (Con)
11 Little Thurrock Rectory Tom Kelly (Con) N/A Rob Gledhill (Con)
12 Thurrock Riverside and Thurrock Park Clare Baldwin (Lab) N/A Bukky Okunade (Lab)
13 Tilbury St. Chads N/A John Allen (TI)[a] Steve Liddiard (Lab)
14 Chadwell St. Mary Russell Cherry (TI)[a] Gerard Rice (Lab) Barbara Rice (Lab)
15 East Tilbury James Baker (TI)[a] Sue Sammons (Con)[b] N/A
16 Stanford-Le-Hope West Shane Hebb (Con) Terry Piccolo (Con) N/A
17 Corringham and Fobbing Deborah Huelin (Con) Aaron Watkins (Con) N/A
18 Stanford East and Corringham Town Colin Churchman (Con) Jack Duffin (TI)[a] Alex Anderson (Con)
19 The Homesteads Pauline Tolson (Con) Gary Collins (Con) James Halden (Con)
20 Orsett N/A Susan Little (Con) Barry Johnson (Con)

Mayor

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[7]
  • 2018/19 — Barbara Rice

See also

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

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k The Thurrock Independents group was formed by councillors who were originally elected as UKIP, but later left the party. Tim Aker was re-elected as a Thurrock Independent in the 2018 local elections.
  2. ^ a b Angela Lawrence and Sue Sammons were originally elected as UKIP, but left the party to form the Thurrock Independents alongside the rest of their group members. They later joined the Conservative Party.
  1. ^ "Thurrock Council - BBC News" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Thurrock". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Thurrock's 17 UKIP councillors all resign from party". BBC News Online. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Committees, meetings and minutes - Thurrock Council". www.thurrock.gov.uk.
  5. ^ "Wards and polling stations". www.thurrock.gov.uk. Thurrock Council. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/sites/default/files/assets/documents/schedule-of-local-elections-v06.pdf
  7. ^ "Mayor of Thurrock 2017-18". www.facebook.com.
1999 Thurrock Council election

The 1999 Thurrock Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council. Overall turnout in the election was 20.0%.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 45

Conservative 1

2000 Thurrock Council election

The 2000 Thurrock Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 38

Conservative 10

Vacant 1

2001 Thurrock Council election

The 2001 Thurrock Council election took place on 7 June 2001 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. The election took place at the same time as the 2001 general election after being postponed from the first week of May due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.Among the candidates in the election was Pauline Campbell who stood as an independent candidate after resigning from the Conservatives. Campbell, who was disabled and used a wheelchair, said that she had been first told she was the Conservative candidate but then told that she could not stand as she would not be able to canvass. However the Conservatives denied this and said that they just wanted to give someone else a chance.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 37

Conservative 10

Independent 2

2002 Thurrock Council election

The 2002 Thurrock Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.43 candidates stood in the election, with 16 of the 20 wards being contested. Both Conservative and Labour parties stood in all 16 seats, along with 7 Liberal Democrats, 3 Independents and 1 Green Party candidate.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 37

Conservative 9

Independent 2

Liberal Democrat 1

2004 Thurrock Council election

The 2004 Thurrock Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2002. The Conservative party gained overall control of the council from the Labour party.

2006 Thurrock Council election

The 2006 Thurrock Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 26

Labour 21

Independent 2

2007 Thurrock Council election

The 2007 Thurrock Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.The Conservatives, Labour and British National Party (BNP) contested all 16 wards which were up for election. In total 55 candidates stood in the election including 6 Liberal Democrats, 3 from the United Kingdom Independence Party, 2 independents and 1 candidate from the Independent Working Class Association. Anti-social behaviour, recycling and cleanliness were seen as major issues by the parties, on a council which was seen as a top Labour target.The British National Party put up candidates in every ward, for the first time. However, they secured no seats despite claiming that they were picking up votes from right wing Conservative supporters disaffected with David Cameron, particularly in middle class areas. In the West Thurrock and South Stifford ward, Ken Daly stood for the BNP in protest at the treatment of his son's killer.The results of the election saw the Conservatives lose their overall majority on the council after losing 3 seats and only gaining one. The Labour party made a net gain of two seats, while the BNP came second in 6 seats after a strong rise in votes. Overall turnout was 31% and after the election the balance of power on the council was held by 3 independents.After the election, the composition of the council was:

Conservative 24

Labour 22

Independent 3

2008 Thurrock Council election

The 2008 Thurrock Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Thurrock Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 24

