Library bitesize events to help residents online

4 August 2022
A series of library 'bitesize' events this summer will help residents discover the many free library services available to them directly from their phone, tablet or laptop.
Through a number of mobile applications, residents with a Thurrock library card can take advantage of free online services from their personal device, including:

Inspire Youth Hub offers advice after exam results

3 August 2022
Inspire Youth Hub Careers Advisers offer support and help for young people, allowing them to discover a world of exciting careers, training and apprenticeship opportunities.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "Our Careers Advisers provide an extremely helpful, free, friendly service that can help those who are a little unsure of what to do next after receiving their GCSE or A Level results later this month.

Waste changes to take place in September 2023

29 July 2022
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet Member for Environment, outlined at the Full Council meeting on Wednesday (27 July) that plans to introduce weekly food waste collections and other improvements to household waste services to drive up recycling, have been put on hold until 2023.

Leader joins teams on anti-social behaviour patrol

22 July 2022
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, joined members of the Housing Anti-social Behaviour Team and Environmental Enforcement officers as they patrolled known hot-spots on Wednesday 20 July.
Cllr Gledhill, who is also Cabinet member for Public Protection and Anti-social Behaviour, said: "The team regularly patrol areas that residents and our officers report to us as known trouble spots. I joined them on Wednesday as part of Anti-social Behaviour Awareness Week.

Ceremony blesses cemetery section for Nepalese Gurkha community

22 July 2022
Representatives of different faiths have taken part in a private blessing as Thurrock Council takes steps to provide a dedicated section within West Thurrock Cemetery for the Nepalese Gurkha community.
On Friday 22 July, Cllr James Halden, Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Qaisar Abbas, Cabinet Member for Communities and Equalities, and Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet Member for Environment, were joined by Man Bahadur Rai, president of the Thurrock Nepalese (Gurkha) (TNG) Community, and 40 of the TNG Community, including executive members and Gurkha veterans.

Consultation launch for Broxburn Drive development plans

20 July 2022
Proposals to build new affordable council homes with wider landscaping improvements and natural play running through and around the existing environment in South Ockendon are being explored in a consultation launched today (Wednesday 20 July).
Thurrock Council is seeking your views on proposals for Broxburn Drive as it continues to help meet the affordable housing needs of people in the borough. The new proposals include building 33 new apartments ranging from 1-bedroom to 2-bedroom properties within 6 new buildings.

Strategy recognises vital link between housing and health

20 July 2022
Thurrock Council has adopted a new housing strategy that recognises that a safe and secure home is a vital bedrock to good health and well-being.
Cllr Spillman, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "This innovative strategy focuses on making sure that our residents have access to safe, secure, stable, warm, and affordable homes and recognises that as a solid foundation from which they can protect their health and well-being.

Leader praises police in tracking down car cruiser ringleader

15 July 2022
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has hailed as a huge success the work carried out by Essex Police, Thurrock Community Policing Team, in tracking down one of the organisers behind car cruiser meets in Thurrock.
Officers were able to identify one of the owners of one of the larger car cruising Facebook pages. They then visited him and served him with a Community Protection Warning, which prevents him from:

Charges considered for abandoned shopping trolleys

14 July 2022
Thurrock Council is set to initiate a process for formally adopting powers to charge owners of abandoned shopping trollies for their collection from public land.
If the scheme goes forward following a consultation with shops and other stakeholders, it will mean the council can start charging owners for the cost of collecting, storing and returning or disposing of trollies that have been dumped in roads, parks or on other public land in the borough.

Unhygienic butcher forced to pay out over £15,000

13 July 2022
A butcher who was found keeping meat in unsafe and unsanitary conditions has been forced to pay out over £15,000 in fines and costs after appearing at Basildon Magistrates Court on Tuesday 12 July.
During a visit to Jones Meat Market, Derwent Parade, South Ockendon in July 2021, Thurrock Council Environmental Health Officers forced the owner to surrender food to protect public health after they found a number of serious food hygiene breaches. These included: