Green light to invest a further £6.9million for new school places

15 November 2018
A further £6.9million investment in creating new school places in Thurrock has been agreed.
Together with its partners, Thurrock Council is investing more than £70million to create over 3,500 new school places across the borough in the coming years.
As part of that investment, the council's Cabinet last night agreed to spend a further £6.9million for the already-approved expansion of St Clere's School in Stanford-le-Hope and the creation of temporary classrooms ahead of the opening of the proposed new Orsett Heath Academy in Grays.

Highways England accused of deliberately over-complicating Lower Thames Crossing consultation

14 November 2018
Angry councillors have accused Highways England of deliberately overwhelming residents with the "sheer size and complexity" of its Lower Thames Crossing consultation.
The consultation was launched last month and runs until Thursday 20 December, but the documents run to thousands of pages.
Thurrock Council fear people could therefore be put off from responding and believes it could be a deliberate ploy from Highways England.

Thousands line the streets as Thurrock marks Remembrance centenary

13 November 2018
Thousands of people paid their respects at Remembrance parades and ceremonies in Thurrock over the weekend.
Huge crowds gathered for events across the borough to mark Armistice Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, including packed services in Grays Stanford-le-Hope and Tilbury.
Beacons were also lit at Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury and in Purfleet, while special events and exhibitions took place at Thameside Theatre and Thurrock Museum in Grays.

Find out about becoming a childminder in Thurrock

13 November 2018
Starting a career as a childminder could be easier than you think.
Thurrock Council is encouraging prospective childminders to find out how at a free information session taking place next week.
Childminding is a career that provides rewarding opportunities to work with children and their families.
Come along to the free briefing on Tuesday 20 November 2018, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL to find out more.

Grays War Memorial improvements to deter people from congregating at cenotaph

9 November 2018
Railings have been installed on the flowerbeds at Grays War Memorial as part of more than £80,000 invested in the borough's war memorials to make sure they are all looking their best for the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The small railing prevents people from sitting on the flowerbed wall and have been fitted to deter groups from using the site as a place to congregate and hang-out.

Gritting crews ready for winter

9 November 2018
New gritters have been in action for the first time as Thurrock Council continues to invest in keeping people safe on the borough's roads.
Following a drop in temperatures earlier this month, the council's new fleet of specialist multi-purpose vehicles – which also carry out road maintenance work – were used for gritting for the very first time.

Aladdin panto promises to go off with a bang

7 November 2018
The stars of this year's much-anticipated pantomime lit up last night's spectacular fireworks display in Orsett.
Cast including former TOWIE regular and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Dan Osborne were at Orsett Showground promoting this year's production of Aladdin at the Thameside Theatre in Grays.
The stars also spent time promoting the Polka Dot Pantomimes show at intu Lakeside yesterday, letting shoppers know all about the upcoming panto.

Lodge Lane parking enforcement

6 November 2018
Thurrock Council is in the process of reviewing the traffic regulation order in Lodge Lane.
The review will consider resident requests and feedback in line with legislation, with the safety of the road being priority. It is expected that findings from this review will be reported in the next 2 weeks.
Following a refresh of the yellow lines in the road several months ago, Civil Enforcement Officers have been enforcing a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that has been in place for many years and pre-dated decriminalisation in 2005.

Anti-social tenant banned from his home after neighbours raise concerns

6 November 2018
A tenant who was making his neighbours' lives a misery by turning his home into a hangout for local drug dealers and addicts has been banned from entering his home thanks to action taken by Thurrock Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team.
Mark Palmer, 45, cannot enter or use his home in Copperbeach Road, Grays, after Basildon Magistrates granted Thurrock Council a closure order on the property at a hearing on Thursday 1 November.

Thousands more council tenants to benefit from ultrafast gigabit broadband

5 November 2018
More than 1,400 social housing tenants in Thurrock will very soon have access to ultrafast gigabit broadband, with thousands more set to follow.
Last year, Thurrock Council agreed a pioneering partnership with Hyperoptic – the UK's largest gigabit broadband provider – to install its full fibre broadband across 12 of its social housing developments.
With that phase of the project almost complete, the council has now extended the agreement with Hyperoptic to a further 20 social housing developments in Thurrock.