Thurrock pays tribute to Windrush Day

23 June 2022
Communities came together to celebrate the fifth National Windrush Day.
Marked on the 22 June each year, it recognises the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants. The Empire Windrush and other ships carried people from Caribbean countries to the UK between 1948 and 1971.

Cemeteries consultation launched

23 June 2022
Thurrock Council has launched a new consultation to help shape the future of the borough's cemeteries and ensure that they remain safe, peaceful and respectful places to visit and remember loved ones.
The consultation will help guide a review of cemetery regulations and the creation of an up-to-date cemeteries strategy.

Mayoral Roll of Honour launches

22 June 2022
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr James Halden, has launched a Mayoral Roll of Honour celebrating charities, businesses, individuals and community groups who have gone above and beyond for the borough.
From Wednesday 22 June, residents can make a nomination for the Mayoral Roll of Honour, which will recognise those who work hard to serve Thurrock. Nominations must be signed by at least 4 councillors who can confirm the nominee deserves the special recognition.

Accessible free support for new parents through Ask Teddi App

15 June 2022
Researchers from Swansea University and the University of Essex have carried out an independent evaluation of Thurrock Council's Ask Teddi app, which is run in collaboration with Solutions 4 Health, and offers free advice and information for Thurrock parents and carers with children under the age of 5.
The research consisted of a survey for all existing service users, led by Swansea University, and focus groups and interviews with Health Visitors, Thurrock children's centre staff and parents who use the app, led by the University of Essex.

Waste search finds stolen motorbikes and more

14 June 2022
A joint operation between Thurrock Council's Environmental Enforcement officers, Trading Standards and Essex Police to search waste they suspected of being improperly stored unearthed 5 containers of suspected stolen goods, including stolen motorbikes.
Officers searched 89 containers at the site of the former LFB Social Club, Purfleet Road, Aveley following concerns that an unlicensed waste storage site was operating there. During their search they found:

New primary school and nursery to be built in Aveley

10 June 2022
Planning permission for the construction of a new, government-funded primary school and nursery in Aveley has been approved.
Harrier Primary School, which is due to be built on land adjacent to the A13 and Love Lane in Aveley, was agreed at Planning Committee on Thursday 9 June.
The new school will provide spaces for up to 420 prospective primary students and 52 nursery places. An open date of September 2023 is currently targeted, with a reception class of 30 pupils. The admission of new pupils will then increase year-on-year until the school has filled each year group.

Thames Enterprise Park planning permission unlocks 5,500 Thurrock jobs

10 June 2022
Thames Enterprise Park, one of the largest brownfield regeneration projects in the southeast of England, has reached a significant milestone after gaining planning permission last night (Thursday 9 June 2022).
The council-backed development will bring new economic life into the former Coryton oil refinery site that closed in 2012, creating up to 5,500 new jobs and adding more than £350million per year to the economy, snowballing to more than £3.5billion over the first 10 years of operation.

Young people receive Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Buckingham Palace

8 June 2022
Five young people in Thurrock attended a Buckingham Palace garden party in May to celebrate completing their gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE).
The award scheme, which has been running since 1956, encourages young people aged 14 to 24 to take part in a number of activities to develop their personal, physical and volunteering skills in preparation for adult life. Participants progressed through their bronze and silver awards before culminating in the gold award, as part of Thurrock Council's DofE licence.

Innovative new council building paves way for ambitious regeneration

8 June 2022
Today (Wednesday 8 June), Thurrock Council officially opened the doors to the ground floor of its new £9.8million Civic Offices building.
The contemporary 3-storey building, which will be delivered on budget, has been designed firmly with energy-efficiency in mind, showing the council's commitment to sustainability, lowering its environmental impact and kick-starting huge regeneration plans across Grays.

Education Awards finalists announced after record nominations

7 June 2022
The finalists of this year's Thurrock Education Awards have been announced following more than 500 nominations from young people, parents and colleagues across the borough.
A total of 44 individuals and teams have been shortlisted across 11 award categories, with winners due to be announced at a special awards ceremony on Friday 8 July.