Gritting crews ready for winter

9 November 2018
New gritters have been in action for the first time as Thurrock Council continues to invest in keeping people safe on the borough's roads.
Following a drop in temperatures earlier this month, the council's new fleet of specialist multi-purpose vehicles – which also carry out road maintenance work – were used for gritting for the very first time.

Aladdin panto promises to go off with a bang

7 November 2018
The stars of this year's much-anticipated pantomime lit up last night's spectacular fireworks display in Orsett.
Cast including former TOWIE regular and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Dan Osborne were at Orsett Showground promoting this year's production of Aladdin at the Thameside Theatre in Grays.
The stars also spent time promoting the Polka Dot Pantomimes show at intu Lakeside yesterday, letting shoppers know all about the upcoming panto.

Lodge Lane parking enforcement

6 November 2018
Thurrock Council is in the process of reviewing the traffic regulation order in Lodge Lane.
The review will consider resident requests and feedback in line with legislation, with the safety of the road being priority. It is expected that findings from this review will be reported in the next 2 weeks.
Following a refresh of the yellow lines in the road several months ago, Civil Enforcement Officers have been enforcing a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that has been in place for many years and pre-dated decriminalisation in 2005.

Anti-social tenant banned from his home after neighbours raise concerns

6 November 2018
A tenant who was making his neighbours' lives a misery by turning his home into a hangout for local drug dealers and addicts has been banned from entering his home thanks to action taken by Thurrock Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team.
Mark Palmer, 45, cannot enter or use his home in Copperbeach Road, Grays, after Basildon Magistrates granted Thurrock Council a closure order on the property at a hearing on Thursday 1 November.

Thousands more council tenants to benefit from ultrafast gigabit broadband

5 November 2018
More than 1,400 social housing tenants in Thurrock will very soon have access to ultrafast gigabit broadband, with thousands more set to follow.
Last year, Thurrock Council agreed a pioneering partnership with Hyperoptic – the UK's largest gigabit broadband provider – to install its full fibre broadband across 12 of its social housing developments.
With that phase of the project almost complete, the council has now extended the agreement with Hyperoptic to a further 20 social housing developments in Thurrock.

Housing performance report presented to full Council

1 November 2018
A report presented to Wednesday's meeting of full Council (31 October) examined the Housing service's performance and key achievements over the past year and looked forward to building work starting on dozens of new council homes in the borough.
It also highlighted ambitious regeneration plans to create over 1,000 new homes over the next 5 years.
The council’s new build programme is set to create 117 new council homes. There will be:

Statement on legal action over Lower Thames Crossing proposals

1 November 2018
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "I am pleased that members have supported my motion to explore a judicial review or any other legal action that might be possible against Highways England and their abysmal Lower Thames Crossing proposals.
"The Lower Thames crossing will be a 3-lane motorway, all of which is above ground, tearing through the heart of Thurrock and creating a visible scar on our landscape.

Positive outlook for adults and children's social care

1 November 2018
The work being done across adults and children's social care in Thurrock has been praised at a meeting of the full Council on Wednesday 31 October.
A report presented by Cllr Sue Little, portfolio holder for social care, explored the key initiatives across both services that are performing strongly.
Children's social care services singled out for praise included:

Thurrock Business Board backs council's opposition of Lower Thames Crossing scheme

31 October 2018
Businesses in Thurrock have vowed to support Thurrock Council in its opposition of the "wholly inadequate" Lower Thames Crossing proposals.
Thurrock Business Board discussed Highways England's proposed scheme at its latest meeting on Monday and, having previously given the plans its conditional support, its members concluded that the latest proposals now offered no tangible benefits for the borough's businesses.

Innovative new scheme launches to support young people with autism

26 October 2018
Construction has officially begun this week on the development of a new supported housing complex in Thurrock for young people with autism.
Taking place at Medina Road in Grays, the development will deliver six new fully adapted standard homes for people who live with autism. The development is the first of its kind for Thurrock and will provide personalised care and support for residents 24 hours a day.
The ground breaking event took place at the Medina Road site in Grays on Thursday 25 October to mark the beginning of the construction work.