"Thameside will remain open until new provision is available"

20 January 2017
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, wants to set the record straight about the administration's commitment to the Thameside Complex remaining open until a new service is up and running.
He said: "The administration is committed to the regeneration of Grays town centre. I made this clear in my statement five days ago and I reiterate that point now. Central to the future of Grays is the re-provision of a new, modern and fit for purpose theatre.

Funding for the Fanns

18 January 2017
Lottery funding has been awarded to help improve historically-significant landscape in Thurrock and neighbouring boroughs on the borders of east London and south-west Essex.
The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme has been granted £1.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help improve the quality of the local landscape, as well as increase the awareness of and access to the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Get Active on Allotments

18 January 2017
Allotment sites can provide the perfect opportunity to grow your own fruit, vegetables or flowers. Keeping an allotment is also a great way to keep active and meet people in your local community.
Renting an allotment should be high on the list, whether you are:
looking for a new hobby
semi or fully retired
parents looking for a way to keep busy while the kids are at school or now they have left home
Allotments can be rented as a whole or partial plot.

Roundabout Sponsorship Opportunities Launched

18 January 2017
As part of Thurrock Council's ongoing ambition to protect services and be more self-sustaining, new sponsorship opportunities are being made available across the borough.
Businesses are being offered the chance to raise their profile by sponsoring Thurrock's roundabouts.
The council has partnered with Marketing Force to manage the sponsorship scheme. Companies can display their name, logo, short messages and contact details on a sign directed at roundabout exits; we will only approve requests from appropriate businesses.

30 years of Careline, four million calls answered

18 January 2017
Thurrock Council launched its Careline service in November 1986 to support the most vulnerable people in the borough.
On Wednesday (11 January), Careline staff came together at their Harty Close headquarters in Grays to celebrate its 30th anniversary with cake and a visit from Cllr Sue Little – Cabinet member for Children's and Adult Social Care.
The service – which is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year – currently supports over 4,000 people in Thurrock, allowing them to live independently in their own homes, secure in the knowledge the team is there if needed.

East Tilbury Library Statement

17 January 2017
On Friday 6 January, Thurrock Council was alerted to an incident at East Tilbury Library.
Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue were both in attendance after a car had been driven into the door of the community library which led to a fire.
Cllr Sue Macpherson was there on the day and said: "Upon initial outside inspection, there was clearly lots of damage to the library – we couldn't access the building because of the structural damage.

Holocaust Memorial Day plans

17 January 2017
Thurrock will again be marking International Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday 27 January at the High View Avenue Memorial Gardens in Grays.
Holocaust Memorial Day is not only about commemorating past genocides and honouring those who died, but about standing with those who survived. This year's theme is "How can life go on?"
The free event is open to all and will begin at 11am. As in previous years, the service will include the laying of white pebbles on the newly refurbished memorial.

Thousands Raised at Shelter Housing Fundraisers

17 January 2017
Almost 30 sheltered housing complexes across Thurrock joined together to raise £6,000 for Macmillan through coffee morning events.
Thurrock Council's Sheltered Housing Officers helped the tenants prepare, with some complexes choosing to put on larger events that involved the local community. 
Tenants advertised using leaflets and by putting up posters around their communities. They also arranged for prizes to be donated by local businesses.

More than 400 fixed penalty notices for littering

17 January 2017
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has given an update on how many Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) have been issued for littering and dog fouling between 5 December and 6 January.
At Wednesday's Cabinet meeting (11 January), Cllr Gledhill, told councillors that 418 FPNs had been issued totalling £31,350 – which will be used to fund the enforcement service. Almost £17,000 has already been received.
Cllr Gledhill said: "This is a significant number but the message is getting out there – it is not acceptable to litter."

Parents face £2,800 bill from magistrates

17 January 2017
Seven Thurrock parents appeared before magistrates at Basildon on Wednesday (11 January) for failing to ensure their children attended school regularly.
Fines, costs and victim surcharges totalling £2,825 were imposed on the seven, who all now have a criminal record.
In cases where the parent failed to attend court the matter was allowed to proceed in the defendant's absence. 
Cllr James Halden, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for education, said: "The education of children who do not attend school regularly suffers to a great degree.