Leader's concern at Essex County proposal to escalate COVID-19 restrictions

13 October 2020
Thurrock Council Leader, Councillor Rob Gledhill, has criticised Essex County Council's request to the Secretary of State for Health that they be put into a higher local COVID-19 alert category immediately.
Their actions could have far reaching implications for Thurrock's businesses and residents, who may also be forced into the higher category of restriction because of this request despite the fact that Thurrock has the 126th lowest rate of infection out of 149 local authorities nationwide.

Leader responds to local COVID-19 alert level

12 October 2020
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has responded to speculation in the local media about the local COVID-19 alert levels and made clear the position for Thurrock.
Cllr Gledhill said: "Thurrock has the 126th lowest rate of infection out of 149 local authorities nationwide, therefore the government’s announcement today that we are in Tier 1 – Medium alert level is wholly appropriate for us based on the current evidence.

Thurrock celebrates National Adoption Week

12 October 2020
Thurrock Council is celebrating National Adoption Week – from Monday 12 October to Sunday 18 October – by hosting an online information session for those interested in welcoming a child or young person into their lives through adoption.

Outdoor gym, fitness trails and youth club boost for Tilbury

8 October 2020
Fitness trails, an outdoor gym and a £40,000 investment in Tilbury Youth Centre are just 3 projects identified by Tilbury Town Board to kick-start the town's transformation, as part of the government's £3.6billion Towns Fund.
A lump sum of £500,000 has been received from the Towns Fund. This cash injection will accelerate investment in Tilbury and enable the board to support schemes including:

Changes to boost borough recycling rates

6 October 2020
Proposed changes to waste collections in Thurrock will help boost recycling rates while ensuring that weekly collections of food waste and dry recycling are maintained.
The changes have been recommended by the cross-party Waste Management Working Group and form part of a comprehensive Municipal Waste Strategy for Thurrock, which sets the agenda to boost recycling in the next decade.
Proposals include:

Hard work of council staff highlighted in report to Council

1 October 2020
Significant achievements across core services and the dedication of council workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have been highlighted in a report presented to Full Council.
The report, delivered by Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for central services and communities, showcased the work of services across her portfolio.

Council Tax boost for Thurrock Council foster carers

29 September 2020
An innovative plan could see Thurrock foster carers living in the borough given a huge financial boost by making them exempt from paying Council Tax.
People will become eligible for total exemption from Thurrock Council Tax if they:
live in Thurrock
are approved Thurrock Council Foster Carers
are available to foster in line with council policies
This represents a saving of £1,600 a year on a band D property.

Scaffolding company fined for unauthorised vehicle movements in Stanford-le-Hope

28 September 2020
Acting on complaints from residents, Thurrock Council has successfully brought a prosecution against a nuisance scaffolding company, which has cost them more than £1,000 in fines and costs.
NXT GEN Scaffolding pleaded guilty at Southend Magistrates Court on Wednesday 23 September for breaching notices served in December last year to cease out-of-hours movements of vehicles entering and leaving Stanhope Industrial Estate in Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope.

Traffic measures to make Ockendon Academy pupils safer

25 September 2020
A new crossing point, traffic calming measures, new yellow lines and off-road parking bays will be installed outside the Harris Ockendon Academy to help make the route safer for pupils going to and from school.
The announcement follows a recent incident in which a child was injured after being involved in a collision with a car as they crossed Erriff Drive, Ockendon, on their bike.

Hospital trust invited to overview and scrutiny meeting

21 September 2020
Thurrock Council's Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee will hear from senior hospital trust members from Basildon University Hospital – part of the Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group – about improvements they have made following the findings of a Quality Care Commission (CQC) inspection of their maternity unit.
The maternity unit was given an inadequate rating after an unannounced focused inspection carried out by the CQC in June 2020.