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South Essex Skills Roadshow coming to Grays

19 February 2019
Residents looking for work or considering a career change are being encouraged to attend a free skills event next month.
The latest South Essex Skills Roadshow event, organised by Thurrock Council, is taking place at South Essex College in High Street, Grays, from 3pm until 7pm on Thursday 7 March.
There will be more than 20 stalls, with local and national businesses across sectors including:

Work continues on deterrents for illegal incursions

15 February 2019
Thurrock Council is carrying out a programme of target hardening on sites which have been used for illegal incursions.
'Target hardening' means strengthening the security of a building or area of land, such as using iron padlocks that are more difficult to cut or break, or erecting additional fencing.
Following each incursion on a council-owned site, the area is reviewed for potential measures that could act as both a deterrent to incursions as well as providing evidence that criminal damage would need to be carried out to gain access to a site.

Notice of Election - Aveley and Uplands

14 February 2019
The Returning Officer for Thurrock Council has today published the Notice of Election for the Aveley and Uplands by-election.
The poll will be held on Thursday, 21 March 2019 and polling stations will open from 7am to 10pm.
Nominations to stand as a candidate for the Aveley and Uplands by-election close at 4pm on Friday 22 February 2019.
Polling cards will be delivered to all eligible electors in the Aveley and Uplands ward on the Electoral Register.
Polling stations this year are:

Don't let rogue traders catch you out

14 February 2019
Trading Standards is warning residents to be wary of rogue traders posing as tree surgeons and builders throughout the borough.
Officers have received complaints about bogus tree surgeons charging excessive amounts to do little or no work, making unnecessary home improvements or maintenance work, and using cold calling as a cover for distraction burglary.

Cabinet sets out plans for capital expenditure for the next year

13 February 2019
East facing slip roads on the A13, widening the A13 and enhancements to cycle routes are among the ambitious schemes set out in two financial reports approved at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.
The quarter-billion pound Capital Programme sets out priorities for investment while the Capital Strategy 2019/20 outlines how these schemes will be funded. Both were approved at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting. 

A1089 – litter issue pressure continues

13 February 2019
Thurrock Council is continuing to challenge Highways England to find a solution for the litter and lay-by problems plaguing the A1089. 
Cllr Aaron Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Highways, said: “We are aware that there is still a problem on the A1089 and we are urging Highways England to take action to clear it up. I have been disappointed at the lack of action and attention which they have given to this issue. 
“We know that this is a cause of concern to many of our residents and it is something we as a council take extremely seriously. 

Don't let rogue traders catch you out

13 February 2019
Trading Standards is warning residents to be wary of rogue traders posing as bogus tree surgeons and builders throughout the borough.
Officers have received complaints about tree surgeons charging excessive amounts to do little or no work, making unnecessary home improvements/maintenance work or using cold calling as a cover for distraction burglary. 

Joint operation has huge impact on motorbike nuisance

13 February 2019
A joint operation between Thurrock Council and Essex Police has had a huge impact in cutting down on anti-social behaviour caused by reckless motorcyclists with a 50% drop in reports during the peak summer months. 
Thurrock Council provided funding to Essex police to support them in cracking down on this issue. 
In just nine months Essex Police have carried out a large number of operations against people committing these kinds of offences including: 
•           Six people arrested for various offences
•           25 warnings issued about offences

Grant boost for projects promoting eco-friendly travel

12 February 2019
Voluntary and community groups encouraging sustainable travel within Thurrock can benefit from a newly launched grant scheme.
ForwardMotion – a collaborative initiative between Thurrock, Essex and Southend-on-Sea councils – is inviting local not-for-profit organisations that deliver projects promoting alternative ways of travel within the borough to apply for grants ranging from £250 to £20,000.
Funds will be allocated towards supporting:

Thurrock Council backs The Great British Spring Clean

11 February 2019
For the third consecutive year, Thurrock Council is supporting a nationwide campaign to encourage residents to help clean up their local communities.
From Friday 22 March to Tuesday 23 Apri, the council will back local groups taking part in The Great British Spring Clean, an annual initiative launched by anti-litter charity Keep Britain Tidy.