Outrage at Highways England

25 February 2017
Leaders of the Conservative, UKIP and Labour groups in Thurrock have expressed their outrage at Highways England writing to residents – again – without informing the council.
Leader of the Conservative group and the council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, UKIP leader, Cllr Graham Snell and Labour group leader, Cllr John Kent, have co-signed a letter to Highways England to lodge their complaint about how they are communicating with residents over the Lower Thames Crossing.

Great British Spring Clean comes to Thurrock

21 February 2017
As an extra boost to the Clean it, Cut it, Fill it initiative, Thurrock Council is backing a national campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities between 3 and 5 March 2017.
The Great British Spring Clean is the UK's largest ever community clear up and Thurrock Council is supporting groups who want to take part.

East Tilbury Library accessed by Bata Heritage volunteers

21 February 2017
After essential works to support the roof at East Tilbury Library, volunteers from the Bata Heritage Centre were given access on Wednesday 15 February, to assess and collect invaluable items after a car was reversed into the library and set alight in January.
Volunteers, along with Thurrock Council officers, helped remove the remaining museum items which are kindly being stored by One Big Storage in East Tilbury.

Blue Badge "advice" warning

15 February 2017
Residents are being warned not to pay excessive fees for "advice" about applying for a Blue Badge.
Cllr Sue Little, Thurrock Council's portfolio holder for Adult and Children’s Social Care, said: "We have been made aware of a website that claims to provide help for Blue Badge claims, and costs £49.
"This is nothing to do with the council or the government as a whole and although not illegal, we should be aware that the website gives the impression that the extortionate fee guarantees a successful application. This is not the case.

More lay-bys to be closed

13 February 2017
Two lay-bys on Thurrock roads are to be closed later this month in an effort to tackle anti-social behaviour.
The aim of the order is to address unauthorised street trading, reduce road damage and improve road safety.
One lay-by is on the A13, around 800 metres from the A1089 junction on the eastbound carriageway, and the other is off the A128 around 70m from the Church Road junction on the western side.
The order states its purpose is to 'ensure safety of the public and to prevent damage to the road'.

Proposal to ban vehicles from disused section A128

13 February 2017
It is proposed that all motor vehicles be banned from a disused section of the A128, Brentwood Road at Bulphan often used for fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.
Thurrock Council is seeking comments from residents regarding the planned closure which runs from the Old Brentwood Road - from Peartree Lane north to its junction with the A128 Bulphan by-pass.

Proposed new vision for Thurrock

9 February 2017
At last night's Cabinet meeting (Wednesday 8 February), councillors agreed there should be an update of the vision and priorities for the borough.
Focusing on 'striving, driving and thriving', Thurrock will be 'an ambitious and collaborative community, which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future'.
The proposed vision and priorities are based on feedback from engagement events with residents and partners over the last year. It has also had extensive consultation with council staff, around 80 per cent of whom live in the borough.

Thurrock to go from 'surviving to thriving'

9 February 2017
Thurrock Council will be moving forward to become financially independent and commercial, councillors have heard.
Presenting his reports to the Cabinet meeting Wednesday (8 February), Cllr Shane Hebb, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Legal Services, set the new direction of travel for the council's finances in the coming year, ahead of the full Council meeting later this month.

Counterfeit tobacco products worth thousands seized

9 February 2017
Potentially dangerous, illegal and counterfeit cigarettes and other tobacco products have been seized by Thurrock Council's trading standards team, working with other law enforcement agencies.
In the latest raid, officers from trading standards, police and HM Revenue and Customs targeted a central Grays shop and seized 2,000 cigarettes and 64kg of tobacco with an estimated value of £20,000.
Cllr Sue MacPherson – the council's portfolio holder for neighbourhoods – said: "Trading standards work tirelessly to protect people, locally and further afield.

Progress made on wellbeing services

8 February 2017
Cabinet Member for Education and Health, Cllr James Halden, has welcomed the progress made on implementing the new wellbeing service for 0 to 19 year-olds.
He said: "Ever since I announced this integrated service in October 2016, we have been guided by a simple core principle – a better and joined-up health, education and social care service for families, where they need it.