Statement - Barcelona Attacks

18 August 2017
In a mark of respect and solidarity for the horrific attacks in Barcelona on 17 August, Thurrock Council has today lowered its flags to half-mast.
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Tunde Ojetola, has also written to the Mayor of Barcelona to express "deepest condolences on behalf of the people of Thurrock".
The full letter is below.
Mayor Ada Colau
Mayor of Barcelona
Dear Madam Mayor,
I am writing to express deepest condolences on behalf of the people of Thurrock following the barbaric attacks on your city.

96.4% pass A-Levels in Thurrock

18 August 2017
Over 600 Thurrock A-Level students are celebrating after 96.4% pass rate after receiving results yesterday (Thursday 17 August).
Portfolio Holder for Health and Education, Cllr James Halden said: "Firstly, let me say I know how students felt yesterday! I left college in Thurrock in 2008 and I recall the feeling of opening that envelope.

Funding announced to develop new domestic abuse service

16 August 2017
Work is set to start on a new single point of contact for perpetrators of domestic abuse , thanks to funding from the Home Office.
£450,000 has been allocated to the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Partnership for a new 'Perpetrator Pathway' service which will see the sum spread over the next three years.
The service will direct people who have concerns about their behaviour, as well as family or friends who may also be worried, to services and support which can help them

Corringham Library and Thurrock Foodbank join together

16 August 2017
In a new partnership, Corringham Library will be playing host to being a food drop-off point for local charity, Thurrock Foodbank.
This week Thurrock Foodbank will be at the front of the building to collect food donations for local people in need.
Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Sue MacPherson thinks it is a great idea. She said: "I'm pleased the council is supporting the local service in new ways.

External Cladding Surveys

16 August 2017
In an extra precautionary measure, Thurrock Council began undertaking external cladding surveys this week as part of its enhanced fire safety checks.
The works, which began on Monday 14 August, involve specialist teams completing ground-level visual assessments followed by a detailed review of the cladding system at specific points.
During the detailed review phase, operatives will be seen abseiling down the sides of the tower blocks.
Residents living in high rises will not need to vacate their property, but will need to close windows when the work is taking place.

St Chads park clean-up

15 August 2017
Reports of the new park at the St Chads site in Tilbury not being cleaned have been addressed by the Council Leader.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing said: "I had been made aware of a number of concerns about the St Chads site, from block-booking by London councils, to the state of the park. 
"I have double-checked with officers on the block-booking allegations and have been assured yet again they are false.

Spend the summer outdoors at Grangewaters

15 August 2017
Grangewaters has a packed Summer Holiday Programme this year and you're all invited.
Portfolio Holder for Health and Education, Cllr James Halden said: "The outdoor education centre, based in South Ockendon is a great place to tire the kids out this summer with fully qualified and entertaining instructors, take your pick from a number of activities either as a family or make new friends by joining in kids only groups.
"The sessions being put on this year are entertaining and lively, and I encourage everybody to come along, brave the weather and spend the summer outdoors."

London Road gas works are on track

15 August 2017
Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, Cllr Brian Little has been keeping a close eye on gas works taking place in London Road, Grays.
Almost halfway through the significant stretch of road, he spoke to the Cadent and tRIIO team and visited the site for a walkthrough with tRIIO London East Area Manager, Paul Jones.
Cllr Little said: "I'm very pleased to see things are still on track for an early September finish.
"We knew that the works would be disruptive for residents and local businesses and we’ve all tried to communicate and plan for that.

St Chad's assurance

9 August 2017
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill offered assurances to residents that new homes being built on the old St Chad’s site in Tilbury are not being block bought or rented by other local authorities.
Cllr Gledhill said: "I'm pleased to put to bed some rumours circulating that London boroughs are block purchasing or renting local homes for their residents.
"That is categorically untrue.
"I have spoken to senior officers and we all agree, while there continues to be such local demand, any interest from other local authorities will not be entertained."

Surround the town success

9 August 2017
Thurrock Council, in partnership with the Safer Essex Roads Partnership, joined together on Saturday (29 July) for another successful effort to make sure Thurrock's roads stay safe.
The operation, involving Essex Police, the Road Safety team at Thurrock Council, and Customs and Excise, issued 39 tickets and seized 5 vehicles for a variety of offences.
Of the tickets issued: