THE New Year promises to be full of positives for Thurrock.

That is the message from council leader John Kent, who has said he is very excited about what 2014 holds for the people of the borough.

He said the new developments at South Essex College and the former Grays Magistrates’ Court are just the beginning of what is round the corner.

Councillor Kent said: “The High House Production Park at Purfleet is another area where the excitement is growing as more artists move into the studios and the Royal Opera House is looking to build a brand new costume store and workshop in the area too.

“Thurrock is also restoring its historic links with the River Thames. London Gateway DP World is continuing to grow as is the Port of Tilbury and the Thames Oil Port at Coryton is also producing some exciting plans for the future.

“Then there’s the crossing. Despite our best efforts – the council, local businesses and most importantly local people – the government hasn’t listened and seems determined to plough ahead.

“We’re still committed to no new crossing in Thurrock and will continue that fight throughout the coming year - and beyond if necessary.”

Mr Kent said: “The coming year is going to see many changes to Thurrock as the borough’s businesses and business community continue to work with the council and build on the successes of 2013.”