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.

Film to help find foster carers in Thurrock

11 October 2021
Thurrock Council's Fostering Service has joined forces with colleagues from across the country to create a new film aimed at helping to find more foster carers who can provide homes for the children and young people who need them.
The short film, called 'Out There', highlights the ways fostering can make a difference to the lives of everyone involved, from the children and young people who live with foster carers, to those who come forward to care for them.

Quit for good this Stoptober

6 October 2021
Thurrock Council is calling on the borough's smokers to quit for Stoptober and join the 2.3 million others who have made a quit attempt since it launched in 2012.
Cllr Allen Mayes, Cabinet member for health, said: "Smoking remains one of the leading causes of premature death. Smoking is also a significant health issue here in Thurrock where around 680 people die prematurely from smoking every year.

Tilbury parents invited to have a say on early years services

4 October 2021
Thurrock Council has launched a consultation aimed at parents of younger children living in Tilbury, to help make sure they have access to the best early years support possible.
The consultation, set to close on Friday 8 November, will be used to transform the way services offered by the 2 council-run nurseries in Tilbury – Little Pirates and Neptune – are provided.

Nuisance motorcyclists to be targeted by council and police

1 October 2021
Nuisance motorcyclists in Thurrock will are to be targeted by the long arm of the law thanks to a new focus from Thurrock Council and Essex Police.
A report at next week's Cleaner, Greener, Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee will hear that joint working will see a crackdown to tackle all aspects of this highly disruptive and dangerous form of anti-social behaviour.

Tenders out for Stanford train station build

30 September 2021
Work to progress the major redevelopment of Stanford-le-Hope railway station is now moving at pace following the successful planning application in the summer.
Thurrock Council shared invitations to tender in September after asking for expressions of interest in August. The council's Planning Committee granted planning approval in July, after the committee deferred a decision in February.

173 much-needed new homes approved

30 September 2021
Thurrock Council reached a significant milestone as planning permission is granted for 173 new homes in South Ockendon to help to meet the demand for new high quality and affordable homes in the borough.
The former Culver Centre and Culver Field will be developed to include a mix of 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments, and 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom houses. The 4.5 hectare site will also feature improved public open space, communal amenity space, and cycle parking.

Safer Streets off to a great start in Grays

21 September 2021
In the first few weeks of the new Safer Streets scheme in Grays, the council's Community Engagement Officers have hit the ground running, playing a key role in the arrest of a drug dealer and the jailing of a prolific shoplifter.
Increased enforcement in the town centre as a result of the scheme has also seen 28 Fixed Penalty Notices issued in connection with littering, fly-posting and the Public Space Protection Order for street drinking offences.