Two new Cabinet members in Thurrock

21 January 2020
Two councillors are set to join Thurrock Council’s Cabinet in the new portfolios of Health and Air Quality, and Education.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies will take on the role of Cabinet member for Education while Cllr Allen Mayes will join Cabinet heading up the Health and Air Quality portfolio.

Foster carers honoured

20 January 2020
On Saturday 18 January, Thurrock foster carers were honoured at a celebration event for the inspirational work they do helping children and young people in the borough.
Cllr Terry Piccolo, Mayor of Thurrock and Dan Jones, manager of the Fostering, Adoption and Placements Service, presented awards to our Foster Carers who had attained 5, 10 and 20 years of fostering children and young people in Thurrock. Foster carers who have supported our recruitment of new foster carers throughout 2019 were also acknowledged.

The best of Queen

16 January 2020
Thameside Theatre opens its doors to a special one-night-only performance of Queen’s biggest hits on Saturday 22 February.
The Bohemians will showcase some of the band's greatest tracks including Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, I Want To Break Free and many more.
The band formed in 1996 and have since travelled the world, wowing audiences with their astounding ability to recreate Queen live on the stage.

More money for social care, the environment and tackling anti-social behaviour

16 January 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet has recommended a modest increase in next year's council tax with the additional funding to be used to tackle anti-social behaviour, improve the borough's environment and fund social care.
The medium-term financial strategy update presented at this week's Cabinet meeting proposes for 2020/21:

Mid-year performance report shares successes of 2019

16 January 2020
Timely bin collections, an increase in the number of apprenticeships undertaken at the council and increased satisfaction with housing services were just some of the headline successes for Thurrock Council in 2019.
A mid-year performance report presented at Cabinet last night, Wednesday 15 January, showed that nearly three quarters (74%) of all key performance indicators achieved their targets at the end of September 2019.
Other indicators highlighted in the report include:

Cabinet member for environment commits to air quality improvement plans

14 January 2020
Thurrock Council's cabinet member for environment and sports and leisure, Cllr Aaron Watkins, has renewed his commitment to Thurrock's air quality agenda by announcing detailed air quality monitoring for 2020 to kick start a year of change to air quality and greener improvements.

Care at Home rated Good by Care Quality Commission

10 January 2020
Thurrock Care at Home has been rated 'Good' following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Thurrock Care at Home is Thurrock Council's in-house care service that provides personal care and support to vulnerable adults living in their own homes.  

Help shape the future of Aveley

8 January 2020
Join the Aveley design workshop to play a role in shaping how Aveley will grow and develop to best support the local community.
This will be the second of a series of interactive workshops that offers a hands on opportunity for residents to help shape where they live, learn and work. Topics will include thoughts on where community and work spaces, schools, parks, roads, play areas and homes should be placed and what they should look like.

Thurrock Council launches far reaching waste consultation

8 January 2020
Thurrock Council's Waste Management Working Group is launching a far reaching consultation on the future of waste management in the borough and they would like residents’ views to inform the borough's waste strategy for 2020 to 2030.
Thurrock Council collects nearly 900,000 bins a month containing over 4,750 tonnes of waste which is processed and disposed of. Currently residents put around 37% of that waste into their recycling bins against a national recycling target of 50%.

Gravesend to Tilbury Ferry riding the wave

6 January 2020
A record number of journeys were made on the Gravesend to Tilbury Ferry in 2019.
On the second anniversary of the contract with ferry operator Jetstream Tours, Thurrock Council and Kent County Council have revealed that 150,000 journeys a year are being made, a 40% increase since the start of the contract.
Subsidised by the 2 councils since 2001, the service is showing record levels of use thanks to a partnership with Jetstream, which has improved levels of service quality reliability and customer care.