Greater powers for Thurrock Council Enforcement Officers

25 June 2019
Thurrock Council enforcement officers now have greater powers to tackle anti-social behaviour after qualifying under a Home Office initiative.
The Environmental Enforcement officers have all achieved accreditation under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme, which allows the Chief of Essex Police to designate extra powers to non-police officers working in a community safety role. The officers all underwent stringent training and assessment to achieve this accreditation.
This gives Thurrock Council's enforcement officers new powers, including being able to:

Street art project brings colour to community hub hoardings

21 June 2019
Hoardings surrounding the construction site for a new community hub in Aveley have been brought to life thanks to young people taking part in a community street art project.
The programme, which was run by Aveley Village Community Forum, Thurrock Council, Thurrock CVS, Beardwell Construction and Philip Melling – a professional artist based at High House Artist's Studios in Purfleet – saw young people help create a colourful mural.

Landlord and managing agents fined over terrible condition of shared house in Grays

19 June 2019
Rogue landlords and their managing agent have been fined a total of almost £5,000 after forcing their tenants to live in unacceptable conditions in a shared house in Grays.
Devinder Singh Rai and Sohan Singh Rai, both of Upney Lane, Barking, were found guilty of failing to return information about a house in multiple occupation (HMO) and failing to maintain the property in good repair when they appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court last Thursday (13 June).

Peace exhibition concludes museum's commemoration of World War One

17 June 2019
A free exhibition focusing on peace in Britain and Europe after World War One will be held at the Thameside Complex later this month.
From Monday 24 June to 11am on Friday 5 July, residents can discover how the First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
'The Peace – Making a New Europe' exhibition, researched and presented by Thurrock Museum volunteers, will be located in the ground floor gallery of the Thameside Complex in Orsett Road, Grays.

Thurrock Council celebrates Armed Forces Day 2019

17 June 2019
Thurrock Council will once again be commemorating Armed Forces Day with a series of events.
A special ceremony on Monday 24 June will see the Armed Forces Flag raised outside the Civic Offices, Grays to remember and honour those who fought for our country. The event, hosted by Cllr Terry Piccolo, Mayor of Thurrock, begins at 10.15am.

Council intervenes following Fixed Penalty Notices error

14 June 2019
Thurrock Council has taken strong action against a third-party contractor after they issued Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to residents and businesses containing errors, insisting they take swift action and ensure they contact everyone affected immediately.
Within 24 hours of being notified, the council called in a senior officer from the contractor demanding an explanation and, as a consequence, is taking action against them for breach of contract. The council also made the decision to withdraw the affected notices.

Thurrock Council highly commended at Planning Awards

10 June 2019
Thurrock Council's planning team has been highly commended for its partnership working at the Planning Awards 2019.
The council was a finalist in the Award for Partnership Working category at the ceremony in London in recognition of its shared service arrangement with Brentwood Borough Council.
The arrangement was described as: "a real example of local authority joint working, designed not just to make savings but to deliver improved services for local communities".

Thurrock Council celebrates Carers Week 2019

10 June 2019
Thurrock Council is supporting Carers Week with a series of events and workshops across the borough this month.
Carers Week takes place from Monday 10 June to Sunday 16 June this year and recognises the contribution given by the 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers for a relative or friend who is ill, disabled, elderly or in need of emotional support.

Thurrock Education Awards 2019

7 June 2019
Thurrock Council will once again be celebrating the amazing work and achievements of colleagues in education this November.
Nominations for this year's awards open at 10am on Monday 10 June 2019 and can be submitted across 11 categories that recognise the work of individuals and teams at all levels.
Award categories for the 2019 Thurrock Education Awards are: