Summer volunteering opportunities with Thurrock Libraries

27 April 2017
Thurrock's teenagers have the opportunity to help other young people get into reading this summer for another much anticipated 'Summer Reading Challenge'.
Thurrock's libraries are again on the lookout for volunteers aged between 13 and 16 to help over the summer holidays for this year's Summer Reading Challenge, 'Animal Agents'.
Lyn Carpenter, Chief Executive of Thurrock Council, said: "The national Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year and is an ideal opportunity to have fun, gain new skills and get some great experience to include on your CV.

First choice primary preferences are on the rise

27 April 2017
Figures released last week (Tuesday 18 April) show 94% of children have been offered their first choice of primary school for this September, with 4% securing their second choice.
Up from 85.5% last year, more children across Thurrock will be attending their top school of choice.
Lyn Carpenter, Chief Executive of Thurrock Council, welcomed the news: "With so many fantastic primary schools in Thurrock, it isn’t surprising that the number of parents receiving offers from their first choice schools have gone up from last year.

Illicit tobacco fine in the thousands

20 April 2017
A Grays trader has been ordered to pay more than £8,000 for supplying illicit and dangerous cigarettes and tobacco.
A multi-agency operation involving Thurrock Council's Trading Standards team, Essex Police, HMRC and the Immigration Service has brought a successful prosecution against the owner of Monikas Mini Mart on Orsett Road, Grays.
Despite efforts to hide the goods in the shop counters, officers found and seized 6,500 cigarettes and 12kg of tobacco.

Purfleet Hub opens its doors

20 April 2017
A wide range of council and community services are available at the newly-opened Purfleet Community Hub.
The grand opening on Wednesday 12 April was attended by the Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tunde Ojetola – who also judged a children's fancy dress competition.
The day included a community clean-up, supported by Thurrock Council'S housing team. In addition, a skip was provided by the hub to help keep the area tidy.

Road Closures in Thurrock

18 April 2017
Sections of Thurrock's roads will be temporarily closed in the coming weeks to allow for maintenance and repairs. Thurrock Council apologises for any inconvenience caused while these essential works take place.
East Tilbury
The Level Crossing at Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury will be closed to allow Network Rail to replace rails through the level crossing.
The section of road will be closed from 1am on Sunday 23 April until 2am Monday 24 April.

Young Shakespeares tread the boards at Civic Hall

13 April 2017
Thurrock VIPs were entertained by "budding Shakespeares" at the Civic Hall, Blackshots, Grays on Wednesday 22 March.
The borough's Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tunde Ojetola, was among the judges at the final of the Thurrock Performance Poetry competition and said afterwards: "Poetry is a good way of teaching students language, words and expressions."
The annual event saw 20 schools taking part, who were sent a variety of poems, carefully selected for their rich language and children performed a poem of their choice.

£Millions for new school places in Thurrock

12 April 2017
Portfolio Holder for Education, Cllr James Halden is delighted the Government have agreed to fund 3 bids to build brand new schools in Thurrock.
The news, which was announced today, agrees funding to:

Council Leaders outraged at crossing announcement

12 April 2017
"It is an outrage" – said all three Council Leaders in Thurrock today (12 April) after the government finally announced its plans for a new Lower Thames Crossing after keeping residents in the dark for months.

Car seat checking in Thurrock

10 April 2017
Thurrock Council's Road Safety team took part in a child car seat checking day on Monday 27 March.
As part of the Safer Essex Road Partnership, the team checked whether residents' child car seats were fitted correctly and did not have any faults.
A representative from Good Egg Safety was also on hand to provide specialist advice on seat and stage selection for children.
21 checks took place at the event kindly hosted by Tesco's Extra in Lakeside Retail Park, with six checks identifying incorrect child fitments and 13 incorrect seat fitments.

Thurrock is the gateway to 'all the peoples of the world'

10 April 2017
Leader of Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, visited DP World in Stanford-le-Hope this morning as the first freight train left Thurrock and started its 7,500-mile journey to China.
He said: "Thurrock is steeped in history, and this moment will certainly be one for the books. I’m incredibly proud to have been involved.