Landlord fined £2,500 after failure to licence shared house

13 July 2018
A landlord has been fined £2,525 after failing to licence her property and providing inadequate living conditions for her tenants.
Adeola Makinde was found guilty of failing to licence her property in Norfolk Place, Chafford Hundred, as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) following a trial at Basildon Magistrate's Court on Monday (9 July).
The court heard that Thurrock Council had been requesting a HMO licence application from Makinde since 2014, but no application was made.

Thurrock Council performing on target

13 July 2018
This week's Cabinet meeting heard that Thurrock Council has achieved the majority of its targets for 2017/18 and has seen improvements over the previous year’s performance in many areas.
Highlights from the report include:

Mayor hosts reception for Queen's Award for Voluntary Services winners

13 July 2018
A special reception was held by Cllr Barbara Rice, Mayor of Thurrock, today to congratulate the three voluntary groups from Thurrock who have been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS) – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The groups are:

Site identified for new school as £58million investment continues

11 July 2018
Land has been identified for another new secondary school in Grays as part of an investment of about £58million in creating new school places in the borough.
Last month, Thurrock Council's Cabinet agreed for sites to be released for Orsett Heath Academy and Treetops Special School, creating a combined 1,340 new places.
At a meeting tonight (11 July), it approved the release of Elm Road Open Space in Grays for a new 900-place secondary school, subject to public consultation.

Thurrock Education Awards 2018

10 July 2018
Thurrock Council is again celebrating the magnificent work and outstanding achievements of our colleagues in schools and other education settings.
Nominations for the fifth Thurrock Education Awards open on Monday 16 July 2018.
Cllr James Halden, portfolio holder for education and health, said: "The Thurrock education awards are an important part of how we recognise success, innovation, leadership and achievements of the staff who work in our early years settings, schools, academies and post-16 provision.

Don't miss this soup-er business opportunity

10 July 2018
Thurrock residents are being invited to have their business ideas turned into reality thanks to another 'Thurrock Soup' event.
Thurrock Soup is a series of events to inspire social enterprise and business ideas from the local community.
Giving for Thurrock (GiFT) has helped fund this wonderful event to support ways to access and secure funding for future local projects for entrepreneurs in our borough.

Council welcomes plans to co-locate health services following Orsett Hospital decision

6 July 2018
The statement below follows today’s meeting of the Mid and South Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Joint Committee and the decision relating to Orsett Hospital.
Cllr James Halden, Thurrock Council's portfolio holder for Heath, said: "We have worked hard with the NHS and I am delighted their decision reflects our understanding that Orsett Hospital will not close until our four new integrated medical centres are up and running and services are available.

Are you a private foster carer?

6 July 2018
Are you or someone that you know caring for a child that is under the age of 16 – under 18 if disabled – and not a close relative, for 28 days or more? If so, this may be private fostering and it is a legal requirement that Thurrock Council are informed.
Private Fostering Week, from Monday 9 July to Friday 13 July, is a national campaign to raise the profile of private fostering.

Thurrock planning team among the best in the country

5 July 2018
Thurrock Council's planning team is one of the fastest, most proactive and accessible planning services in the country and has earned a place in the top 4 planning authorities nationwide.
The team is also in the top 3% of planning authorities in terms of timeliness of decisions made and the strong links it has with the development industry. Its forward thinking and commercial awareness helps to drive continued investment into the borough.