Residents urged to have their say in latest Lower Thames Crossing consultation

15 July 2021
Thurrock residents are being urged to have their say after Highways England launched the latest round of the Lower Thames Crossing consultation yesterday (14 July).
The Community Impacts Consultation details the latest Highways England plans for the Lower Thames Crossing, including how they propose to reduce impacts on the borough's residents and the environment, along with information on the legacy benefits they plan to create.

Joint operation tackles nuisance drivers in West Thurrock

13 July 2021
Over the weekend a joint operation between Thurrock Council Environmental Enforcement officers and Essex Police saw 24 drivers issued with fixed penalty notices and 3 drivers warned that their vehicles could be confiscated.
Over 2 nights of coordinated activity on Saturday 10 July and Sunday 11 July, 16 drivers were issued fines for breaching the terms of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that prevents car cruisers from meeting in West Thurrock. A further 7 were issued penalty notices by police officers for other driving offences and 1 was fined for littering.

Cheese manufacturer guilty of food hygiene offences

9 July 2021
On Monday 5 July at Basildon Magistrates' Court, Sunny Ventures Limited of West Thurrock was found guilty of food hygiene offences, resulting in a £12,000 fine and a £8,330 costs order.
In addition, the company director was fined £1,875 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs, with the company secretary also being fined £1,250 with a costs order of £1,000.
Charges brought against the company, the director and the company secretary included:

Thurrock commemorates Srebrenica Memorial Week

9 July 2021
Thurrock hosted a special event on Friday 9 July and raised the Remembering Srebrenica flag at the Civic Offices to observe Srebrenica Memorial Week.
Cllr James Halden, Deputy Mayor of Thurrock, and Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for adults and communities, joined Bosnian residents, representatives of local Muslim faith groups and South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC) to commemorate the week.

Head Start Housing project in the running for top award

8 July 2021
A meaningful initiative providing safe accommodation to care leavers and other vulnerable young people in Thurrock has been shortlisted as a finalist for Best Social Housing Initiative in The Municipal Journal (MJ) Local Government Achievement Awards 2021.

Thurrock Council-backed Thames Freeport making progress

8 July 2021
Work continues to progress on the innovative Thames Freeport after Thurrock Council's Cabinet once again backed the initiative and progress being made that will see transformational change.
At its meeting on Wednesday 7 July, Cabinet supported the progression of an outline business case (OBC) and full business case (FBC) as required by the government. Approval of the OBC, which will be submitted by the end of this month, and the FBC, to be presented in autumn, is a critical step towards the government officially awarding Freeport status.

Balanced budget delivered in one of the toughest years a council can face

8 July 2021
Thurrock Council was able to deliver a balanced budget and maintain its financial reserves in 2020/21, despite the financial strains placed on all local authorities over the past year.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance, said: "A once-in-a-century, adult-centric health crisis changed everything at the turn of a switch, with public bodies having to try and provide the same services as ever, yet react and respond to rapidly emerging need and guidance.

Thurrock's investment scheme powering a green future

8 July 2021
Thurrock Council's investment in solar energy generates produces enough renewable energy to power 178,000 homes and prevent the release of 222,000 tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere every year.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance, said: "The investment strategy has been as success on all fronts.

Clear focus on resident needs in council reforms

8 July 2021
Thurrock Council will ensure it delivers on residents' key needs as it becomes a smaller and leaner council in light of the need to reform after COVID-19.
Cllr Shane Hebb presented the Council's financial statement and strategy to Cabinet this evening (Wednesday 7 July). The strategy proposes savings to help the council close its £34.3million budget gap while ensuring that impacts on residents are carefully managed.