Thurrock celebrates best ever KS2 results

12 July 2019
Primary schools in Thurrock are celebrating after initial Key Stage 2 results revealed the percentage of 11 year-olds achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths is higher than ever before.
The number of pupils achieving this expected standard across all 3 subjects combined has risen from 66% in 2018 to 70% in 2019. This year's result is also higher than the national figure of 65% for these subjects combined, as reported by the Department for Education.

Performance report shares council successes in 2018/19

11 July 2019
More young people in education or employment, potholes being filled more quickly and more new apprentices recruited were just some of the notable successes for Thurrock Council last year.
An end of year performance report, presented at a meeting of the council’s Cabinet tonight (Wednesday 10 July), showed 68% of the authority's performance indicator targets were met in 2018/19 – up from 66 per cent in 2017/18, 59% in 2016/17 and 49% in 2015/16.
Among the indicators highlighted in the report were:

Man fined and car seized after being caught on CCTV fly-tipping

10 July 2019
A man has been fined and his vehicle seized after being caught on CCTV fly-tipping in South Ockendon.
Eight bags of household rubbish were dumped at the roadside in Dennises Lane at 1:30am on Sunday 30 June.
The offence was reported to Thurrock Council and swiftly investigated.
A car was this morning (Wednesday 10 July) seized in connection with the fly-tip and a Thurrock resident was interviewed and subsequently fined £400 and ordered to pay £220 costs. The resident has already paid in full and the vehicle will now be returned.

Call for complete re-think on CCG merger proposals

10 July 2019
Thurrock Council has criticised NHS England's "dreadful" proposals to merge the 5 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in south and mid-Essex.
Initial discussions have been held with the various CCG boards, including Thurrock CCG, about a potential switch to create a single executive structure, with a view to then forming a single CCG in the near future.
Thurrock Council fears the loss of local accountability and strong existing partnerships, together with the varying needs and combined size of the 5 affected areas, mean the proposals are flawed.

Travellers moved on from Blackshots, Grays

10 July 2019
Essex Police and Thurrock Council have once again taken swift action against illegal incursions in the borough with a large encampment at Blackshots, Grays being evicted within 24 hours.
An incursion of 16 vehicles was reported to the council at approximately 9pm on Monday 8 July when they set up an unauthorised encampment on King George V memorial play field by Blackshots Leisure Centre.

Residents' views sought in polling station review

9 July 2019
Residents are invited to have their say in a public consultation reviewing what voting facilities are like in Thurrock.
The consultation, which runs until Sunday 18 August, offers everyone in the parliamentary constituencies of Thurrock or South Basildon and East Thurrock an opportunity to give their views on the polling districts, places and stations currently used in Thurrock's 20 electoral wards. Local political parties, MPs and councillors can also have their say on factors including location and accessibility, and provide suggestions for improvement.

Join the Space Chase this summer!

9 July 2019
Children of all ages can take part in an out-of-this-world adventure as the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge returns to Thurrock this month.
From Saturday 13 July to Saturday 14 September, pre-schoolers, children and young adults can join in this year's challenge, Space Chase, at libraries in Aveley, Belhus, Blackshots, Chadwell, Corringham, East Tilbury, Grays, Stanford-le-Hope and Tilbury.

World War One memorial artwork goes on show in Grays

8 July 2019
Community-inspired artwork marking 100 years since the end of the First World War will be on display in Grays next week.
From Tuesday 9 July to Thursday 18 July, local residents and visitors can study a collection of arts, crafts, poetry and homemade poppies on the first floor gallery space of the Thameside Complex in Orsett Road, Grays during normal opening hours.

Leaseholders hear exciting plans for Grays Town Centre

5 July 2019
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has met with leaseholders operating businesses near the Civic Offices to talk to them about exciting plans for Grays Town Centre and the opportunities it will create for them.

Work on Grays' 2-way system to begin by autumn

5 July 2019
Works to create a new 2-way system in Grays town centre are expected to get underway by the autumn.
Thurrock Council's plans involve significant changes to Orsett Road to allow 2-way traffic between Derby Road and Stanley Road, as well as the upgrading and installation of pedestrian crossings, resurfacing work and various other highways improvements.
Temporary traffic lights will be in use during the works and some weekend road closures will be required, with diversions in place.