"Triumph" for Thurrock care homes

27 June 2017
Care homes in Thurrock lead the way when it comes to quality of services, with all 34 homes in the borough rated as 'good' or better by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Care services that look after nearly 740 local residents have all now been inspected by the health watchdog, and graded on whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.
All scored either good or better in all areas.

Celebrating education heroes

27 June 2017
The Thurrock Education Awards, which celebrates and recognises the achievements of schools and early years settings in the borough is back once again – and promises to be the best yet.
The awards ceremony – now in its fourth year – highlights the hard work of teachers, governors and support staff working across the education sector.

Statement on Chadwell St Mary Gate

27 June 2017
Thurrock Council has been completing work to target harden many open green spaces across the borough in a bid to reduce the number of unauthorised encampments only for gates to be ripped out within hours.
With the help of Chadwell St Mary residents, who agreed to pay the costs, Thurrock Council's contractors installed a gate close to Lea Road last Thursday (22 June) following a recent unauthorised incursion.
By 9am the day after, the gate had been forcibly removed leaving the land once again vulnerable to trespass.

Community Environmental Development Fund launch 2017

26 June 2017
More than £300,000 is being made available by Thurrock Council to help local groups fund projects in their area.
The Community Environmental Development Fund (CEDF) is a capital fund inviting bids to either:
improve street scene furniture
renew, improve or create a capital asset
improve the appearance of the borough.
In addition, the projects must:

Fly the Flag for Armed Forces Day 2017

26 June 2017
Thurrock Council’s annual event to commemorate the British Armed Forces took place earlier today (Monday 26 June) with scores of people joining together outside the Civic Offices in Grays.
On a sunny and bright morning, a moments silence, prayers and speeches from Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Tunde Ojetola and Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill and Rev Canon Darren Barlow, filled the streets as people gathered to show respect for our countries Armed Forces.

"Idling is fuelish!"

23 June 2017
"Idling is fuelish" said children from Thurrock schools after they joined forces with Thurrock Council and encouraged people to take action to reduce air pollution.
Children from two schools took part in the UK's first ever National Clean Air Day (15 June). Pupils from Woodside Academy in Grays and Purfleet Primary Academy, spoke to parents at the end of the school day and encouraged them to turn their car engines off whilst they were waiting to pick up their children.

Thurrock schools announce their Carnegie winners

23 June 2017
Young people from schools in Thurrock joined together for a debate about books and showed just how much they love reading as they nominated their favourite stories to receive this year's CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards at a special event on Monday (19 June).

4-year commitment for environmental enforcement

23 June 2017
New measures including scrapping early repayment discounts for fines, increasing the value of tickets and reducing the minimum age tickets can be handed out were unanimously agreed Wednesday's cabinet meeting (Wednesday 21 June).
The new contract will span a 4-year period and will take on board recommendations following discussion at the Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee back in May this year, including an assurance that enforcement activities will be according to need across the entire borough.

Statement - waste collections

22 June 2017
Waste collections in Thurrock are returning to normal after a difficult start to the week.
A series of unforeseeable setbacks, including six vehicle breakdowns, have affected bin collections on 90 of the borough's 1,400 roads. The delays are largely affecting those who would usually have their bin collected on Tuesday, but some impact is being seen across most collection dates as crews try to restore a normal schedule.

Twenty one people fined in littering prosecutions

21 June 2017
Thurrock Council has brought successful prosecutions against 21 people who did not pay their littering Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).
The cases were heard at Southend Magistrates Court on 22 and 24 May and 7 June with offenders ordered to pay a total of £11,915. Depositing litter is a criminal offence and those who were found guilty will have the conviction reflected on their criminal record.