Public consultation on future development of Thurrock

18 December 2018
A public consultation is asking residents how they think Thurrock should look, grow and develop.
The Local Plan Issues and Options (Stage 2) consultation will be used to get the views of residents and businesses on how land use development will take place in the borough to support the future needs of Thurrock and its residents.

Stay safe at Christmas

18 December 2018
Thurrock Community Safety Partnership has put together some top tips and hints to help residents stay safe and secure during the Christmas period.
Suggestions cover Christmas shopping, security at home and nights out to help improve personal safety and safeguard properties during the festive season.
Shoppers often forget about pickpockets targeting busy shopping areas. When purchasing presents, keep valuables safe in a bag or secure pocket, go shopping with a friend or family member and leave shopping bags out of view if travelling by car.

Extra help recycling this Christmas

17 December 2018
It'll be easy to stay green over the festive period with extra recycling bags and special small electrical waste collections points available throughout the borough.
Clear blue bags for extra recycling can be collected from Thurrock libraries and community hubs between 17 December and 4 January. Excess recycling will be taken if it is tied up in clear blue bags put out next to bins between 24 December and 12 January on scheduled collection days.

Give a Gift delivers more magic to Christmas this year

17 December 2018
The Give a Gift unit came to a close last week having received presents for more than 2,400 Thurrock children in need this Christmas.
In addition to the thousands of gifts generously donated, £15,536.76 was donated to Giving for Thurrock (GiFT), the local community fund run by Thurrock CVS, supporting projects for Children and Young People across Thurrock.

Council performance improves

14 December 2018
A report at Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (12 December) announced an increase in the percentage of key performance indicator (KPI) targets Thurrock Council has met between July and September this year.
The report highlighted that 71% of corporate KPIs had met their target during quarter 2, which has increased from 67.5% compared to quarter 1.
Cllr Deb Huelin, portfolio holder for performance, said: "It's great to see that the council continues to excel in many of the services it delivers.

New £4.4m initiative to help people in Tilbury into work

14 December 2018
A new £4.4million programme is being developed to help people overcome barriers to employment and get back into work in Tilbury after £2.2million was secured from the European Structural and Investment Funds.
The project will aim to get hundreds of unemployed people into work, education or training, and the most disengaged actively looking for jobs.

Ambitious plans to keep libraries at the heart of our communities

13 December 2018
Yesterday (Wednesday 12 December) Cabinet approved ambitious plans to grow and improve the borough's libraries and make sure they continue to be vital resources at the heart of Thurrock's communities.
Following a public consultation that took place earlier this year, a strategy has been produced which not only guarantees all 10 of Thurrock's libraries will remain open, but seeks to enhance and improve services by developing some library buildings into community hubs that will see libraries co-locate with other important services.

Council spearheads drive to help parents find work

11 December 2018
Thurrock Council is aiming to support and inspire parents in Thurrock to find work with the launch of a new initiative.
According to government data, 6,360 children (14.5%) in Thurrock live in an out-of-work benefit household – a higher proportion per population than the majority of local authority areas in the east region.

Letting agents forced to pay combined £26,000 after licensing breach

10 December 2018
Two letting agents have been fined thousands of pounds after putting their tenants at "completely unnecessary risk" by overcrowding and failing to licence 6 shared houses.
The houses in Martello Close, Grays were bought by Mews Investments Limited in April 2017 and let to MEO Lettings and Management Limited, which then individually let the rooms.

Bin tags to help residents recycle

7 December 2018
In response to resident feedback, Thurrock Council has introduced special bin tags to let people know why waste crews have been unable to empty their recycling bin.
The bright orange 'Ooops...' tags will be used to help residents understand when something that cannot be recycled has been put in their blue bin and give them the information they need to identify items and remove them.