Discretionary scheme launched to support local businesses

20 February 2018
Designed to help businesses who have suffered increases in rate liability following revaluation, a new scheme is set to assist Thurrock businesses who have been worst affected.
The most recent revaluation came into effect in England and Wales on 1 April 2017, resulting in some businesses' bills increasing whilst others decreased.

Notice of Election, 22 March

15 February 2018
The Returning Officer for Thurrock Council has published the Notice of Election for the Ockendon by-election today (Thursday 15 February).
The poll will be held on Thursday 22 March and polling stations will open from 7am to 10pm.
Nominations to stand as a candidate for the Ockendon by-election close at 4pm on Friday 23 February 2018.
Polling cards will be delivered to all eligible electors in Ockendon on the Electoral Register.
Polling stations this year are:

Thurrock pupils win the name the freighter competition

15 February 2018
Thurrock Council will shortly receive 28 new bin lorries to replace its current ageing fleet. Thurrock primary school children were invited to enter a competition to name the new vehicles.
Pupils of participating schools were asked to colour in the bin lorry picture provided and to suggest an imaginative and appropriate name.

A1089 work continues to disappoint

15 February 2018
During the latter part of last week, Highways England – through their contractor, Connect Plus – has been undertaking some grounds maintenance along the A1089 in Tilbury.
As a result of cutting back the hedgerows three metres away from the highway, litter and trimmings have been shredded with 'tonnes' of rubbish left to blow across Thurrock and its roads.

A quarter of a billion pound package on improving Thurrock

14 February 2018
Thurrock Council's Cabinet heard last night (Wednesday 7 February) that the Capital Spending Programme will be designed and implemented to help make residents, businesses and visitors even more proud of Thurrock.
Portfolio Holder for Finance, Cllr Shane Hebb spoke after the meeting and said: "The report tonight gave a good overview of how Thurrock is really investing in the borough. In the period between 2017/18 and 2020/21, over £240m will be ploughed into tangible improvements for the benefit of the community."

Great British Spring Clean returns to Thurrock

14 February 2018
Thurrock Council is once again backing a national campaign to get half a million people out and about tidying up their local communities between 2 and 4 March 2018.
The Great British Spring Clean is the UK's largest ever community clean-up and Thurrock Council is supporting groups who want to take part this year.

Fly-tippers fined and more Fixed Penalty Notices given in Thurrock

14 February 2018
Three fly-tipping cases in Grays and Tilbury have resulted in Thurrock Council issuing three Fixed Penalty Notices worth £400 each or £1200 in total.
As part of the council's 'Clean it, Cut it, Fill it' initiative, council enforcement officers are continuing to take a tough approach.
Alleyways next to William Street in Grays and Christchurch Road in Tilbury were subjected to the dumping of household waste. Council enforcement officers supported by local residents were able to provide evidence of dumping and identified the perpetrators allowing fines to be issued.

Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre permit scheme for trailers and vans in Thurrock

14 February 2018
Thurrock Council has announced a new free permit scheme for residents using a van or trailer at the East Tilbury 'Tip' for domestic waste.
The Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre will continue to take domestic waste if brought by car.
The new scheme will reduce visitor queues, improve capacity on-site and reduce abuse of the site from non-Thurrock residents.
The permit, which will be valid for a year will give local van and trailer drivers a permit with 12 visit tabs which will be stamped on each visit.

Stolen gully covers are dangerous to public

9 February 2018
In the last three days, thieves have stolen 16 gully covers from Thurrock’s roads creating, dangerous conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and road users.
Portfolio Holder for highways, Cllr Brian Little said: “On or around the 7 February five covers were stolen along with nine more being taken two days later and two more today (Friday 9 February).
“This reckless behaviour is putting the safety of road-users at risk and is completely unacceptable.”
16 known covers have been stolen although more could have been taken which are yet to be discovered.

Kynoch People Exhibition at Thameside

9 February 2018
Thurrock Council’s Museum World War 1 volunteers are presenting the final part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Kynoch exhibition.
The free exhibition will be hosted in Thameside Complex in Grays on the ground floor for nearly three weeks starting on Monday 26 February. 
The final part of the popular exhibition will show new information uncovered and inspired by visitors of the previous events.