Volunteers recognised by the Mayor

11 June 2018
Volunteers in Thurrock were recognised this week at a special appreciation event hosted by the Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Barbara Rice.
The event, which took place on Monday 11 June, saw volunteers from across the borough come together to be recognised for their hard work and dedication to helping others.
The volunteers got the opportunity to visit the Mayor's Parlour at the Civic Offices, Grays and talk with the Mayor about the inspiring work they do across a range of council services including schools, children’s centres, libraries, youth services and the Thurrock Museum.

Thurrock Council wins fight to require Highways England to carry out Lower Thames Crossing health assessment

11 June 2018
Highways England has bowed to pressure from Thurrock Council and agreed to carry out vital assessments relating to the health of residents' living in the borough.
Thurrock Council has long opposed plans for the Lower Thames Crossing and recently made it clear to Highways England that proposed Environmental Impact Assessments did not go far enough.
Highways England wrote to the council on 4 June agreeing to carry out a standalone Health Impact Assessment.

Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day 2018

11 June 2018
Thurrock Council will be hosting its annual flag raising ceremony to commemorate Armed Forces Day on Monday 25 June.
The event, which will take place outside the Civic Offices at Grays, begins at 10:25am with a warm welcome from Cllr Barbara Rice, the Mayor of Thurrock, and a speech about the importance of remembering and honouring those who fought for our country.
Following a prayer by Reverend Canon Darren Barlow, Jackie Doyle Price – MP for Thurrock – will commence with the raising of the Armed Forces flag.

Land set to be released as plans progress for two new schools in Grays

5 June 2018
Plans to create 1,340 new school places in Thurrock are expected to take another significant step forward, with sites set to be confirmed for two new schools next week.
Thurrock Council works closely with the borough's schools, the Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Department for Education to ensure there are enough school places to meet demand.
Next Wednesday the council's cabinet is expected to give the green light for land in Grays to be released to the ESFA for two new free schools.

Trading Standards say don't miss a trick, be scam aware

5 June 2018
Spam emails, fraudulent alerts from 'banks' and rogue traders knocking at the door are just some of the scams that have become common place for many people.
June is National Scam Awareness Month and Thurrock's Trading Standards team is joining forces with colleagues across the country to highlight the issue and give residents the advice they need to avoid becoming victims of the criminals that perpetrate these scams.

Thurrock Council recognises the power of volunteers

5 June 2018
Thurrock Council has celebrated national Volunteers Week by recognising the wide range of opportunities available across the borough.
Volunteering is a fulfilling way for people to make a real difference to other people’s lives in their community and develop new skills and experience. There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities available from Thurrock Council that allow people to work on exciting projects or as part of groups across a range of settings.

Health and social care research recognised nationally

5 June 2018
Thurrock Council has been recognised nationally for its work in health and social care research.
The council was recently shortlisted for two categories in the Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA) Awards, which recognise health and social care research in local areas. The annual awards showcase the innovative research undertaken by organisations across the country and how this has led to a positive impact on communities and residents.

Empire Windrush exhibition comes to Tilbury

5 June 2018
An exhibition marking Tilbury's connection with the Empire Windrush started at Tilbury Hub on Friday 25 May and is open to the public until Wednesday 20 June 2018.
The exhibition is being hosted by the Tilbury Riverside Project, which is also working in partnership with the Port of Tilbury and Thurrock Council to mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Windrush at Tilbury Docks on Friday 22 June.

Are you ready to TuckIN?

4 June 2018
On Thursday 24 May, Thurrock Council launched a new scheme to provide more choice when eating out for people who want to lead healthier lives.
The TuckIN scheme, which operates across Essex, aims to work with food businesses to deliver small, simple changes, to provide healthier food options. To be part of the scheme, businesses must commit to reducing the amount of salt and sugar in the foods they make and to use oils with less saturated fats.