Smart street lighting system could see big savings and carbon reductions

7 July 2021
A report presented to Cabinet yesterday (Wednesday 7 July) unveiled the proposed implementation of Highways Street Lighting Central Management System (CMS), which is set to save the council an estimated £125,000 every year.
Cllr Ben Maney, Cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: "I would like to reassure residents that we are keeping the street lights on, not turning them off as other councils have.
"The installation of the Central Management System will allow us to dynamically control approximately 21,000 street lights from one web-based system.

Thurrock celebrates the NHS 73rd birthday and frontline workers across the country

5 July 2021
Thurrock Council proudly raised the NHS flag at the Civic Offices today, Monday 5 July, to celebrate and commemorate frontline services.
Cllr James Halden, Deputy Mayor, delivered an inspiring speech about the critical role the NHS and frontline services have played during the COVID-19 pandemic as the NHS celebrates its 73rd birthday.
The Deputy Mayor said: "The NHS has played an incredibly crucial role in supporting each of us and our entire community throughout the pandemic. Their resilience, determination and strength has been an inspiration to us all.

Discover a range of exciting apprenticeship opportunities

1 July 2021
Applications are now open for a number of apprenticeship opportunities at Thurrock Council.
Apprenticeships offer a combination of on-the-job-training, studying for a nationally-recognised qualification and the ability to 'earn while you learn', whilst being part of a professional working environment.
Cllr Jack Duffin, Cabinet Member for Central Services, said: "We are always looking for new talent to join our services, and apprenticeships are a brilliant opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to consider joining the council.

Delivering housing for Thurrock

30 June 2021
Thurrock Council's Cabinet will hear plans to adopt a mixed approach to housing development delivery, ensuring much-needed new infrastructure and homes are built for the borough's residents.

Better services from fewer buildings, proposal put to Cabinet

30 June 2021
Thurrock Council is proposing to provide better services from fewer buildings by disposing of properties which are no longer fit for purpose.
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: "By reviewing council owned land and property we can dispose of buildings which are no longer fit for purpose.
"This will allow our services to run more effectively without the physical constraints of some dated buildings and deliver exactly what the borough's residents need.

Cabinet sets out approach to reform in a post-COVID world

30 June 2021
Thurrock Council will begin to transform into a leaner organisation that continues to deliver on residents' key priorities – reflecting the financial challenges that the council faces through the ongoing and longer-term impacts of COVID-19, and from no longer following the previously-agreed investment approach
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance, said: "The long-term pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic mean that we need to act now to make sure that we deliver services needed in a post-COVID borough and balancing its budget over the next 2 years.

Transformation of Grays continues to build momentum

29 June 2021
The regeneration of Grays continues to build momentum as plans to deliver a safer and better level crossing alternative progress to the next stage.

Thurrock Council and Network Rail have completed stage 3 of the 8-stage governance for railway investment projects (GRIP) process after establishing the foundations to drive forward.

Thurrock flies the Progress flag for Pride Day

28 June 2021
Thurrock Council flew the Progress flag at the Civic Offices today, Monday 28 June, to celebrate Pride Day.
Cllr Sue Shinnick, the Mayor of Thurrock and Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for adults and communities, joined the chair and vice-chair of Thurrock Council's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Staff Network for a special ceremony.

Catch-up waste collections on Saturday 26 June

25 June 2021
Waste crews will be carrying out recycling and garden waste collections tomorrow (Saturday 26 June) as the council catches up on collections missed this week.
The council is asking residents who did not have their blue bin collected this week and anyone who was due to have their brown bin collected as part of week 2 collections to leave their bins out for collection tomorrow.

Vaccine push in Thurrock on Saturday 26 June

25 June 2021
On Saturday 26 June, anyone aged 18 or over who has not yet had their first vaccine or is now due to have their second dose, can get a walk-in appointment at Stifford Clays Health Centre without booking ahead.
Anyone 18 or over will be able to walk in and get their jab while going about their usual weekend business – without needing to book a time in advance, thanks to the NHS's 'Grab a Jab' weekend.
Second doses will also be available, as long as it has been 8 weeks since the first dose for people aged 40 and over, and 12 weeks for people under 40.