Halloween events take over borough parks this half-term

23 October 2019
There will be spooky goings-on in Thurrock's parks this October half-term with a fun-packed programme of Active Parks activities.
Thurrock Council has organised a number of free games and activity sessions from Monday 28 October to Thursday 31 October to boost residents' connection with nature, the great outdoors and the borough’s parks. All events, which take place from 10:30am to 12:30pm, are subject to weather conditions and demand on the day. Activities will be held at:

Museum initiative lists successes a year on from heritage fund boost

21 October 2019
Thurrock Museum's Attic Project has come to an end, a year after the initiative was awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund which enabled museum volunteers to organise its archive of historical artefacts so that new items could be displayed within the collection.

Allergen training workshop is a hit with food businesses

18 October 2019
Thurrock Council has held its first-ever training workshop for local food businesses to help them ensure residents with allergies can buy with confidence.
More than 30 participants representing takeaways, home catering services and restaurants in the borough attended the allergen workshop delivered by Essex Trading Standards at the Civic Offices, Grays, yesterday (Thursday, 17 October). The morning workshop was aimed at supporting local food businesses in complying with current allergens legislation, with experts covering legal requirements. It covered:

Remembering the 'Phoney War' in Thurrock

17 October 2019
Air raids and heavy fighting are the focus of Thurrock Museum's latest exhibition marking the events of World War II.
Until 11am on Friday 1 November, residents can discover why the first few months of the Second World War were nicknamed the 'Phoney War' in a display at the Thameside Complex's ground floor exhibition space in Orsett Road, Grays.
The exhibition, compiled by Thurrock Museum volunteers, showcases how people in Thurrock coped and how they supported the onset of war when the anticipated air raids and heavy fighting did not materialise. During this time:

Ocado Retail jobs a welcome boost at SEGRO Purfleet

16 October 2019
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Thurrock Council's Cabinet member for regeneration, has welcomed news that Ocado Retail will establish a new Customer Fulfilment Centre in Purfleet creating up to 1,500 local jobs.
The company – which is a new joint retail venture between Ocado Group and Marks and Spencer – will create the new state of the art facility, covering 300,000 square feet, on a 19 acre site at SEGRO Logistics Park, Purfleet.

School Well-being Service launches

16 October 2019
Thurrock Council has launched a new scheme to support all young people with their mental health.
The innovative School Well-being Service is a partnership between the council, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), schools and academies, which will change the way emotional well-being and mental health support is provided for children and young people in Thurrock. The service will work closely with families and school staff to help our young people with their emotional well-being, and identify and prevent the development of mental health issues as early as possible.

Secretary of State hears about exciting Thurrock regeneration plans

14 October 2019
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP, visited Grays last Thursday (10 October) to hear more about exciting plans which will transform and revitalise the town centre.
During a walkabout the secretary of state saw exactly where improvements will be made to Grays High Street praising the breadth of ambition displayed by Thurrock Council.

Leader praises police action

11 October 2019
The Leader of Thurrock Council has praised Essex Police after their decision to authorise a Section 60 authority in South Ockendon, following reports of an assault and 2 robberies in the town on Saturday 5 October.
A Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 authority allows constables in uniform to stop and search anyone, specifically to prevent and detect the carrying of dangerous instruments or offensive weapons. The normal high level of reasonable grounds are not required to conduct the stop and search

Joint operation at huge illegal waste site

11 October 2019
Thurrock Council joined forces with colleagues from Essex Police and the Environment Agency on Tuesday 8 October in an operation at an illegal waste site in South Ockendon, where thousands of tonnes of waste has been dumped.
The operation came about thanks to liaison work taking place between the council and the Environment Agency.

Residents invited to share views on new homes proposals

11 October 2019
Thurrock Council is asking residents to share their views on initial proposals for 2 developments in South Ockendon as part of the first stage of an extensive consultation. Up to 240 homes could be built across 2 sites, helping to meet the local demand for new homes.
During this initial stage of engagement the council would like to discuss the change of use and the disposal of the land of the former Culver Centre and Culver Field, located just off Daiglen Drive.