Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre permit scheme for trailers and vans in Thurrock

14 February 2018
Thurrock Council has announced a new free permit scheme for residents using a van or trailer at the East Tilbury 'Tip' for domestic waste.
The Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre will continue to take domestic waste if brought by car.
The new scheme will reduce visitor queues, improve capacity on-site and reduce abuse of the site from non-Thurrock residents.
The permit, which will be valid for a year will give local van and trailer drivers a permit with 12 visit tabs which will be stamped on each visit.

Stolen gully covers are dangerous to public

9 February 2018
In the last three days, thieves have stolen 16 gully covers from Thurrock’s roads creating, dangerous conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and road users.
Portfolio Holder for highways, Cllr Brian Little said: “On or around the 7 February five covers were stolen along with nine more being taken two days later and two more today (Friday 9 February).
“This reckless behaviour is putting the safety of road-users at risk and is completely unacceptable.”
16 known covers have been stolen although more could have been taken which are yet to be discovered.

Kynoch People Exhibition at Thameside

9 February 2018
Thurrock Council’s Museum World War 1 volunteers are presenting the final part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Kynoch exhibition.
The free exhibition will be hosted in Thameside Complex in Grays on the ground floor for nearly three weeks starting on Monday 26 February. 
The final part of the popular exhibition will show new information uncovered and inspired by visitors of the previous events.

New Home Care contracts awarded in Thurrock

7 February 2018
Letters will be making their way to residents this week announcing two new providers delivering home care in Thurrock.
John Stanley and Thurrock Care at Home – our council service – will continue to deliver home care in parts of the borough, but we are also introducing two new organisations: Guardian Home Care and Castlerock.
Not all care providers will change for residents, but those that do will be introduced over the next few months with current providers staying in place in the interim.

By-election in Ockendon ward called for March

7 February 2018
Following Kevin Wheeler's resignation as an elected member for Ockendon Ward, a by-election has been called for March.
The by-election is scheduled to be held on Thursday 22 March 2018.
Only voters in the Ockendon ward will be eligible to vote and the polling stations on the day will be:

Business Conference celebrates growth

6 February 2018
Thurrock Business Conference took place on Thursday 25 January 2018, providing support and inspiration for Thurrock businesses. Over 100 local businesses attended the event, held at the Civic Hall, Grays.
The BEST Growth Hub, along with 13 other business support organisations, joined delegates and provided new and existing businesses with expert advice and guidance.

Fraud team success

6 February 2018
Thurrock Council's Fraud Service has uncovered and brought to justice a former housing officer after it was found she was helping people she knew unfairly access council housing.
Rachel Thomas, 31, of Gumley Close in Grays, pleaded guilty to manipulating internal records to help three people gain access to properties at Chelmer Housing.
The three who benefitted – Sara Kiel, Lisa Nelson and Billy Nelson – also pleaded guilty to fraud offences in relation to the housing applications they submitted to the council.

New council homes as Belmont Road development gets the go ahead

6 February 2018
Councillors agreed unanimously at Full Council last week (Wednesday 31 January) to fund Thurrock Regeneration Limited (TRL) to deliver 80 new homes and bungalows at Belmont Road, Grays – a scheme that will include 28 new council houses.
The new approach to funding new council homes is both innovative and ground breaking, reinvesting right-to-buy receipts along with other capital receipts to acquire 28 much needed new council homes for Thurrock residents on the housing register.

War Memorial gets a refresh

6 February 2018
Thurrock Council, in consultation with the Royal British Legion Society (RBLS) and the World War One Commemorative Events Committee, will be replacing two trees near the Grays Cenotaph with new lower level planting.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: "The trees were becoming too big for the beds and growing too high and interfering with the flag pole close by.
"We know this area is important to Thurrock and in our ongoing work commemorating the centenary of World War 1 to honour British troops, I’m very pleased to see improvements being made.

Housing Overview and Scrutiny extraordinary meeting rescheduled

6 February 2018
Today's meeting (Tuesday 6 February) Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be rescheduled after the chair requested further work is undertaken to better inform the committee reports.
The meeting was set up specifically to look in detail at the customer experience of survivors of domestic abuse and people with mental health conditions approaching the homelessness team.
Upon receiving the report last week, the Chair of the committee took the decision to postpone and reschedule the committee meeting.