Planning team named a finalist for another national award

27 March 2019
Thurrock Council's planning team has been short-listed for another national award.
The council, which is already a finalist in the Local Authority Planning Team of the Year category for next month’s Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2019, is now also short-listed for the Planning Awards 2019.
The team is a finalist in the Award for Partnership Working category, with the ceremony taking place in London in June.

Have fun at Thurrock libraries and hubs this Easter

26 March 2019
Keep the kids entertained during the Easter half-term holiday next month at Thurrock's libraries and hubs.
For those who enjoy arts and crafts, Grays library will run 2 events during the 2-week break, on Monday 8 April and Monday 15 April. The first session, called 'Make your own cardboard story puppet,' is suitable for ages 5 and over, while children of all ages can take part in 'Easter crafts'.
Both events run from 10:30am to midday and there is a suggested voluntary donation of 50p per child.

Get out and get active at Thurrock's parks this Easter

25 March 2019
Children and adults in Thurrock can take part in various park activities during the Easter half-term.
As part of the 'Active Parks' Easter programme, and subject to weather conditions, some parks around the borough will host a series of free morning, afternoon and fun day sessions from Monday 8 April to Monday 22 April. Events are being organised by Thurrock Council and local community groups, and include Easter egg hunts, trails and sports.

Thurrock Council welcomes Windrush funding

25 March 2019
Thurrock Council is one of 50 community groups and local authorities across England to benefit from a £500,000 grant commemorating Windrush Day.
Local authorities and community groups – including Thurrock Council – will be allocated a share of the funding, which will be used to support school projects, street parties, theatre, exhibitions and workshops in communities across England to mark Windrush Day on 22 June and throughout the year.

Thurrock Elections 2019

22 March 2019
Thurrock Council has officially announced this year’s local election which will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019.
The notice of election was published today (Friday 22 March). Nominations to stand as a candidate close at 4pm on Wednesday, 3 April.
Polling cards will be delivered to eligible electors between Friday 22 March and Sunday 31 March. The poll card is for information only, it is not required to vote.

Aveley and Uplands by-election

22 March 2019
The results of the Aveley and Uplands by-election on Thursday 21 March have been announced. David Van Day, The Conservative Party, has been declared the winning candidate.
Votes were as follows:
Charles John Curtis (Labour Party) – 394
David Van Day (The Conservative Party) – 773
Alan Field (Thurrock Independents) – 551
Tomas Pilvelis (Liberal Democrat) – 55
A total of 1781 votes were cast, which was a turnout of 24.49%.

Thurrock communities support The Great British Spring Clean

20 March 2019
Local residents and community groups in Thurrock have signed up to help clean up their local communities as part of The Great British Spring Clean.
So far, 13 clean-up events for the Keep Britain Tidy initiative have been registered with Thurrock Council and will be held between Friday 22 March and Tuesday 23 April.

Beautiful Minds cinema club

18 March 2019
A series of dementia-friendly film screenings are coming to the Thameside Theatre in Grays.
The theatre's Beautiful Minds cinema club provides dementia-friendly film screenings so that people living with dementia can spend quality time with their loved ones and carers in a supportive environment without the anxiety that visiting the cinema might cause.
A variety of films are lined up for everyone to enjoy and tickets are just £5, which includes refreshments and entertainment prior to each screening.
The latest screenings are:

Alterations to local bus services

18 March 2019
Three bus routes in Thurrock will be affected by changes which come into effect on Monday 1 April 2019.
The 374 bus service, which operates between Grays Bus Station and Basildon Bus Station, will now be operated by NIBs buses. Slight changes have been made to bus times but buses will continue to run at the same frequency.

Interwar memories come to life at Thurrock Museum

18 March 2019
Experience an era of significant change in a new exhibition at the Thameside Complex next month.
From Monday 8 April to 11am, Friday 26 April, locals can discover about the period between the two World Wars – known as the 'interwar' years – at a free exhibition presented by Thurrock Museum volunteers.
The years between November 1918 and September 1939 saw England adjusting to a social transformation as career opportunities developed for women, those aged over 21 were given the right to vote and Nancy Astor became the first woman MP.