Clean and green services record high score in national survey

18 December 2019
Thurrock Council's investment into 'Clean It, Cut It', continues to make strides, with improvements made in more than half of its green and clean service areas in the past year, according to a recent inspection by Keep Britain Tidy.
Figures recorded in this year's Keep Britain Tidy Local Environmental Quality Survey of England (LEQSE) reveal that the council has made clear improvements in its clean and green services with seven out of 10 areas, including public footpaths and rural roads, demonstrating vast improvements and being well within target.

Arts and culture fund open for expressions of interest

18 December 2019
A new £25,000 grant programme, aimed at supporting projects that use arts and culture to help build strong and well-connected communities, has opened for expressions of interest.
Funded by Thurrock Council, the Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) will enable local artists and arts organisations to bid for up to £4,000 to support arts and cultural projects in Thurrock.

Days of action tackle rogue landlords in Corringham and Purfleet

17 December 2019
Thurrock Council is warning private landlords renting shared houses or flats in the borough to ensure their properties are licensed correctly.
The council’s Private Housing team held a day of action on Wednesday 20 November in Corringham, and another a week later on Tuesday 3 December in Purfleet, to crack down on private landlords renting unlicensed shared houses or flats to three or four unrelated people – known as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Council named as finalist in prestigious awards

17 December 2019
Thurrock Council has been recognised for its positive work in the fight against environmental crime by being shortlisted for a national award.
The council's environmental enforcement team was recently announced as a finalist for Environmental Team of the Year in the prestigious Keep Britain Tidy Awards 2020. Nominations in this category champion a team that:

Keeping Thurrock clean and green over Christmas

17 December 2019
Join the many other Thurrock residents who are doing their bit to stay green and recycle this Christmas.
Special small electrical recycling drop-off points will be made available throughout the borough to safely and responsibly dispose of items such as kettles, toasters and hairdryers over the festive period. Each collection point will be set up for one day only and will visit Grays, Tilbury, Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Orsett, South Ockendon and Aveley between Monday 6 January and Monday 14 January 2020.

Thurrock Young Musician winners announced

13 December 2019
Last month, Thurrock Young Musician took place at the Gateway Academy hosted by Rotary Club of Grays, Gateway Academy and Thurrock Music Services.
The competition offers young people the experience of performing on a public stage, the opportunity to showcase their musical talent and receive impartial feedback and assessment of their performance by Nigel Hiscock, an experienced adjudicator who is a professional musician living in Thurrock.

Joint work leads to arrests in East Tilbury

11 December 2019
Team work between Thurrock Council’s environmental enforcement team and Essex Police has led to the discovery of a suspected cannabis cultivation site.
On Friday, 6 December, a member of the council’s enforcement team was investigating a suspected fly-tipping incident near the car wash in Princes Margaret Road, East Tilbury, when he noticed suspicious activity. After calling Essex Police, their officers conducted a search and found a number of plants believed to be cannabis.

Free Parking in Thurrock this December

6 December 2019
Shoppers and businesses in Thurrock have received a welcome boost after Thurrock Council announced local parking will be free every Saturday in December for the third year running.
The initiative, which kicks off on Saturday 7 December, includes all council-owned car parks, as well as its pay and display on-street parking.
It will make it easier for residents to shop locally and have a positive impact on the local economy as shoppers take advantage of the free parking to do their Christmas shopping in the borough’s excellent town centre shops.

Thurrock memorial flame to feature in Holocaust anniversary exhibition

5 December 2019
A memorial flame created by an East Tilbury stone masonry company in partnership with Thurrock Council will appear in a national art exhibition to mark 75 years of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Madstone Ltd, which designed and installed the Holocaust Memorial in Palmers Rest Gardens, Grays, put together the successful submission chosen as one of 75 flames to represent each year since the liberation of Auschwitz. The flames will be displayed in an exhibition and unveiled at the UK ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day in London on Monday 27 January 2020.