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Thames Freeport one of the first to submit outline business case

30 July 2021
The council-backed Thames Freeport is one of the first to submit its outline business case to government.
Earlier this month Thurrock Council's Cabinet once again backed the initiative that paves the way for the government officially awarding Freeport status. Thames Freeport was one of the first of the 8 Freeports announced in March to take this next significant step.

Nuisance bikes targeted in joint operation

30 July 2021
Officers from Thurrock Council's Environmental Enforcement and Housing Garages teams joined forces with Essex Police officers in an operation to target nuisance bikers who use un-let council garages to store quad and motorbikes.
In total, officers removed 10 vehicles that they suspect of being stolen or used by anti-social off road motorcyclists. This includes 6 motor bikes, 2 quad bikes and 2 cars. They were all being stored illegally in council garages without permission.

Ground-breaking study into sexual exploitation within the borough

29 July 2021
Victims and potential victims of adult sexual exploitation (ASE) will be better protected thanks to a ground-breaking study by Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Board (TSAB) and the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) at London Metropolitan University (LMU).
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for adults and communities, said: "Once again Thurrock leads the way with a fantastic piece of exploratory work, this time partnered with LMU to investigate the deeply unsettling issue of sexual exploitation in adults, and young people transitioning into adulthood, in the borough.

Health reforms recognise local strengths

28 July 2021
Thurrock Council has welcomed the Secretary of State for Health's decision that strong local arrangements already in place mean health services in the East of England will not be changed along local authority boundary lines.
Cllr Allen Mayes, Cabinet member for health, said: "We are delighted that the government has recognised that the work ongoing here in Thurrock, and indeed Essex and the wider East of England region, to ensure we have joined up health and care services means that services do not need to be reformed like they are in the majority of the rest of the country.

Arts, culture and heritage are so much more than a building

23 July 2021
Arts, culture and heritage can flourish across the borough and should not be tied to a single building, which urgently needs more than £16million investment, that is the message from Thurrock Council.
The Thameside Complex is one of a number of operational assets the council is considering disposing of following a decision by Cabinet earlier this month as it looks to provide better and more efficient services from fewer buildings.

Report showcases best practice in adult and community services

21 July 2021
Enhancing experiences and opening up opportunities within adult social care remain a key focus for Thurrock Council, as highlighted in a report presented to a meeting of Council on Wednesday 21 July.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for adults and communities, showcased the council's work in adult social care and supporting the borough's communities over the past year.
The report outlined opportunities which had been created to benefit residents, including:

Thurrock pupils are top of the class despite pandemic

21 July 2021
Thurrock school pupils have come top of the class again beating national averages for English and maths despite coping with the extra pressures put on them due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet member for education and children's social care, presented the report on Wednesday 21 July. He said, "Despite the many challenges of the pandemic our schools, early years and other education settings have shown resilience and some truly fantastic results that must be commended.

Performance and satisfaction are pinnacle of housing report

21 July 2021
Housing performance and tenant satisfaction continue to improve and build on recent success that Thurrock Council has had in key housing services as it supports tenants and residents across the borough.
The percentage of repairs completed on time achieved an impressive 98% in 2020/21, and more than 75% of tenants reported being "very satisfied" or "fairly satisfied" with the neighbourhoods and services offered through monthly tenant satisfaction surveys.

Stanford station planning application approved

20 July 2021
The major redevelopment of Stanford-le-Hope railway station took a significant step forward after gaining approval from Planning Committee last week (Thursday 15 February).

Wetherspoon plans for State Cinema approved

19 July 2021
JD Wetherspoon's planning application to transform The State Cinema has been given the green light.
The iconic Grays building is set to be returned to its former glory after new plans gained approval from Thurrock Council’s Planning Committee last week (Thursday 15 February).
Plans will see the much-loved George Street building fully refurbished and transformed into a public house at the heart of Grays, creating new jobs and boosting the town’s economic recovery.