Encampments being moved on during pandemic

10 June 2020
Thurrock Council continues to work with unauthorised encampments to make sure they can be moved on across the borough, in a way which is compassionate, understanding and safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "During this time it is vital that we continue to manage unauthorised encampments using interim injunction procedures and make sure nobody is put at unnecessary risk, while considering any impacts on the local community."

Vehicle seized following fly-tipping offences

9 June 2020
A prolific fly-tipper from Corringham has been forced to pay £1,460 and had their vehicle seized after being caught for a series of fly-tips around Thurrock.
Thurrock Council's Environment Enforcement officers acted on reports of fly-tipping and successfully tracked down the offender on the morning of Monday 8 June with Essex Police. The offender's large van was seized.
One of the original fly-tipping offences occurred in Howell Road in Stanford-le-Hope on Monday 18 May.

Residents urged to behave responsibly outdoors

5 June 2020
Following the relaxation of government lockdown restrictions on Monday 1 June, Thurrock Council is reminding residents to take care of the borough's parks when visiting them.
Cabinet member for environment, Cllr Aaron Watkins, said: "We're pleased to see that residents have been making the most of Thurrock's parks while following social distancing guidelines and keeping two metres away from others.

Motorists reminded of A13 closure, 5 June to 8 June

4 June 2020
A section of the A13 beneath the Orsett Cock roundabout will be closed this weekend to enable the next phase of works to be completed safely.
The closure takes place from 9pm on Friday 5 June until 5am on Monday 8 June. Traffic will be diverted via the exit and entry slip roads.

Working with residents to shape Thurrock housing ambitions

3 June 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Barry Johnson, has announced that Derry Avenue and the Humber Avenue/Garron Lane sites will no longer be considered as possible locations for development following resident feedback.
Cllr Johnson said: "I can confirm that Thurrock Council will no longer explore the possibility of developing housing on Derry Avenue and the Humber Avenue/Garron Lane sites.

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action is here to help

2 June 2020
Whilst some lockdown restrictions are easing, Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA) continues to offer help and support to vulnerable residents in the borough.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "Whilst we recognise that some lockdown restrictions are starting to lift, there are still residents who are being contacted by the NHS in regards to shielding. I urge those who have recently received a text or letter from the NHS to say they are in the shielding category, to please sign up for support as soon as possible if they need it.

Council meetings available online

2 June 2020
Thurrock Council will take advantage of video conferencing technology to enable certain council meetings to take place while ensuring social distancing rules are strictly followed.
Meetings will be held either:

Housing list and weekly bidding cycles to start again

2 June 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Barry Johnson, is pleased to announce that following updated guidance the council will be restarting weekly bidding cycles on Thursday 11 June for those on the housing register.
Cllr Barry Johnson, said: "Now that the government has amended the coronavirus guidance to make clear that people who wish to move home can do so, we are pleased to confirm that housing applicants will once again be able to make bids and arrange mutual exchanges.

Thurrock voluntary group gets prestigious award

2 June 2020
A voluntary group from Thurrock has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS) – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
St John the Baptist Church and Tilbury Foodbank is among 230 charities, social enterprises and volunteer-led groups working in the community to receive the prestigious award in 2020. Recipients of the honour, chosen for their exceptional service to their local community, are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

Financial help for small and micro businesses

29 May 2020
Small and micro businesses could benefit from vital government funding to help them get through the financial uncertainty caused by coronavirus.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance, said: "The new government funded Discretionary Business Grant Scheme could be just the lifeline that many smaller and micro sized businesses which have suffered financially as a result of coronavirus are looking for.