Free parking throughout December

8 December 2017
Shoppers in Thurrock get a boost this Christmas as local parking will be free each Saturday in December.
The offer covers all council-owned car parks, as well as pay and display on-street parking.
Portfolio Holder for Highways, Cllr Brian Little said: “These days Christmas shopping can mean anything from getting your food at the local market, buying cards from a local seller on Facebook, or a trip to the local butchers.

New hub for Aveley progressing well

7 December 2017
Good progress is being made on the new Aveley Community Hub, as the development moves closer to being able to provide vital services to the community.
A report to be presented by Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Cllr Mark Coxshall, next week (Wednesday 13 December) gives an update on progress, consultation and design, as well as outlining the next steps.
The expected design of the building will include:

Free under-30s employment scheme a hit in Thurrock

7 December 2017
Almost 600 young people have signed up for Thurrock Council's new £3m OnTrack youth employment initiative – a completely free, tailor-made career support service aimed at unemployed 16 to 29 year-olds in the borough.
OnTrack is the only programme of its kind in Essex and the East of England. It provides free access to:
further education
help with CVs, applications and interview preparation
Industries that OnTrack has helped young people to enter into include:

Free parking returns to King Street Car Park for Christmas

7 December 2017
Thurrock Council has negotiated an agreement with the owners of King Street Car Park, Stanford-le-Hope to provide 2-hours free parking over the Christmas and New Year period.
From Saturday 9 December, residents and businesses in Stanford-le-Hope will benefit from being able to park for two 2-free of charge, after Thurrock Council agreed to block book 32 spaces and offer them to visitors on that basis.

Relaxed performance of Beauty and the Beast

5 December 2017
A relaxed performance of Christmas panto Beauty and the Beast, starring X Factor's Stevi Ritchie, is taking place on Monday 18 December from 6:30pm at Thameside Theatre.
Everyone is welcome, but relaxed performances are designed specifically for those who will benefit from a more relaxed theatre experience.

More to come from Thurrock Environment team

5 December 2017
Thurrock Council's Environment Portfolio Holder has provided his annual report to members, highlighting the many areas which have been delivered in the past year as well as plans for further investment and improvements.
Presenting his report to the Full Council meeting last week (Wednesday 29 November), Cllr Aaron Watkins said that 'clean it, cut it, fill it' has helped make Thurrock a place people are proud to live in.

Council commitment continues to help young people reach opportunities

4 December 2017
The development of a new scheme to improve the life skills of care leavers and vulnerable young people will be discussed at Thurrock Council's Corporate Parenting committee next week (Tuesday 6 December).
A report asks the committee to comment on a trial-run of the scheme – called 'Head Start' – and give support to the ongoing development of the programme so more opportunities can be made available.

Christmas 1917 at the Thameside Complex

4 December 2017
Thurrock Museum Volunteers are presenting a free exhibition called 'Christmas 1917' at the Thameside Complex in Grays this December.
The exhibition reviews the events of 1917 at home and abroad, and looks at how people celebrated the festive season during World War 1.
Linking the group's previous shows, the year will be remembered for the Battle of Passchendaele, where British troops fought in a battle that became infamous for its mud and huge loss of life. Torrential rain turned the landscape into a thick mud bath that immobilised tanks and made weapons unusable.

An historic moment for Purfleet redevelopment

1 December 2017
The £1billion Purfleet regeneration project takes another step forward on Monday (4 December).
In the first phase of the ambitious project, there will be:
a bridge over the railway line to replace the level crossing
new road connections
additional school places
an integrated medical centre
a children’s play area
improvements to the riverfront walkway
new shops, cafés and restaurants
When the whole scheme is completed, there will be:

NHS consultation launched

1 December 2017
NHS England has published a wide-ranging consultation, which includes questions on the future of services currently provided at Orsett Hospital.
The consultation, run by the Mid and South Essex CCG Joint Committee, incorporates plans for 4 new Integrated medical centres across the borough, which were previously announced by Thurrock Council.
Portfolio Holder for Health, Cllr James Halden, said: "I welcome the publication of the consultation – we intend to respond fully and constructively. This is about getting hospital services closer to the people in modern facilities.