Roll-out of Warm Homes Fund grant begins

8 October 2019
Property owners and private tenants in Thurrock will soon benefit from warmer and cheaper to heat homes as Thurrock Council rolls out its Warm Homes Fund programme.
The council is working in partnership with Aran Energy Services to install gas central heating and hot water systems in eligible properties. In total, £451,351 has been granted to Thurrock from the Warm Homes Fund, which was set up in 2017 by National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions to tackle affordable heating in fuel poor households and improve residents’ health.

Section 60 authority authorised in South Ockendon

5 October 2019
A Section 60 authority has been authorised by Essex Police for 48 hours in South Ockendon, following reports of an assault and 2 robberies in the town on Saturday 5 October.
A Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 authority allows constables in uniform to stop and search anyone, specifically to prevent and detect the carrying of dangerous instruments or offensive weapons. The normal high level of reasonable grounds are not required to conduct the stop and search

Next Top Boss partnerships announced

4 October 2019
A launch event held on Wednesday 2 October announced the local business and school partnerships for the 2019/20 Thurrock's Next Top Boss programme.
Thurrock's Next Top Boss – now in its tenth year – is run by Thurrock Council's Inspire Youth Hub and gives young people the chance of working with local employers on real business challenges. The businesses will set a challenge for the students to solve and will work closely with the teams to develop their ideas from October 2019 through to February 2020, ahead of their business responses being submitted and judged in the new year.

Motorists reminded of A13 weekend closure, 4 to 7 October

3 October 2019
Drivers are reminded that a section of the A13 beneath the Orsett Cock roundabout will be closed for a number of upcoming weekends.
To enable the next phase of the A13 widening project to be completed safely, weekend-long closures of the A13 are required. This weekend’s closure takes place from 9pm on Friday 4 October until 5am, Monday 7 October.
Traffic will be diverted via the exit slip roads onto the Orsett Cock roundabout and back onto the A13 via the entry slip roads.

Nominations extended for Thurrock Education Awards

30 September 2019
Nominations for this year's Thurrock Education Awards will now be accepted until midnight on Sunday 13 October.
Extending the nomination period by a week gives parents, colleagues and young people an extra 7 days to submit their entries across our 11 award categories.
Cllr James Halden, Cabinet member for education and health, said: "We have received a fantastic response to this year's Thurrock Education Awards so far, with some of our most hardworking colleagues and teams being recognised for their passion, commitment and dedication.

Safeguarding Adults conference explores trauma and care

30 September 2019
Professionals, organisations and agencies that provide safeguarding services to Thurrock residents came together recently for the annual Thurrock Safeguarding Adult Board (TSAB) conference.
Taking place on Friday 27 September at Stifford Hall in Grays, the conference was an opportunity for partners to discuss key topics and share best safeguarding practice.
This year's event focused on trauma informed care, which is the process of understanding, recognising and supporting people with the psychological effects of traumatic experiences.

Car park operator forces council to end free parking agreement

27 September 2019
King Street car park in Stanford-le-Hope will no longer offer free parking after Thurrock Council was served with a termination notice by the car park's operator.
RCP Parking is set to introduce number plate readers, which means that the existing contract with the council to provide 2 hours free parking is no longer possible. The contract will end on Monday 30 September.
The council is reviewing all possible options to assist businesses and residents in the area.

Man sentenced for removing anti-encampment fencing

26 September 2019
Thurrock Council Leader Cllr Rob Gledhill has welcomed the tough sentence given to a man who removed a fence that the council had erected to prevent illegal encampments being set up.
The man appeared at Basildon Magistrates earlier this month where he was given a 12-month conditional discharge and forced to pay £500 in costs to the council and £105 court costs after he was caught on camera taking down the fencing in Clyde, East Tilbury.