Doorstep scam warning

1 June 2018
Thurrock Council Trading Standards officers are warning residents to beware of rogue traders cold calling their homes and offering to do work. 
Throughout June, Thurrock's Trading Standards will be joining colleagues across the country in calling on residents to be more aware of scammers and to come forward and report rogue traders if they fall victim to them.
This time of year often sees an increase in the number of people reporting doorstep scammers as they target householders planning improvements to their homes or gardens. 

South Essex councils set out vision for region's growth

1 June 2018
Councils across south Essex have agreed a common approach to supporting the development of housing and key infrastructure over the next 20 years.
The Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) – which is made up of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Essex County, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, and Thurrock councils – has drafted a 'Statement of Common Ground' (SCG). This sets out the next steps and is an important part in focusing economic growth across the region.

Big conversation about Mental Health

31 May 2018
Professionals, schools and community organisations gathered together on Friday 18 May for Thurrock's first Children and Young People's Mental Health Summit during mental health awareness week.
Hosted by Thurrock Council at the Thurrock Hotel, the Mental Health Summit was an opportunity to bring together 85 attendees from across the borough to discuss a unified approach to improving mental health for Thurrock's children and young people.
Key partners included:

Make a difference - consider fostering in Thurrock

31 May 2018
Thurrock Council's Fostering team has been bringing fostering to you this month with a range of exciting events across the borough as part of Foster Care Fortnight.
Foster Care Fortnight – which ran from Monday 14 May to Sunday 27 May 2018 – is a national campaign to raise the profile of fostering, its benefits and how it transforms lives.
The Fostering team held drop-in information events at intu Lakeside and Grays Market on 17 May and 18 May to talk with residents about fostering and provide information about the service.

New sexual health video launched by Thurrock students

31 May 2018
Thurrock's students stepped into the spotlight this week, having created a new video promoting sexual health services available for young people.
Officially launched on Thursday 24 May, the video stars students from Ortu Gable Hall School talking about the various sexual health and contraceptive services available in Thurrock.

Tackling anti-social behaviour in Thurrock

31 May 2018
Following an article which highlighted the issue of drugs and gangs across the country using Thurrock as a case study, Thurrock Council and Essex Police were approached for a comment by the Thurrock Independent newspaper.
The paper has been printed without representation from the council or the police, so in order for residents to get the full picture we have published the joint council and police comment here.

Joint action tackles illegal truck parking in Stanford-le-Hope

30 May 2018
Thurrock Council has joined forces with Essex Police and DP World to tackle the issue of lorries using a key Thurrock road as a car park.
Inconsiderate drivers parking along the side of The Manorway, causing damage to footpaths, cycle paths and grass verges, have been moved on or fined in recent weeks as part of an innovative operation.

New Mayor takes the chains in Thurrock

24 May 2018
Cllr Barbara Rice has been inaugurated as the new Mayor of Thurrock.
The ceremony took place at Annual Council on Wednesday 23 May alongside the confirmation of Cllr Terry Piccolo as Thurrock’s Deputy Mayor for the 2018/19 municipal year.
In her acceptance speech Cllr Rice, who was born in Thurrock and has lived here for over six decades, looked forward to the year ahead, saying: “Thurrock is a unique and special place, with wonderful opportunities which we need to make the most of for everyone who lives here.

Thurrock elections 2018 results

4 May 2018
The results of Thurrock Council’s elections have been announced.
Elections took place in 16 of the borough’s 20 wards yesterday (Thursday, 3 May).
Following the count, these are the results: 
9 Labour – held 6 and gained 3
6 Conservative – held 4, gained 2 and lost 1
1 Thurrock Independents – held 1 and lost 4
Overall turnout was 30.29%.
The results mean there remains no party in overall control of the council, with the current breakdown of seats as follows:

Whistleblowing story clarification

26 April 2018
Following a story in the local media today, we would like to take the opportunity to clarify matters.
As a council, we are committed to providing the best possible services for our residents and take our responsibilities for children very seriously.
Any whistleblowing allegations are robustly investigated and, where necessary, action is taken.
It is entirely standard practice to respond to media enquiries with a statement, as we did in this instance.