No influence on the route or height, task force told

26 January 2018
Members of Thurrock Council's Lower Thames Crossing Task Force have heard that councillors and residents have no influence on the route and height of the road.
At this week's task force meeting (Monday 22 January), Highways England presented the areas of influence for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, including construction, community, operations and environmental factors.
However, while Highways England made it clear that they would listen to local residents, the horizontal and vertical alignments of the road are 'project-led decisions'.

Positive direction of travel for health services

23 January 2018
Proposals for changes to health services including the future of those currently provided at Orsett Hospital were considered by the Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Thursday evening (18 January).
A consultation was launched at the end of last year by Mid and South Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Joint Committee on behalf of NHS England, with wide-reaching plans for services provided by hospitals across the area, including Thurrock.

Community stars finalist announced

23 January 2018
More than 100 nominations for the 2018 Thurrock Civic Awards have been received.
42 finalists from nominations made across the nine categories have been short-listed and revealed ahead of next month's black tie event.
Thurrock Civic Awards acknowledges those who have made a special contribution to our borough and some of the categories included sports, volunteering and the environment.

Trading Standards seize its most dangerous products at port

19 January 2018
Thurrock Council’s Trading Standards team has prevented 900 hazardous hair dryers from reaching consumers in the UK.
In December, the team seized a shipment of a large number of unsafe items at DP World London Gateway port. The items included hair dryers with a lack of a 'thermal cut off' device, meaning 'the product could overheat quickly and catch fire. The glass kettles contained counterfeit fuses that did not comply with the British safety standards. Following tests, all 904 products will now be destroyed.

Driving growth at Thurrock Business Conference

19 January 2018
Thurrock Business Conference will take place on 25 January, providing support, growth and inspiration for businesses all under one roof.
Businesses in Thurrock will have the opportunity to receive free expert business support, plus information on grant funding opportunities of up to £10,000 at the support marketplace. All this will be provided during the 2018 Thurrock Business Conference at the Civic Hall, Grays from 7:30am to 10am on Thursday 25 January.

Reduction in community contribution refused by Planning Committee

16 January 2018
An application to reduce the amount of funding for essential infrastructure to mitigate the impact of a housing development in Aveley was refused by the council's Planning Committee on Thursday evening (11 January).
The application from Aveley Football Club asked to modify the previously agreed Section 106 planning obligation from £522,000 to a reduced figure of £311,520, a reduction of £210,480.

Parking statement

16 January 2018
Thurrock Council has completed a thorough, service-wide review of parking which saw a limited number of pay and display machines temporarily suspended in Grays and Cromwell House, Purfleet. Historical issues, including administrative errors, have been uncovered from 2015 which have impacted on subsequent years. Action is now being taken to put this right.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: "A number of discrepancies have been identified following the in-depth review and an action plan is in place to rectify the historical errors.

£2.3 million for borough improvements announced

15 January 2018
Thurrock Council's Portfolio Holder for Finance announced the council has surplus of £2.3million – the result of exceptional commercial investments bringing in additional income during 2017/18.

Thurrock 7 year-olds continue to excel

9 January 2018
The proportion of 7 year-olds reaching the expected standard in most subjects in school has continued to be ahead of national averages in the last 12 months, according to figures from the Department for Education.
The tests – commonly referred to as Key Stage 1 (KS1) – are teacher-assessed and showed better results locally when compared to the national picture. 2,400 pupils took part locally across all state-funded schools.