Primary school admissions to open in November

27 October 2020
The next round of applications for primary school places in Thurrock opens on Monday 2 November 2020.
Parents and carers of children who were born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 will be able to apply for a primary school place from this date. The deadline for this round of applications is 11.59pm on Friday 15 January 2021.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for education, said: "This November we welcome parents and carers to submit applications for their children who are due to start primary school next Autumn.

Thurrock Council wins finance award for ground-breaking debt initiative

23 October 2020
Thurrock Council has won the 'Solutions Partner' award at the Public Finance Awards 2020 for their ground-breaking 'single view of debt' initiative.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance, said: "Again, Thurrock Council's team have led the way with an innovative piece of work, this time in bringing together the many forms of household debt the council manages into a single, unified system.

Private and online tributes to lead Remembrance commemorations

21 October 2020
Thurrock residents are encouraged to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day privately this November with commemorations at home. 
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "I understand how important marking these occasions are to Thurrock's residents, but it needs to be done in a different way this year as everyone continues to play their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus.

Applications open for exciting apprenticeship opportunities

19 October 2020
Thurrock Council has opened applications for a range of apprenticeships across its services.
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for central services, said: "Through to Sunday 1 November, people will be able to explore the new apprenticeships we have available within the council and submit an online application.
"Whether it’s in business administration, project management or a bespoke offer from one of our services, apprenticeships are a great way to 'earn while you learn', providing on-the-job-training whilst studying for a nationally-recognised qualification."

Statement on Thurrock Council's investment policy

16 October 2020
Ahead of coverage likely to appear in the national press this weekend (17/18 October) about an active court case, Thurrock Council would like to offer reassurance around its successful investment strategy.
Thurrock Council has been open about its investment strategy and the benefits it brings to residents, not least the £65million of additional income earned over the last 2 years as a result of these investments.

Thurrock remains at Tier 1 Medium local COVID alert level

16 October 2020
Thurrock will remain at the lowest Tier 1 Local COVID Alert Level of Medium while neighbouring Essex County Council and London boroughs go into Tier 2 High alert restrictions from tomorrow (Saturday 17 October).
This means residents living in Thurrock will need to continue to follow national social distancing guidance, including the rule of six, and remember to follow 'hands, face, space' advice.

Avoid the A13 road closure this weekend

16 October 2020
A section of the A13 between the A128 junction (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 junction (Stanford-le-Hope) will be closed this weekend.
The closure takes place from 9pm, Friday 16 October until 5am, Monday 19 October. Local traffic will be diverted via the A1013 Stanford Road.
During the closure, access to and from the Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre (the tip) will be through the Linford end of Buckingham Hill Road only.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area where possible. Measures will be put in place to help keep local traffic on the move.

Waste Strategy decision deferred

15 October 2020
The Waste Strategy item on the Cabinet meeting agenda for Wednesday 14 October has been deferred to allow councillors more time to research and gain a greater understanding of the highly complex information which has led to the recommendations.
Cllr Aaron Watkins, Cabinet member for environment, said: "I would like to thank the members of the Waste Management Working Group. They have done an excellent job over the last year and produced a highly detailed report about an extremely complex subject which impacts every household in the borough.

Action to manage financial situation already underway

15 October 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet, at its meeting on Wednesday 14 October, heard that work is already underway to close a £19million budget gap caused largely by the coronavirus pandemic.
As well as ensuring more is done to protect the most vulnerable members of our community throughout the pandemic, the council has also collected less revenue from business rates and council tax, so as to offer relief to hard-pressed residents and businesses.