Continuing community focused improvement highlighted

30 January 2020
Thurrock Council’s dedication to putting residents first and making sure that community is at the heart of all it does has led to award winning teams building on previous improvements and a record high 74% of key performance indicators achieving their targets.
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, presented a report to Council this evening (Wednesday 29 January) which focused on the work and achievements which have taken place in her portfolio over the last 12 months.
Specific highlights from the report include:

Residents urged to make their voice heard in latest Lower Thames Crossing consultation

30 January 2020
Thurrock Council is urging residents to make their voice heard and take part in Highways England's latest phase of public consultation on their Lower Thames Crossing proposals.
Highways England have made changes to their proposals following the first round of consultation which received over 28,000 responses.
These changes include:

Town Centre Teams launch in Tilbury and Purfleet

30 January 2020
Essex Police's two new Town Centre Teams are going to be out on patrol in Thurrock.
In addition to the teams covering Grays, Stanford-le-Hope and South Ockendon, there are now dedicated teams covering Tilbury and Purfleet.
The teams – each be made up of two officers – are being funded by Thurrock Council and start patrolling from today (Thursday 30 January).
Town Centre Teams deal with issues on your doorstep, tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour and drug supply while being visible in local towns.

National Apprenticeship Week event to promote exciting local opportunities

29 January 2020
An event this February is set to inspire young people and adults of all ages to explore local apprenticeship opportunities in Thurrock.
The event, taking place on Thursday 6 February in Grays, will bring together local employers, training providers and services to share the range of exciting opportunities that are available. Free information sessions for parents will also be available to provide expert advice around apprenticeships and the various levels of qualifications that are on offer.

Exciting activities at Grangewaters this February half-term

28 January 2020
Families, children and young people can discover a range of exciting activities this February half-term at the Grangewaters outdoor education centre.
A variety of sessions will take place over three days during the week, with tickets for each session costing only £10 per person.
The following activities will be available during the February half-term.

Works underway on new Civic Centre development

27 January 2020
Ambitious plans to regenerate Grays town centre reached a new milestone on Monday 27 January as demolition works commenced.
The site that is adjacent to the current civic building will make way for a new modern, energy efficient Civic Centre with facilities for the entire local community to enjoy including a public café, a register office with ceremonial gardens for weddings and meeting rooms for community and council use.
The changes will also mean the oldest part of the current building can be used to build much needed new town centre homes.

Consider adopting in Thurrock

23 January 2020
An upcoming information event will offer residents a chance to find out about adopting a child or young person in Thurrock.
Taking place on Monday 27 January at the Orsett Hall Hotel, the evening session will bring together social workers from the service to speak to those who may be interested in adoption. The team will be able to answer any questions and talk through the process of adoption and what's involved. The free event will take place between 6:30pm and 8:30pm, with a short presentation and light refreshments available.

Thurrock Civic Awards finalists announced

23 January 2020
39 finalists, from more than 140 nominations made across 8 award categories, have been shortlisted and revealed for the Thurrock Civic Awards 2020.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "The Civic Awards are a wonderful way to recognise the borough's stars who go above and beyond to help our communities. The awards acknowledge those who have made a special contribution to our borough with categories including: creative, healthy living, environmental, sports and young achiever.

Wicked Wednesday cinema

22 January 2020
Wicked Wednesdays are returning to Thameside Theatre in Grays, offering a fantastic family film deal this February half-term.
This exciting scheme offers 2 free adult tickets for every child ticket purchased, with child tickets priced at just £5. To make the offer even more tantalising, each child also receives popcorn and a drink.
The offer is available for the following films:

Standing together for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

22 January 2020
Residents in Thurrock can come together and commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day at a free public event.
On Monday 27 January, an hour-long service will be held at Palmer Memorial Gardens in High View Avenue, Grays, starting at 11am, to remember those who suffered in the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides. A number of borough schools will give readings and prayers, alongside councillors, Reverend Canon Darren Barlow, Stephen Silverman from Campaign Against Antisemitism and Elliott Porte from the East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue.