Thurrock Museum launches public vote for collection tour

4 February 2019
Thurrock Museum is taking a selection of artefacts on tour around the borough later this year – and it's up to residents to decide which objects make the cut!
From Monday 4 February to Friday 15 March, local people can vote for their favourite item out of a shortlist of 10 artefacts from the museum’s collections which illustrate the story of Thurrock's rich heritage. The 3 most popular artefacts will then be showcased in the upcoming Thurrock Museum Collections on Tour, which will circulate the borough later this year.

Wicked Wednesdays are back this half-term

31 January 2019
Wicked Wednesdays are returning to Thameside Theatre, offering a fantastic family film deal this February half-term.
This exciting scheme offers two free adult tickets for every child ticket purchased at the Thameside Theatre in Grays, with child tickets priced at just £5. To make the offer even more tantalising, each child also receives popcorn and a drink.
The offer is available for the following films during the half-term:

Public protection and anti-social behaviour successes

31 January 2019
n his first report as portfolio holder for public protection and anti-social behaviour, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill outlined a number of successes achieved over the last year.
The newly-created portfolio covers a wide range of services including:
public protection
anti-social behaviour (ASB)
environmental enforcement
Thurrock Community Safety Partnership
Major successes include:

Infrastructure-first approach to ambitious regeneration plans

31 January 2019
Thurrock Council has vowed to make sure the vital infrastructure is in place to support its ambitious regeneration plans.
The council is working closely with partners on proposed schemes across six growth areas, which will bring big infrastructure improvements to Thurrock and create thousands of new homes and jobs in the borough.
Progress continues to be made with proposed regeneration projects in Purfleet, Grays, Lakeside and Tilbury, as well as at London Gateway and Thames Enterprise Park.

Government awards £4.3m for Thames Estuary creative corridor

30 January 2019
More than £4million has been awarded towards an ambitious project to help establish the Thames Estuary as a world leader for the creative and cultural industries.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has awarded £4.3million from the Cultural Development Fund to the Thames Estuary Production Corridor (TEPC) partnership.
The funding will kick start a £6.7million #CreativeEstuary programme, which aims to unlock culture-led growth across Thurrock, south Essex and north Kent, helping establish the region as a creative hub.

Joint operation targets waste carriers

29 January 2019
A joint operation involving Essex Police, Thurrock Council and the Environment Agency saw over 20 officers hitting the streets last Friday to tackle potential fly-tippers operating in Thurrock.
Between 5pm and midnight on Friday 25 January officers stopped any vehicles they suspected of transporting waste to make sure they were properly licensed.
The team stopped around 30 vehicles and took the following action:

£1 million funding secured for extra police in Thurrock

25 January 2019
Thurrock Council has set aside £1 million funding for extra police officers over the next 3 years to help tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "Over the last 3 years Thurrock Council has been running service reviews and an investment strategy which has led to one-off budget surpluses over the next 4 years. This has allowed us to look to enhance services we know are important to our residents.

Drones to be used in the fight against environmental crime

24 January 2019
Thurrock Council will use aerial imagery from drones to help in tackling environmental crime in Thurrock.
The council will use the drones, otherwise known as unmanned aerial systems (UAS), to assist with crime prevention and to investigate crimes, as well as for site surveys and other appropriate aerial photography work.
All drone flights will be risk assessed, follow strict Civil Aviation Authority-approved procedures and be operated by qualified UAS pilots. Strict controls will also be in place to protect the safety and privacy of residents.

40mph speed limit to be introduced as part of A13 road widening

22 January 2019
Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit will come into force on the A13 from next month ahead of road widening works.
Thurrock Council’s £79million A13 project is one of the largest local authority-managed road schemes in the country and involves widening a 2.3 mile section of road from two to three lanes in both directions between the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 (The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope).

Foster carers celebrate long service at special ceremony

22 January 2019
Long-serving foster carers have been honoured at an exclusive event to mark years of inspirational work helping children in Thurrock.
On Saturday 19 January, 100 guests, including Deputy Mayor Cllr Piccolo and Cllr Little, attended a fostering celebration event held at Orsett Hall. Long service awards were presented to foster carers who have clocked up 5-plus years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and 40 years of fostering children within the borough.