MARSHA Williams is manager of Mower Medic, which recently moved into a new shop in Lampits Hill, Corringham, after previously offering a mobile service. The business was founded seven years ago and is an official Briggs & Stratton dealer, stocking new mowers and parts as well as providing servicing and repairs.

Q: What are the best things about Thurrock?

A: I love the fact we have so many beautiful, open spaces around the borough for us to enjoy. You don’t have to travel too far to feel like you’re in the middle of the countryside. It feels like a very safe place to be as the council has stood by its residents by keeping the street lamps on, unlike other councils.

Q: How do you see the future for the borough?

A: I see it going from strength to strength. The schools are improving with their Ofsted reports, which I love seeing reported in the Gazette. The facilities around are good, but I was sad when our local library closed to the public. It’s a shame not all services could be kept.

Q: What changes have you seen in Thurrock over the years?

A: I only moved to the borough six years ago, when my son was four months old, as I wanted to raise him in a lovely area with good schools and low crime. And I’ve not been disappointed!

The only change I’ve really noticed is the traffic, which I know is everyone’s gripe!

Q: What have been some of the highlights of the business’s time in Thurrock and what has kept you here?

A: We’ve stayed in the borough as all the employees live in Thurrock and we will be looking to expand further with additional shops within the borough.

Our most recent highlight has been opening our new service, repair and retail outlet in Corringham.

Q: What involvement has the business had in the community?

A: We serve the local community, all members of staff live in Thurrock and we’ve been welcomed by the locals in Corringham, who have been happy we’ve opened our new shop in Lampits Hill. The owner also makes regular contributions to St Luke’s Hospice.

Q: How do you think other people in Essex see Thurrock?

A: Hopefully, in a positive light, the way that I do! We have lots of local good, diverse, businesses and events that are promoted within the local press and I’m very proud to be a resident.

Q: What do you likemost about the Thurrock Gazette?

A: The fact it keeps everyone in the borough informed with the local news and events. I can always find any service I need by checking the ads in the Gazette and I always prefer to use a local company.

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