Increased fines and new powers welcomed

30 November 2017
Council leaders have welcomed the government's announcement to increase the maximum fine for littering.
From April 2018, the government plans to allow councils to fine those caught littering a maximum of £150. The government also announced that for the first time, drivers will be responsible for any litter thrown from their cars.

Trading Standards nets 88,000 products in three months

24 November 2017
86% of the products examined by Thurrock Council Trading Standards are unsafe or non-compliant.
Between July and September, 97 consignments from countries including China, USA, Nigeria and Hong Kong were intercepted at ports and examined by the team.
Of 220 different products examined, 86% were found to be unsafe or non-compliant, and were stopped from making it into the hands of consumers.

Crackdown on abandoned vehicles continues

24 November 2017
Thurrock Council has continued its crackdown on unsightly abandoned vehicles in the borough.
Responding to complaints regarding vehicles left abandoned in Russell Road and Selwyn Road, Tilbury, officers from Thurrock Council's environment department identified 20 abandoned vehicles in the area during an operation on 17 November.
Notices were affixed to the cars, notifying the owners that the council will remove them after 15 days.

Give a Gift is Go!

24 November 2017
Sponsors, councillors, volunteers and foster carers have launched Give a Gift 2017 at a ribbon cutting ceremony this week (Tuesday 21 November).
Cllr Sue Little, Cabinet member for children’s social care, cut the ribbon and thanked all those who have made Give a Gift possible.
The Give a Gift project is a simple idea where people are asked to donate a present to a local child who is unlikely to receive a gift on Christmas morning.

Transgender Day of Remembrance observed

23 November 2017
Thurrock Council hosted a special flag raising event on Monday 20 November to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The cabinet member responsible for equalities and diversity, Cllr Deb Huelin, joined residents and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) Forum, to raise the Transgender Pride Flag outside the Civic Offices, Grays.
Residents and staff were also invited to a networking event in the afternoon, which offered transgender support and advice from the council’s LGBT+ Forum.

Leader announces review of war memorials and graves

21 November 2017
The Leader of Thurrock Council has announced a full review of the war memorials, monuments and graves in the borough ahead of next year's centenary marking the end of the First World War.
Cllr Rob Gledhill has asked officers, in consultation with the Royal British Legion and 'Friends of' groups, to investigate what can be done to improve the memorials, refresh the name plates and protect the monuments for future generations to pay their respects to those who have fallen.

East Tilbury Medical Centre saved

15 November 2017
The previously at-risk medical centre in East Tilbury has been saved following swift intervention from the council.
Cllr James Halden, Portfolio Holder for Health and Education, said: "As residents may remember, last year I reported that due to the debts of a former GP, the East Tilbury Medical Centre was on the brink of collapse, which frankly would have caused significant problems for local people.
"The loss of provision would have meant hundreds of patients needing to move to GP's in Stanford and Corringham, possibly adding further strain to these surgeries.

Give a Gift launches

14 November 2017
As the nights become darker and the weather gets a little colder, volunteers across lots of organisations have been busy making the final preparations for the much anticipated 'Give a Gift' project at intu Lakeside.
The Give a Gift project is a simple idea where people are asked to donate a present to a local child who is unlikely to receive a gift on Christmas morning.

Education Awards winners announced

13 November 2017
The fourth annual Thurrock Education Awards were held at the Civic Hall, Grays on Friday night (10 November).
Winners in 14 categories were announced on the evening, which also featured speeches from Cllr James Halden, Portfolio Holder for Education, and Andrew Bowen of DP World London Gateway – the main sponsor of the Thurrock Education Awards.
The host Lorna Hamilton, Headteacher of ORTU Corringham Primary, was also named winner of the Headteacher of the Year in Primary Education.