Households encouraged to complete electoral registration forms

5 July 2019
Residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote as Thurrock Council’s annual electoral canvass begins today (5 July).
Over the next 2 weeks, households in the borough will receive a form asking those living at the address to check the information that appears on the electoral register is correct. Residents must respond, even if the information is correct, and can confirm 'no changes' online, by text, or phone. Amendments can be made online or by returning the form to the council.

Backstage stars take a bow

5 July 2019
A group of talented young people who work hard behind the scenes took centre stage at a special show after receiving a letter from Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber congratulating them on their achievements.
Thameside Young Producers was formed in 2013 by Franki McEwen and is based at Thameside Theatre in Grays. It gives young people aged 14 to 19 years-old an opportunity to learn the skills they need to work backstage in a theatre, including lighting design, sound and stage management, as well as event management and front of house operations.

Van seized as zero tolerance of fly-tipping continues

2 July 2019
A man who dumped garden waste at the roadside has been fined £400 and become the first person in Thurrock to have their vehicle seized for fly-tipping.
The waste was discarded in Parkers Farm Road in Bulphan last month and was reported to Thurrock Council by a resident who provided evidence of the offence.

Friendship Choir launches

1 July 2019
A 12-week Friendship Choir pilot recently launched at Cromwell Road Adult Day Care Centre. Run by Creative Blast, the sessions begin with fun vocal warm ups and a wide variety of familiar songs chosen by attendees.
The first 2 weeks of the pilot were exclusively for members of Cromwell Road Adult Day Care Centre but it has since opened up to other adult services users who are known to the council.

Museum competition winners commence borough-wide tour

1 July 2019
Three winning artefacts that were named Thurrock’s favourites in a public vote will begin their tour around the borough this week.
Earlier this year, residents picked Iron Age minted coins, a clock and medal, and women's war uniform out of a shortlist of 10 Thurrock Museum items, which they believed best illustrated Thurrock's rich heritage.
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage-funded Thurrock’s Attic Project, the three artefacts will be showcased alongside an informative pop-up banner at the following venues:

Commemorative service remembers Thurrock's fallen World War One soldiers

1 July 2019
A World War One (WW1) British prisoner of war from West Thurrock has been honoured in a special memorial service 101 years after his death.
On Thursday 27 June, tributes were made at West Thurrock Cemetery for Pte Howarth and other fallen service men and women from Thurrock during the First World War. The service was the result of a Full Council question put forward on Wednesday 25 July 2018, by local resident Mr Peter Perrin, who had researched Pte Howarth’s story extensively.

Thurrock wins top accolade at Trading Standards awards ceremony

28 June 2019
Thurrock Council's Trading Standards Port Team has been recognised for its role in preventing dangerous goods entering the UK at the 2019 Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) Hero Awards.
On Tuesday 25 June, Trading Standards Port Team members were presented with the Product Safety Hero Award by Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price and Amanda Farrell from the Office for Product Safety and Standards.

Council awarded £450,000 to install gas central heating in private homes

27 June 2019
People in Thurrock could benefit from warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat homes after Thurrock Council was awarded more than £450,000.
The council has been granted £451,350 from the Warm Homes Fund, which was set up by National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions in 2017 to support the installation of affordable heating in fuel poor households which do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel.

Dog owner ordered to pay more than £12,000 in nuisance dog barking case

26 June 2019
A man who made his neighbours' lives a misery by keeping a house full of dogs has been fined almost £10,000 for failing to comply with a noise abatement notice.
On Monday (24 June) Basildon Magistrates' Court heard Abdullah Al-Hassan Chowdhury had been keeping up to 20 dogs at a house in Lea Road, Chadwell St Mary, with concerned neighbours having to log their complaints on an almost daily basis.

Positive outlook for education and health services

26 June 2019
Cllr Halden, portfolio holder for education and health, presented his annual report to Council last Wednesday (19 June), sharing some achievements of the services.
Key highlights included: