Consultation on changing the name of Purfleet to Purfleet-on-Thames

Image of Purfleet Park including Purfleet Beacon

In August 2018, the Purfleet-on-Thames Community Forum launched a petition to rename Purfleet as Purfleet-on-Thames.

The petition was presented to Council on 30 January 2019. In response to the petition, Thurrock Council is launching a formal consultation as the next stage in this process.

There is no legal status in a town name and unless Her Majesty the Queen grants a charter for any town then the name of a town is derived from custom and practice. If there is no legal status in a town name, then there is no formal legal process which dictates how it may change and changes are subject to custom and practice.

Thurrock Council itself can, after due consultation, propose to make such a decision on behalf of the community and seek to persuade other stakeholders to do likewise. The Council is entitled to do this because the Local Government Act 2000 allows the Council to do anything which they consider likely to achieve the promotion or improvement of the economic well-being of their area.

In August 2018, the Purfleet-on-Thames Community Forum launched a petition to rename Purfleet as Purfleet-on-Thames.

The petition was presented to Council on 30 January 2019. In response to the petition, Thurrock Council is launching a formal consultation as the next stage in this process.

There is no legal status in a town name and unless Her Majesty the Queen grants a charter for any town then the name of a town is derived from custom and practice. If there is no legal status in a town name, then there is no formal legal process which dictates how it may change and changes are subject to custom and practice.

Thurrock Council itself can, after due consultation, propose to make such a decision on behalf of the community and seek to persuade other stakeholders to do likewise. The Council is entitled to do this because the Local Government Act 2000 allows the Council to do anything which they consider likely to achieve the promotion or improvement of the economic well-being of their area.