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Have your say and shape your local area

8 February 2022
Thurrock Council is inviting residents from across the borough to have their say and help shape where they live and work.
The council is continuing to host a series of online events as part of its Local Plan consultation, inviting residents to come along and tell us what they feel is important in their local area now, and in the future. The Local Plan consultation will help shape future development in Thurrock up to 2040, so these events are an important opportunity to play your part and help us plan ahead.

Thank you to our Thurrock Foster Carers

8 February 2022
Foster Carers in Thurrock make a huge difference to the lives of Thurrock children and young people, opening their homes and family to care for children who need to live away from their families.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "We are delighted our residents and those living around Thurrock are hearing about the opportunity to join Thurrock Council's fostering community and the wonderful opportunities it offers to help support and shape a young person's life.

Jet patcher pilot programme reaps rewards for roads

7 February 2022
An 8-week pilot programme has seen a record number of repairs completed at almost half the cost across Thurrock's roads and highways.
The innovative programme – undertaken together with Thurrock Council's partner, Velocity – uses a device known as a jet patcher to fill cracks and potholes in roads. Once a crack or crevice has been found, the jet patcher fires bitumen and stone into the damaged road surface and firms it into place before allowing it to cool. Over the course of 2 months, more than 1,900 repairs were completed on roads across the borough.

National Apprenticeship Week celebrated with webinars

31 January 2022
A number of online webinars are taking place throughout National Apprenticeship Week this year, providing an exciting insight into how apprenticeships can provide people of all ages with the skills and experience to develop their career.
The daily sessions will be hosted online over the week from Monday 7 February to Sunday 13 February and will cover many different aspects of apprenticeships in fun and engaging ways. Sessions are available to book online on the Thurrock Opportunities website.

Second stage of clean-up operation completed

28 January 2022
On Saturday 22 January, Thurrock Council's Street Cleaning team and Community Safety Officers, in collaboration with Essex Police, completed the second stage of a clean-up operation in Grays to address residents' concerns of anti-social behaviour.
The teams focused on 2 areas – Orsett Road, behind Grays Baptist Church, and Bedford Road alleyway – which had been targeted by fly-tippers and other anti-social behaviour. Milton Road alleyway, just off Cromwell Road in Grays, will be completed in late February.

Community commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

27 January 2022
School children, councillors and members of the Thurrock community have come together today (Thursday 27 January) to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day at a special service.

Unlet garages searched and vehicle seized

18 January 2022
An ongoing joint operation between Thurrock Council and Essex Police to tackle illicit use of unlet council garages saw 89 garages searched and one vehicle seized last Friday (14 January).
The operation was launched last summer to make sure unlet council garages are not being used to store nuisance or stolen vehicles.
During the search, the team – which included officers from the Environmental Enforcement and Housing Garages teams as well as Officers from Essex Police – seized one vehicle. They also found, investigated and cleared fly-tipped waste.

Vaccine Champions to take message to Thurrock communities

14 January 2022
New Vaccine Champions will help to make sure more of the borough's residents get the protection the COVID-19 vaccines offer thanks to £485,000 of government funding awarded to the borough.
The backing comes as part of £22.5million national Community Vaccine Champions Scheme fund, created to help encourage hard-to-reach communities get vaccinated.

Exciting opportunities for Thurrock Council-run nurseries

13 January 2022
Thurrock Council is procuring an alternative early education provider for Little Pirates Nursey and Neptune Nursery, with the view to a contract commencing in September 2022.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "It is important that we continue to offer the very best support and childcare to both parents and children in Thurrock. We received over 300 responses to our consultation we opened in October last year, and I want to thank those parents and providers who took the time to share their views, helping us in our approach.