Fly-tippers caught and fined

12 August 2021
Fly-tippers were woken early this morning (12 August) to find their vehicles being seized and fines issued after they were caught illegally dumping waste in Thurrock.
The raids were part of an operation that used CCTV evidence to catch fly-tippers in the act and today resulted in 4 vehicles being seized and fines totalling £2,350 with costs of £1,040 being issued to 4 offenders for offences including fly-tipping, littering and public urination.

Students congratulated on GCSE success after tough year

12 August 2021
Thurrock Council has joined Year 11 students across the borough as they celebrated after receiving their GCSE results today (Thursday 12 August).
Despite COVID-19 disruptions, the students showed their ability to succeed during unprecedented times and once again have gained excellent results across the borough.

A-level results celebrated

10 August 2021
Thurrock students are celebrating another successful year of A-level results today (Tuesday 10 August).
Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, Thurrock has seen pupils achieving excellent results this year with looked after children achieving especially well compared to other years.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet member for children's services, said: "I'd like to congratulate our students for their resilience, determination and the results that they have worked so hard to achieve after what has been a very difficult year with COVID-19 disruptions.

Positive Ofsted findings for vulnerable children at extra-familial risk

9 August 2021
An Ofsted Focused Visit has found that "children's social care have strengthened oversight of services for children at risk of extra-familial harm in response to feedback from the 2019 Inspection, to better identify and engage with children exposed to extra-familial harm and improved the offer of support to them and their families" in their report published today (Monday 9 August).

Unveiling the Woodsman on World Ranger Day

5 August 2021
On World Ranger Day (Saturday 31 July) a restored carving of the Woodsman was unveiled at a special event at Langdon Hills Country Park, Westley Heights, in honour of the sculptor Dave Chapple.
Guests including Cllr Sue Shinnick, the Mayor of Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Deputy Mayor of Basildon, Cllr Luke Mackenzie and Basildon Cllr Chris Allen (Langdon Hills ward) attended the unveiling under COVID-19 secure guidelines.

Get wild this summer at Thurrock libraries

4 August 2021
Special nature-themed events are being held in Thurrock libraries this summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge.
This year's theme, 'Wild World Heroes', is a collaboration between The Reading Agency and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) showcasing nature and action for the environment.
To add to the fun, our libraries have organised some nature-themed events. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place, including face coverings and social distancing. Numbers will also be limited.

Thames Freeport one of the first to submit outline business case

30 July 2021
The council-backed Thames Freeport is one of the first to submit its outline business case to government.
Earlier this month Thurrock Council's Cabinet once again backed the initiative that paves the way for the government officially awarding Freeport status. Thames Freeport was one of the first of the 8 Freeports announced in March to take this next significant step.

Nuisance bikes targeted in joint operation

30 July 2021
Officers from Thurrock Council's Environmental Enforcement and Housing Garages teams joined forces with Essex Police officers in an operation to target nuisance bikers who use un-let council garages to store quad and motorbikes.
In total, officers removed 10 vehicles that they suspect of being stolen or used by anti-social off road motorcyclists. This includes 6 motor bikes, 2 quad bikes and 2 cars. They were all being stored illegally in council garages without permission.

Ground-breaking study into sexual exploitation within the borough

29 July 2021
Victims and potential victims of adult sexual exploitation (ASE) will be better protected thanks to a ground-breaking study by Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Board (TSAB) and the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) at London Metropolitan University (LMU).
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for adults and communities, said: "Once again Thurrock leads the way with a fantastic piece of exploratory work, this time partnered with LMU to investigate the deeply unsettling issue of sexual exploitation in adults, and young people transitioning into adulthood, in the borough.

Health reforms recognise local strengths

28 July 2021
Thurrock Council has welcomed the Secretary of State for Health's decision that strong local arrangements already in place mean health services in the East of England will not be changed along local authority boundary lines.
Cllr Allen Mayes, Cabinet member for health, said: "We are delighted that the government has recognised that the work ongoing here in Thurrock, and indeed Essex and the wider East of England region, to ensure we have joined up health and care services means that services do not need to be reformed like they are in the majority of the rest of the country.