Labour 22

Independent 2

British National Party 1

2010 Thurrock Council election

The result of the Thurrock Council election, 2010 (held on 6 May) was that Thurrock Council stay under no overall control. The Conservative party gained two seats from Labour while Labour gained one seat from the Conservatives. Of the 16 wards contested, eight were won by the Conservatives and eight by Labour. The composition of the resulting council was:

Conservatives 23

Labour 22

Independent 2

British National Party 1

Non Aligned 1A few days after the election, Stuart St Clair-Haslam resigned the Conservative party whip. Conservative councillor Ian Harrison also later resigned the Conservative whip, while Anne Cheale described herself as "non aligned". Following the election, John Kent (Labour) was elected council leader, defeating the former leader, Garry Hague (Conservative), by 25 votes to 23. Kent was supported by the Labour group, the two non-aligned councillors and the BNP councillor. This ended the Conservative administration that had been in power since 2004. At the same meeting, Anne Cheale was elected mayor. At this stage the party make-up was Labour 22 councillors, Conservatives 21, two East Tilbury Independents, three 'Thurrock Concerned Conservatives' and one British National Party councillor.

In November 2010 the BNP councillor resigned from the party to become a single Independent. In March 2011, Councillor St Clair-Haslam announced that he had joined the UKIP.

2011 Thurrock Council election

On 5 May 2011, one-third of seats on Thurrock Council were contested. The result of the election was that Thurrock Council stayed under no overall control. The Labour gained one seat from the Conservative party.

2012 Thurrock Council election

The 2012 Thurrock Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Thurrock Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other 2012 United Kingdom local elections.

The result was:

Labour 25 (+1) (39% of vote)

Conservative 21 (-1) (30%)

Independent 2 ( 7%)

UKIP 1 (+1) (18%)

LibDem 0 ( 4%)

other 0 ( 2%)

vacant 0 (-1)The Labour party took overall control (previously NOC with Labour administration).

2014 Thurrock Council election

Elections to Thurrock Council were held on 22 May 2014. The result saw the council change from Labour to no overall control. The UK Independence Party gained five seats, three from the Conservatives and two from Labour. Of the 16 wards contested, six were won by Labour, five by UKIP and five by the Conservatives.

2015 Thurrock Council election

The 2015 Thurrock Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Thurrock Council in England. This was on the same day as the general election and other local elections. Elections were held in 16 wards for seats that were last contested in 2011, to elect roughly one third of the council. The results meant that there continued to be no overall control of the council. The new administration will be determined at the Annual Meeting on 27 May.

2016 Thurrock Council election

The 2016 Thurrock Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Thurrock Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

There remains no overall control of the council. The Labour administration could have continued, until removed by a special motion, but Councillor Kent chose to resign at the Annual Meeting and the leader of the Conservative group Councillor Gledhill was elected to replace him.

2018 Thurrock Council election

The 2018 Thurrock Council elections took place on 3 May 2018 to elect members of Thurrock Council in England. Councillors in 16 out of the 20 electoral wards were be up for election. The council remained under overall control, with a minority Conservative administration running the council.On 26 January 2018, all sitting UKIP councillors resigned from the party and formed a new opposition group called Thurrock Independents.On 13 March 2018, Basildon UKIP announced that they had taken over responsibility for the 6 East Thurrock wards and are now called UKIP Basildon and Thurrock Branch.Before the elections, there was a by-election held in Ockendon which resulted in a Conservative gain after a tie and drawing of lots.

2019 Thurrock Council election

The 2019 Thurrock Council election will take place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of Thurrock Council in England.

Linford Wood

Linford Wood is a 3.5 hectare Local Nature Reserve in East Tilbury in Essex. It is owned and managed by Thurrock Council.The site has mixed woodland, a willow plantation, hedges, ditches and an open area. Birds include tawny owls, great spotted woodpeckers and green woodpeckers. It is part of the proposed extended Thurrock Thameside Nature Park.There is access from East Tilbury Road.

Thurrock

Thurrock () is a unitary authority area with borough status in the English ceremonial county of Essex. It is part of the London commuter belt and an area of regeneration within the Thames Gateway redevelopment zone. The local authority is Thurrock Council.

Thurrock Council elections

Thurrock is a unitary authority in Essex, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district. One third of the council is elected each year, followed by one year without an election. Since the unitary authority was first elected in 1997, the council has consisted of 49 councillors elected from 20 wards.

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