Helping young people get their life 'OnTrack'

24 October 2018
More than 1,000 young people have received help achieving their career goals thanks to Thurrock Council’s Inspire team’s free 'OnTrack' youth employment scheme.
OnTrack provides a complete, tailor-made careers support service for young people in Thurrock aged 16 to 29 who are unemployed and not in education or training.
Part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative, OnTrack has helped over 1,000 young Thurrock residents so far and provides invaluable, entirely free, assistance including:

Work underway on 29 new council homes

23 October 2018
Work has now officially started on 29 new council homes in Grays.
Thurrock Council is building the 5-storey residential block on the former Tops Social Club site in Argent Street.
The development will include 23 parking spaces, a children’s playground, entrance foyer and other facilities, as well as the 15 two-bedroom flats, 8 one-bedroom flats and 6 three-bedroom maisonettes.
The council marked the official start of construction with a ground breaking at the site today.

Finalists announced for Thurrock Education Awards

23 October 2018
The finalists shortlisted for this year's Thurrock Education Awards have been announced following an array of nominations from young people, parents and colleagues across the borough this summer.
In total, 52 individuals and teams have been short-listed across 13 award categories.

Funding approved for council social care services this winter

23 October 2018
More than half a million pounds of government funding has been provided to Thurrock Council to help build capacity within social care services this winter.
The total of £654,000, as provided by the government's Department of Health and Social Care, will help to enable further reductions in the number of patients that are medically ready to leave hospital, but who are delayed because they are waiting for appropriate adult social care services.

Event marks start of work on new £2million community hub

22 October 2018
Work is now officially underway on a new £2million community hub in Aveley.
Thurrock Council has worked in partnership with Aveley Village Community Forum, Thurrock Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) and other local partners on plans for a modern new community centre to be built at Aveley Recreation Ground.

Planning permission granted for East Tilbury Library refurbishment

22 October 2018
Planning Permission has been granted for the refurbishment of East Tilbury Library following a devastating fire that struck after a vehicle was driven into the library and set alight in January 2017. 
The refurbishment will bring a number of improvements including a new entrance and two new meetings rooms for community use. 
Thurrock Council has worked closely with volunteers from the Bata Heritage Centre, which was based in the library, on plans for the refurbishment to make sure the library meets the local community's needs. 

Thurrock hosts first SEND conference

19 October 2018
Professionals, schools and health services came together on Wednesday 17 October for Thurrock's first Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Conference at Orsett Hall Hotel.
Hosted by Thurrock Council Children’s Services, in partnership with CaPa Thurrock’s Parent Carer Forum, the SEND Conference was an opportunity to bring together key stakeholders to share best practices and review the progress supporting children and young people with SEND across the borough.
The key topics of the conference included the 6 Thurrock SEND Strategy priorities, to make sure that:

Christmas cheer is here - Give a Gift is back!

19 October 2018
It's official, for the third year running, Give a Gift is back next month to help give Christmas presents to looked after children in need in Thurrock.
From Monday 26 November through to Sunday 9 December, a tree decorated with over 1,500 stars – each one representing a child for whom the council has corporate parental responsibility – will be placed in the Give a Gift unit returning to intu Lakeside.
Give a Gift relies on generous contributions from local businesses, members of the public and volunteers from the council.

Dozens of people fined for fly-tipping

19 October 2018
Since April 2018, Thurrock Council has issued 52 £400 fixed penalty notices to people who have illegally dumped rubbish in the borough.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: “Fly-tipping is a selfish and disgusting act and we will take all possible action to ensure that those who use our borough as a dumping ground face the consequences of their actions.

Consultation launched on plans to extend car cruising ban

17 October 2018
Residents are being urged to have their say on plans to extend an order which prevents car cruising events from being held on the roads of West Thurrock.
The Public Service Protection Order (PSPO) will prevent any vehicle, driver, passenger or spectator from taking part in any kind of car cruising event on roads in West Thurrock. It extends the current order which has been in place for the last 3 years and is set to expire at the start of December.