Report highlights successes of council's central services

25 November 2021
A new Thurrock online service enabling residents to easily interact with the council, and supporting officers to work in smarter and more efficient ways, are just some of the achievements highlighted in a recent report.
Cllr Jack Duffin, Cabinet Member for Central Services, who presented the report on Wednesday 24 November, said: "It was a pleasure to present so many successes and achievements from across central services in my first Council report as portfolio holder.

Council Leader joins fly-tipping crackdown

24 November 2021
On Friday 19 November, the Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, joined the council's Environment Enforcement team working alongside Thurrock Essex Police team and Rural Engagement team to crackdown on fly-tipping across the borough.
The collaborative 2-day operation held on Thursday 18 November and Friday 19 November focused on fly-tipping, including unlicensed waste carriers who transport and dump waste illegally.

Year 5 pupils presented with Tilbury Towns Fund Board prize

22 November 2021
Two young and talented competition winners were presented with prizes by Tilbury Towns Fund Board last week at Civic Square, Tilbury.
Max and Ziona both attend St Mary's Catholic Primary School and were presented with a bundle of goodies by Jackie Doyle Price MP on behalf of the Tilbury Towns Fund Board. The Year 5 pupils and their classmates were asked to create Tilbury-inspired works of art.

Plans to retain Council Tax Support for those that need it

17 November 2021
Proposals to maintain Thurrock Council's Local Council Tax Support scheme were supported by the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee yesterday (Tuesday 16 November).
The Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTS) gives Thurrock residents of working age, and who meet the criteria, an opportunity to reduce their Council Tax bill by up to 75%.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: "This scheme provides vital financial help to those that need it and we want to make sure it is available in its current form for the borough’s residents next year. 

Help for those struggling with debt, and enforcement where needed

17 November 2021
Thurrock Council has developed a new Fair Debt approach, alongside Citizens Advice and other external agencies. The new approach will make sure residents who are struggling to pay their debts to the council have the opportunity to get the help and support they need. It will also make sure those who can pay but habitually don't are taken to task.

Joint operation to halt illegal use of unlet garages

16 November 2021
Thurrock Council again joined forces with Essex Police on Friday 12 November, to search 60 garages as part of an initiative to tackle motorcycle nuisance.
The garages were all unlet council garages, which officers from the Environmental Enforcement and Housing Garages teams were searching to make sure they were not being used to store vehicles that are either stolen or used by anti-social off-road motorcyclists.

Thurrock pays its respects on Remembrance Day

15 November 2021
Thurrock's community came together this past weekend to pay their respects on Remembrance Day.
A number of events at locations including Stanford-le-Hope, Grays, Orsett, Corringham, South Ockendon and Tilbury on Sunday 14 November saw residents pay their respects to those who lost their lives in conflict.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "After the restrictions of lockdown this time last year, it was a privilege to see people come together safely to remember and pay our respects as a community.

Christmas arrives early as Give a Gift opens for online donations

15 November 2021
Give a Gift 2021 opens for online donations today, Monday 15 November.
Now in its sixth year, the award winning Give a Gift gives everyone the opportunity to donate a present to a local child in need for whom Christmas can be a difficult time of year.
From today, you can donate a gift online through either:

New campaign celebrates Thurrock businesses

10 November 2021
This week Thurrock Council launched its new Shop Safe, Shop Local campaign with the support of independent businesses in Thurrock, to inspire residents across the borough to shop local and shop safely.
The council filmed a series of short Shop Local and Shop Safe videos in collaboration with businesses across Thurrock, which will be showcased over the coming months, with plans already underway to work with even more businesses throughout Christmas and the New Year.

Proposals for better services from fewer buildings

9 November 2021
Proposals to deliver services more effectively from fewer buildings will be discussed by the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee next week.
The plans for some of the council's assets outline how a proposed transformation of the way in which services are delivered will put them at the heart of the borough's communities and make significant savings by no longer having to maintain older buildings which are not fit for purpose.