The Red Ensign flies high on Merchant Navy Day in Thurrock

3 September 2021
Thurrock Council has raised the Red Ensign Flag at a special event in honour of Merchant Navy Day today (Friday 3 September).
The flag was raised outside the Civic Offices, Grays, to recognise past and present seafarers and celebrate the contribution that they have made throughout history.
Attendees at the event, held under COVID-19 secure guidelines, included Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, and Mayor of Thurrock Cllr Sue Shinnick.

Grays Safer Streets launch

20 August 2021
An event held in Grays yesterday (19 August) launched the start of £625,000 in new safety initiatives set to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the town centre, thanks to Government Safer Streets funding.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "A great deal of work is set to take place to help make Grays High Street safer thanks to £432,000 government funding secured by a joint bid we made along with the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. This has been bolstered by an additional £193,000 in match funding, bringing the total available to £625,000.

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.

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.