40mph speed limit to be introduced as part of A13 road widening

22 January 2019
Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit will come into force on the A13 from next month ahead of road widening works.
Thurrock Council’s £79million A13 project is one of the largest local authority-managed road schemes in the country and involves widening a 2.3 mile section of road from two to three lanes in both directions between the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 (The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope).

Foster carers celebrate long service at special ceremony

22 January 2019
Long-serving foster carers have been honoured at an exclusive event to mark years of inspirational work helping children in Thurrock.
On Saturday 19 January, 100 guests, including Deputy Mayor Cllr Piccolo and Cllr Little, attended a fostering celebration event held at Orsett Hall. Long service awards were presented to foster carers who have clocked up 5-plus years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and 40 years of fostering children within the borough.

Princesses and scientists to take over Thameside Theatre this February half term

21 January 2019
Whether it is being wowed by exhilarating experiments or dancing away at a pop princess party, there is plenty for the kids to enjoy at the Thameside Theatre this February half-term.
The 'Exciting Science Show' takes to the stage at the theatre in Grays at 2pm on Tuesday 19 February, with tickets priced at £10.

Council hosts free private fostering workshop

21 January 2019
A free workshop will take place next month advising professionals, volunteers and members of the public on all aspects of private fostering.
Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 – or under 18 if disabled – is being cared for by someone who is not a parent or close relative for 28 days or more.

Adult social care to benefit from new community-led support team

18 January 2019
A new pilot, community-led approach to providing adult social care was launched on Wednesday 16 January.
Professionals and organisations including Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions, One Community and Contact the Elderly were invited to the event hosted by Thurrock Council at The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Tilbury, to meet Thurrock adult social care’s new community-led support social work team.

Plans to introduce additional licensing of shared houses and flats approved

18 January 2019
Tenants renting rooms from private landlords in certain parts of Thurrock will soon be protected from poor living conditions and unsatisfactory management standards under a new scheme.
Thurrock Council’s Cabinet this week (Wednesday 16 January) approved plans to introduce additional licensing to specific parts of the borough where there are higher numbers of private landlords renting small shared houses and flats to 3 or 4 tenants from more than one household, known as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Plans announced to transform social care provision

17 January 2019
A report at last night's Cabinet meeting (Wednesday 16 January) announced plans for a new residential development and a new model of care and support for older people in Thurrock.
The report proposed the development of a high quality care facility in South Ockendon with 45 self-contained dwellings and 30 ensuite bedrooms to meet the rising demands of the borough's older citizens.

Housing improvements could help elderly live healthily and independently for longer

17 January 2019
Thurrock Council has outlined ambitious proposals to help older people remain healthy and independent for longer by improving the suitability of housing in the borough.
This year's Annual Report of the Director of Public Health, which was presented to the council's Cabinet last night (Wednesday 16 January), suggests various ways the authority could look to improve the housing available so it better meets the needs of the borough's ageing population.