Thurrock Council thanks British Red Cross by making a donation

7 November 2019
Yesterday, Wednesday 6 November, the British Red Cross signed the book of condolence to pay their respects to the 39 victims of the tragic incident discovered in Eastern Avenue, Grays on Wednesday 23 October.
Thurrock Council worked with the British Red Cross to provide the welfare and emotional support for emergency responders at Eastern Avenue and Tilbury Port during their onsite investigations.

School children spread the word on recycling

6 November 2019
Primary students at a South Ockendon school have benefited from an assembly dedicated to recycling plastics under Thurrock Council's initiative to reduce plastic waste in the borough.
On Monday 4 November, school children aged from seven to 11 years old at Dilkes Academy took part in the interactive assembly which focused on the impact that plastics have on the environment. Children were shown pictures of different materials, including plastic bottles, cling film and coloured straws and asked which colour bin the material should go in.

Brighter Futures Children's Partnership praised in independent review

5 November 2019
An independent review has revealed overwhelming support and positive feedback for the Brighter Futures services provided to children, young people and families in Thurrock.
The review, carried out by Healthwatch Thurrock, received positive feedback from 191 service users during the summer months on their experiences of:

Thurrock Council joins partners in 1 minute silence

1 November 2019
Today, Friday 1 November 2019, Thurrock Council joined Essex Police and other partners who supported their response, in a 1 minute silence as a mark of respect for the 39 victims who were tragically found on the morning of Wednesday 23 October in Eastern Avenue. 
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "My deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the 39 victims who were found in this tragic incident.

Finalists announced for Thurrock Education Awards 2019

1 November 2019
The finalists shortlisted for this year's Thurrock Education Awards have been announced following an array of nominations from young people, parents and colleagues across the borough.
The Thurrock Education Awards recognise the fantastic work that takes place in our early years settings, schools, academies and colleges. In total, 44 individuals and teams have been shortlisted across 11 award categories.

New Treetops School to offer 140 more spaces following planning approval

1 November 2019
During October Planning Committee, plans were approved for the creation of 'Treetops 2' School in Grays.
The development of a new single-storey building will see the school offer an additional 140 school spaces to pupils aged between 3 and 19 who experience moderate learning difficulties. The school operates a special verbal behaviour (VB) department for children on the autistic spectrum as well as applied behaviour analysis (ABA), which is the science of human behaviour.

Start of construction celebrated for Tilbury development

31 October 2019
Work has now officially started on 35 specialist new homes in Tilbury.
Thurrock Council marked the official start of construction with a ground-breaking event earlier today (Thursday 31 October) at the site on Calcutta Road.
The development, which is being constructed by Kind Build, includes 35 flats which are specifically designed to meet the needs of older residents. The new homes will be located within close proximity to local amenities and transport hubs, including Tilbury Town railway station.

'Tis the season to #GiveAGift

31 October 2019
It's official, Thurrock Council's award-winning Give a Gift is back in November to help give presents to children in need in Thurrock this Christmas.
From Monday 25 November through to Sunday 8 December, a tree decorated with over 2,000 stars – each one representing a child for whom the council has corporate parental responsibility – will be placed in the Give a Gift unit returning to intu Lakeside.
Give a Gift relies on generous contributions from local businesses, members of the public and volunteers from the council.

Memorial plaques restored in time for Remembrance Sunday

29 October 2019
Thurrock Council has teamed up with local community groups to replace plaques stolen from the War Memorial in Purfleet during March 2019.
The plaques are inscribed with the names of the town’s fallen World War 1 heroes and will be unveiled on Remembrance Sunday after being shamefully stolen from St Stephen's Church.
Community groups – including St Stephen’s Church, Purfleet on Thames Community Forum and Purfleet Heritage Centre – worked with the council to make sure the monument was restored in time for Remembrance events.