New way forward agreed for commissioning adult social care services

11 October 2018
Thurrock Council has published an Adult Social Care Market Development Strategy (MDS) outlining its plans for how it will work with local care providers to improve services for vulnerable adults in the borough.
Following approval by Cabinet on Wednesday 10 October, the report covers a range of proposals including:

Work underway on bus routes for planned Integrated Medical Centres

11 October 2018
New bus routes to serve 4 proposed Integrated Medical Centres in Thurrock are being considered as Thurrock Council continues to invest in vital transport links.
The plans were announced as Thurrock Council's cabinet agreed on Wednesday 10 October to start the tender process for the number 11, 374 and 265 bus services, which cover Bulphan, West Tilbury, East Tilbury, Linford, Horndon on the Hill and Fobbing.
Current contracts for the 3 council-funded services are due to expire at the end of March 2019.

Council report outlines strong start to 2018/19

11 October 2018
Cleaner streets, potholes filled more quickly and fewer elderly people needing to be admitted to care homes – those are just some of the key successes for Thurrock Council so far this year.
In total, 67.5% of the council's key performance indicators met the targets set for the first quarter of 2018/19, with the authority performing better than in 2017/18 in 48.4% of areas.
Among the indicators highlighted in a report presented to the council's cabinet on Wednesday 10 October were:

Council leader calls for legal action on Lower Thames Crossing

10 October 2018
Thurrock Council has vowed to go to any lengths in its battle against "abysmal" Lower Thames Crossing plans.
It comes as Highways England is set to launch a public consultation on the proposals tomorrow (Wednesday 10 October), ahead of making an application to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Development Consent Order (DCO).
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "All Councillors remain unanimously opposed to the Lower Thames Crossing, as I have made abundantly clear on many occasions, and that position has not changed.

Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Board hosts annual conference

9 October 2018
Professionals, service providers and agencies with an interest in adult safeguarding came together for Thurrock Safeguarding Adult Board's (TSAB) annual conference on Tuesday 9 October.
Hosted by TSAB – whose core members are; Essex Police, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group and Thurrock Council – the conference at the Civic Hall, Grays, was an opportunity to bring together stakeholders from across the borough sharing best practice to safeguard adults in Thurrock that they care for.
Key topics included:

Community comes together to restore beacon ahead of Memorial Day

9 October 2018
Residents from across Thurrock gathered recently to celebrate the successful restoration of one of the borough’s fire beacons.
Members of the West Tilbury, East Tilbury and Linford Community Forum (WELCOM Forum) came together at Coalhouse Fort Park on Friday 21 September to watch as local blacksmiths David Theobald and John Clout brought the beacon back to life.
Erected in 1988 to mark the 400th anniversary of defeating the Spanish Armada, the Coalhouse Fort Park beacon had since fallen into disrepair since last being lit in the 1990s.

Find out about A13 road widening at events next week

8 October 2018
Residents and drivers can find out more about plans to widen the A13 at a series of drop-in information events next week.
The £79million project – one of the largest local authority-managed road schemes in the country – will involve widening a 2.3 mile section of the A13 from 2 to 3 lanes in both directions between the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 (The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope).

VR, simulators and careers showcased at Opportunity Thurrock

8 October 2018
Thousands of students from schools and colleges across Thurrock took part in the region's largest careers and further education expo on Wednesday (3 October).
Students who attended Opportunity Thurrock at the London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury learned about a more than 80 different career opportunities available across the borough, and even managed to experience some of them via Virtual Reality (VR), simulators, activities and demonstrations.

Improvements to Children's Social Services recognised by Ofsted

4 October 2018
Thurrock Council has received positive feedback on its Children’s Social Services following a review by Ofsted.
The 'focused visit', which took place on Tuesday 11 September and Wednesday 12 September, inspected the council's services for children in need and those subject to a child protection plan to evaluate the quality of practice.