Corporate Director of Adults, Housing and Health to leave in 2021

4 September 2020
Roger Harris, Corporate Director of Adults, Housing and Health at Thurrock Council, has decided after 13 years' service in Thurrock and 40 years working in health and social care to have an agreed and planned exit from the council. He will leave in March 2021 to pursue other outside interests. Recruitment is underway to appoint a successor in due course.

A13 closure this weekend, 4 to 7 September

3 September 2020
A section of the A13 between the A128 junction (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 junction (Stanford-le-Hope) will be closed this weekend.
The closure takes place from 9pm on Friday 4 September until 5am on Monday 7 September. Traffic will be diverted via the A1013 Stanford Road.
During the closure, access to and out of the Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre (the tip) is through Buckingham Hill Road at the Linford end only.
Although there is less traffic at the moment, measures will be put in place to help keep local traffic on the move.

Thurrock flies the flag for Merchant Navy Day

3 September 2020
Thurrock Council has once again recognised the contribution of the Merchant Navy by raising the Red Ensign flag outside the Civic Offices, New Road, Grays.
A private event on Thursday 3 September saw the Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Terry Piccolo, raise the flag and read a speech from HRH the Earl of Wessex recognising those who served throughout the First and Second World Wars.

Secondary school admissions to open this September

2 September 2020
The next round of applications for secondary school places in Thurrock opens on Monday 7 September 2020.
Parents and carers of children who were born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 will be able to apply for a secondary school place from this date. The deadline for applications this year is 11.59pm on Saturday 31 October 2020.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for education, said: "As our children prepare to return to school this year we must also look ahead to those students making the step from primary school to secondary school in September 2021.

Seeking views on Local Council Tax Support

1 September 2020
Residents and interested parties will be asked for their input into a review of the Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) scheme as part of a consultation commissioned last year.
In 2019, members agreed to a review of the scheme once more information was known about the take-up of LCTS following the introduction of Universal Credit. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shown there is a growing need to ensure that the Thurrock's LCTS has sufficient capacity for residents who find themselves unemployed and without savings.

Government changes to traffic management laws welcomed

1 September 2020
Residents and road users in Thurrock could soon benefit from new legislative changes allowing local authorities to have more responsibility for enforcing moving traffic offences.
Following the government's recent announcement to implement changes to Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004, Thurrock Council intends to apply to the Secretary of State for powers to enforce some moving traffic breaches such as blocking yellow box junctions. Under current legislation, moving traffic violations can only be enforced by the police under criminal law.

Action to take to stop the spread of COVID-19

1 September 2020
Everyone in Thurrock needs to play their part to stop the spread of coronavirus. COVID-19 infection rates in Thurrock are low compared with the rest of the country, but it is important that all residents know what action to take to keep this rate down.

Video to help secondary school pupils returning to school

28 August 2020
Thurrock Council has released a new video with easy to understand guidance for parents and secondary school pupils as many return to school for the first time in months.
The video features secondary school age pupils and head-teachers from some of the borough’s schools and has been created to help pupils and their parents get ready for the new term.

Free football and nutrition programme returns

26 August 2020
Shift the Timber, a free 12-week football and nutrition programme, will start running again from Tuesday 1 September.
Cllr Allen Mayes, Cabinet member for health, said: "Shift the Timber is a great way to get fit, lose some weight or even just get out and meet new people while improving your health.

Leader thanks police for swift action on pony and trap racers

24 August 2020
A potential pony and trap race on the Manorway at Coryton was stopped in its tracks by Essex Police this morning.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "I am pleased that Essex Police took prompt action this morning to stop the disruption caused by those who think Thurrock roads are a race track.