Report highlights rise in standard of schools and GP surgeries

28 June 2018
Schools, the NHS and other partners have been praised by Thurrock Council following a successful year for education and healthcare in Thurrock.
Cllr James Halden, the council’s portfolio holder for education and health, congratulated everyone involved as he provided his annual report at the meeting of full council last night (27 June).
Among the accomplishments highlighted were:

All residents safe following flat fire in Chadwell

28 June 2018
Robust emergency procedures and quick action from officers from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Thurrock Council officers meant that not a single person was injured as the result of a fire in a seventh floor flat in a Chadwell St Mary tower block.
The fire broke out at 5:48pm on Tuesday evening (26 June). It was contained to the flat where it started and nearly all residents were able to stay in their homes as the rest of the block suffered little or no damage.

Injunction sought to prohibit illegal traveller incursions

25 June 2018
Thurrock Council is set to apply for a borough-wide injunction prohibiting travellers from setting up illegal encampments on council property including parks, playgrounds and other green spaces.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "I authorised work to start the evidence gathering last year and it was the first thing I asked to be brought forward on taking on this new portfolio for anti-social behaviour in May.

Silent Soldiers at Grays War Memorial

25 June 2018
A pair of Silent Soldiers will stand guard at Grays War Memorial from Monday to mark the centenary of the final year of the first world war.
Two stunning silhouettes of World War 1 (WW1) Tommies were unveiled on Armed Forces Day, Monday 25 June.
Work will also take place at war memorials across the borough as Thurrock prepares to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 in November.

Calling all apprentices - start your career with us today

25 June 2018
Thurrock Council has 30 apprenticeships available in a variety of service areas including:
adult social care
business administration
town planning
civil engineering
sports turf maintenance
commercial procurement
heavy goods vehicle maintenance
customer services
With an apprenticeship at the council you will earn while you learn, working full time gaining lots of valuable experience at the same time as studying for a recognised qualification.

Peter Braham - from Jamaica to Thurrock

20 June 2018
When he first arrived in the UK, Peter Braham couldn't understand why his parents had chosen to start a new life in a country without sunshine, but looking back 59 years later he is glad his family had emigrated from the Jamaican countryside as part of the 'Windrush generation' in the 1950s.

In the 59 years since he moved here, Peter has raised a family, established a successful TV repair business and is now happily semi-retired and enjoying the fruits of his labours, all in Thurrock.

Agriculture to industry - the evolution of Thurrock since 1948

20 June 2018
On 22 June 1948, 492 migrants from the Caribbean disembarked at Tilbury Docks, arriving in response to adverts to help Great Britain in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Thurrock has changed immeasurably since that time, but just what would have greeted the new arrivals 70 years ago and how would it have compared with what the borough looks like today?

Grays butcher fined for food hygiene offences

19 June 2018
A butcher from Grays has been forced to pay out over £3,600 after Thurrock Council's Environmental Health team discovered he was selling potentially dangerous meat.
Michael Williams – owner of Williams Butchers Ltd, Crammavill Street, Grays – pleaded guilty to 4 food hygiene offences when he appeared at Southend Magistrates Court on Wednesday 13 June.
He was fined £1,600 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs and a victim surcharge of £40.

Plans for two new schools take giant step forward

15 June 2018
Plans to create more than 1,300 new school places in the borough received a huge boost as Thurrock's Cabinet confirmed it would release land to the Education and Skills Funding Agency to build two new schools.

Thurrock Council celebrates Essex Pride

15 June 2018
Thurrock Council is flying the rainbow flag at the Civic Offices to celebrate Essex Pride.
The flag raising ceremony – which took place on Friday 15 June – brought together Cllr Barbara Rice, Mayor of Thurrock, residents and members of Thurrock Council staff including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) Network.