Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has slammed irresponsible people who are flouting social distancing rules and breaking into closed play areas in the borough's parks.
Last week Thurrock Council, following government guidelines, closed all park play areas and outdoor exercise areas because it is not possible for residents including families to observe social distancing when using them.
At 9am today (Wednesday 1 April), Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA) – a partnership led by Thurrock Council working with Stronger Together and Thurrock CVS – will be launching a helpline and online form to support residents who:
are vulnerable due to self-isolation
have worsening mental or physical health issues
do not have friends, family or local support in place at this time
This helpline is for Thurrock residents who need help as a priority and are without help in the community.
Thurrock Council is acting quickly to help local businesses make sure that they take full advantage of government grants available to help them stay afloat during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The following grants are available to businesses and shops in the borough:
Over the weekend Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA – a partnership between Thurrock Council, Stronger Together, Thurrock CVS and other local organisations – made progress on recruiting volunteers and supporting the borough's most vulnerable residents following its launch on Friday 27 March.
Thurrock Council has introduced a range of Council Tax support measures to help residents who might be suffering financial hardship as a result of the changes introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Self-employed workers who are waiting for a grant under the government scheme announced last week will be able to defer Council Tax payments until July.
Thurrock Council is working hard to maintain essential council services across the borough to make sure:
it is safe for vulnerable residents
its roads are clear for critical users and emergency service vehicles
parks are a pleasant place for people observing social distancing rules to take their daily exercise
Teams hard at work include:
Thurrock Council has agreed to offer local businesses, sports clubs and community groups extra support by agreeing to defer rental payments to those that rent their premises from the council.
Following the announcement earlier this week that the council is deferring all business rate bills a month from April, it has now announced that it will defer all rental payments for the business and clubs that rent from Thurrock Council for the first quarter (April to June). Invoices will still be issued and these organisations can still make payments should they wish.
Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action will launch on Friday 27 March.
Thurrock Council in partnership with Stronger Together, Thurrock CVS and other local organisations are working together to safely coordinate support to residents in need and to help make sure voluntary work is carried out in a safe and co-ordinated way across the borough.
Thurrock Council is making changes to some services as it continues to follow national guidance on managing coronavirus.
Following resident feedback, some changes will be made to the way waste is collected to help ensure a regular collection can be maintained. The week commencing Monday 30 March will see the last brown bin collections until further notice.
During the week commencing Monday 30 March:
Thurrock Council is reminding shops and hospitality businesses in the borough of the importance of closing their premises to comply with government rules on social distancing.
Under new rules all non-essential businesses must be closed to the public.
Lists of businesses that must remain closed, and exceptions that can stay open, are online at GOV.UK: businesses and premises to close.