Web skills course for adults in April

24 March 2017
Learn how to create, manage and run a great WordPress website on a short course now enrolling at Thurrock Council’s Adult Community College in Grays.
Find out how simple it can be to build and maintain your own professional-looking website using one of the most popular and accessible web publishing platforms around.
Ideal small business owners, community groups or anyone with a hobby, this three week community learning course is priced at only £2.50, for adult learners of any age and starts on Wednesday 19 April from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Busy year for Health and Wellbeing Committee

24 March 2017
Chair of Thurrock Council’s Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Victoria Holloway, has reflected on the work of the committee on behalf of residents over the past year.
Cllr Holloway said: “This year has been a busy one for the committee, with lots of work done to look, in detail, at what council officers and partners – such as the Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – are doing for residents’ health.

Have your say on election consultation

24 March 2017
Residents, businesses and organisations in Thurrock have until next Friday (31 March) to have their say on whether the frequency of council elections should change.
The council will soon decide whether to change how often elections to council are held in Thurrock – a decision which affects everyone who lives or works in the borough.
Currently, local councillors are elected one third at a time over a four year cycle – with no council elections in the fourth year. Alternatively, all councillors could be elected at the same time once every four years.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill issues statement on Westminster attack

22 March 2017
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: “Although details are still being released, the events which took place earlier today, Wednesday 22 March, are both horrific and saddening.
“I think I speak on behalf of Thurrock to say that our thoughts, prayers and wishes go to all the families affected by these terrible events. Our special thoughts go to the family and colleagues of the Police Officer who sadly lost their life in the line of duty. It goes without saying that we praise and commend their bravery and the ultimate sacrifice they made trying to protect others.  

Wellness Centre coming to Thurrock

22 March 2017
Thurrock’s planning committee has approved the building of wellness centre – thought to be the first of its kind in the country.
On the site of the former Harrow Inn, Bulphan, the long-disused building will be demolished to make way for a weight loss and wellness centre.
Plans for the centre include five treatment rooms, gymnasium, swimming pool, dance studio, lounge and dining rooms, as well as 21 guest rooms.

Help for ex-service men and women

21 March 2017
Specialists from the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) will be at the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays, once a month to offer help and advice to ex-servicemen and women.
SSAFA will be available to speak with veterans who may need help and support every second Tuesday of the month between 10am and noon at the New Road offices.
Brian Turner, a caseworker from SSAFA, said: “So many ex-servicemen and women - or their families - need support and do not realise how SSAFA can help relieve stress or sort out problems.

Clearing blots on our landscape

21 March 2017
Rubbish dumped close to the Orsett Cock roundabout was closely inspected to find evidence of who did it and removed, all within a week.
On Tuesday 8 March, the council became aware of the fly-tip at Loft Hall Farm, on the A128 Brentwood Road and the Environment Agency was informed.
Cllr Pauline Tolson, Thurrock Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “Within hours of the grounds maintenance staff noticing this blot on our landscape, we made the national agency aware of it and they asked us not to remove it before they had a chance to inspect it.

Additional funds for Adult Social Care

21 March 2017
Thurrock Council has welcomed news of an additional £5.6million to help support Adult Social Care services in Thurrock from April this year.
Announced as part of the government’s Spring Budget, the funding will be spread across the next three years – £2.82million in 2017/18, £1.86million in 2018/19 and £923,000 the year after.
Cllr Sue Little, portfolio holder responsible for social care was pleased to hear the news – she said: “We know there are challenges within Adult Social Care across the country so this additional funding is very welcomed.

New service provider takes over

21 March 2017
A new organisation will be running Thurrock's adult drug and alcohol treatment services next month.
Following a competitive tender exercise, Inclusion will be taking over on 1 April – and have taken over the lease of the existing site at the junction of Orsett Road and Milton Road in Grays
The service oversees the whole treatment and recovery pathway for those who misuse substances in the borough.

"Discussions are paramount for Paramount"

16 March 2017
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill is thinking ahead about how Thurrock can support and access the proposed Paramount Theme Park due to be built in Kent.
Although original discussions took place some time ago – when the new park was first proposed – the Leader is keen to again meet with developers and councils from the other side of the Thames to look at the detail.