Poster launched to help cut down littering

3 November 2021
Thurrock Council has launched a poster campaign to urge residents and visitors to the borough to make sure they put their litter in bins or take it home with them.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "Our street cleaning team does an excellent job of keeping the borough clean and tidy. The best way to help them is to make sure that all litter goes into the hundreds of litter bins we have provided in streets and parks across the borough.

New fund provides additional help for struggling households this winter

2 November 2021
Thurrock Council has launched the Household Support Fund after the government allocated more than £1.2million to support vulnerable households across the borough.
The funding will provide essential support to households most in need this winter helping with bills and food as the country continues its recovery from the pandemic.

Innovative housing breathes new life into run-down garages

1 November 2021
Derelict garages in Chadwell St Mary have been transformed into habitable residential bungalows benefiting Thurrock families who have health or mobility problems.
At a red ribbon event on Saturday 30 October, Cllr Luke Spillman, Cabinet Member for Housing, announced that the keys to the 2 single-storey council properties will soon be handed over in the final phase of the HUSK development pilot scheme at Defoe Parade.

Man sentenced for abusive and racist behaviour towards Thurrock Civil Enforcement Officer

27 October 2021
A man who assaulted a Thurrock Council Civil Enforcement Officer when he was given a parking fine has been given an 18-month community order after appearing before Basildon Magistrates Court on Thursday 21 October 2021.
Ryan Lee, aged 32 from Chafford Hundred, was ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service work, attend 19 Thinking Skills sessions and address his criminal behaviour through a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement after being found guilty of racially aggravated assault and racially aggravated harassment.

Shop Safe radio scheme launched in Grays

25 October 2021
A new radio system linking shops in Grays as part of an anti-crime community launched this week.
Shop Safe radios have been handed out to shops, cafes and restaurants in the town centre to help them stay in touch and share information and intelligence to help thwart would-be criminals.

Full Council meeting cancelled

19 October 2021
The full Council meeting that had been scheduled to take place on Wednesday 27 October 2021 has been cancelled.
The decision was taken due to the ongoing issues within part of the Civic Offices building in New Road, Grays, which prevents the Council Chamber being open and safe for use. A specialist technical assessment of the area is being undertaken.

Public meetings postponed as a mark of respect for Sir David Amess MP

18 October 2021
Statement from group leaders
 As a mark of respect for Sir David Amess MP following his tragic death on Friday 15 October, political group leaders at Thurrock Council have together agreed to postpone all public committee meetings and other meetings involving external groups and partners due to take place this week (Monday 18 October to Friday 22 October 2021).

Leader of Thurrock Council pays tribute to Sir David Amess MP

15 October 2021
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has paid tribute to Southend West MP, Sir David Amess, who died following a violent attack at a constituency surgery this afternoon (Friday 15 October).
Cllr Gledhill said: "I was deeply saddened by this terrible news. I have met Sir David on a good number of occasions and it was a tremendous shock to learn of his death. He was a fantastic MP, knowledgeable, funny and a true gentleman. His passing is a huge blow to the people of Southend, who he has loyally represented for many years.

Levelling the health playing field

13 October 2021
Thurrock Health and Wellbeing Board is seeking views on a strategy that aims to level-out health inequalities in the borough and help residents to have happier, healthier and longer lives.
The 2022 to 2026 Health and Wellbeing Strategy doesn't just focus on health services, but also on all the areas of life that make residents healthier and happier – ranging from the quality of local housing to the fear of crime.

Joint operation to prevent unauthorised car cruising events

12 October 2021
A joint operation to crack down on nuisance drivers in West Thurrock over the weekend saw 5 fines issued, one motorist reported for suspicion of careless driving and one person given a community resolution for possession of cannabis.
Teams from Thurrock Council and Essex Police worked together to prevent car cruisers from gathering in West Thurrock. They also worked with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police to make sure that the event did not move on into a neighbouring London borough.