Highways England changes 'red line boundary'

1 November 2017
Thurrock Council has been notified this week that the area to be impacted by the proposed Lower Thames Crossing – known as the 'red line boundary' – has changed, affecting 200 landowners.
Highways England is writing to three groups of landowners, advising them of the changes. These including existing landowners who are aware of the impact, and new landowners included in the changed boundary, as well as landowners whose land is no longer required.

Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited announce new partner

1 November 2017
Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited (PCRL) has announced that Swan Housing Association is now the joint venture partner in PCRL for the delivery of a major £1billion housing-led regeneration scheme at Purfleet.
The transformational Thames-side scheme will now see more than 2,800 new homes built alongside a world-leading creative hub, an improved train station and bridge crossing, a new primary and secondary school and other vital health and education infrastructure.

Statement - tenant letters

1 November 2017
Thurrock Council would like to apologise after some housing tenants received letters this week giving incorrect rent information.
The incident has been investigated and it appears that instructions given to the council's housing management database to generate the letters resulted in some incorrect weeks being included in the rent calculation. This caused outstanding balances to be assessed without using the most recent data, resulting in incorrect amounts being shown on rent statements.

Lower Thames Crossing Task Force welcomes new expert

31 October 2017
The recently formed Lower Thames Crossing Task Force met for the second time earlier this month (Monday 16 October) to hear from Highways England on their current survey work, and from a newly-employed air quality expert appointed by Thurrock Council.
Chair of the Task Force, Cllr Peter Smith said: "The group listened to four representatives from Highways England who gave an explanation of the current survey work taking place on this side of the river and in Kent.

Street Football tournament is a hit in Thurrock!

31 October 2017
This October half-term saw a Thurrock 'Street Football' tournament bring together 49 young people from across the borough. It all took place at the Riverside Youth Centre in Tilbury, where teams representing Aveley, Grays, Purfleet, Tilbury and West Thurrock competed against each other to be crowned Thurrock's best.
One of the participants was 14-year-old Dan from Purfleet, who said: "It was a fun event today and it's a great idea. It brings us youngsters together through football, which we all love!"

Grays landlord fined £11,000

30 October 2017
Kaulwinder Kaur pleaded guilty on Monday (23 October) at Southend Magistrates Court for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice served by Thurrock Council.
The notice was served for 9 hazards at 8 Benson Road, Grays – a house that she purchased and managed.
Kaur was fined a total of £9,000, plus costs and a £170 victim surcharge, which totalled £11,330.
Thurrock Council told the court that its Private Sector Housing team had tried to work with Mrs Kaur to comply with repairs for the past 2 years.

Council launches 'Make a difference' fostering campaign

30 October 2017
A fresh new fostering campaign is encouraging potential carers to find out more about looking after a child in Thurrock.
The 'Make a Difference' campaign launched on Saturday 28 October. It was created through work with current foster carers, and will be promoted across the borough in a bid recruit more people into this rewarding role.
Thurrock Council has more than 300 looked-after children who need foster carers – particularly for teenagers and sibling groups. 

Big Belly Bins are go!

30 October 2017
Thurrock Council has begun a pilot study to test the use of self-compacting litter bins.
10 'Big Belly Bins' have been installed around Thurrock as part of the council's 'clean it, cut it, fill it' initiative.
Big Belly Bins are solar powered, have a compaction system built into the bin, and are able to take litter and dog mess – like all public bins.
The bins will send an email to alert the council's environment team when emptying is required.

Progress discussed on ambitious regeneration plans

27 October 2017
A summary report for local regeneration was discussed at this week’s Full Council meeting (Wednesday 25 October) with Cllr Mark Coxshall highlighting exciting plans for Tilbury and Grays.
He said: "Thurrock's growth agenda continues to be one of the most ambitious in the country and through its 'open for business' approach we've already attracted a number of large scale regeneration projects, including London Distribution Park at the Port of Tilbury, the continuing investment at DP World London Gateway, Thames Enterprise Park, Purfleet Port and the expansion of Lakeside."

£200k funding approved for environmental causes

26 October 2017
A cross-party panel set up to review applications for communities to improve their environment has approved 10 proposals totalling over £200,000.
The Community Environmental Development Fund (CEDF) was set up in February 2016. Thurrock groups applied for funding to be used on projects that will improve the local environment or increase safety in communities.
Each applicant had to raise at least 10% match funding, and set out how their project would result in an improved environment or asset for their community.