Portfolio delivers despite challenges

26 October 2017
Adults' and children's services were summarised as "challenging but delivering" by portfolio holder, Cllr Sue Little at last night's Full Council meeting (Wednesday 25 October) .
Cllr Little gave an overview of matters affecting adults social care, including an ageing population, increasing complexity in cases, a competitive provider market and challenges in recruiting staff – particularly carers.

Corringham Primary school expansion

25 October 2017
Corringham Primary School – part of ORTU Federation – has been awarded £3.5million from Thurrock Council’s capital programme to create 210 new spaces.
Proposals include:

Thurrock Council receives National Highways Award

24 October 2017
Thurrock Council has won a prestigious industry honour at The Highways Awards on Wednesday 18 October.
The Award for the Best Use of New Technology in the Highways Industry was presented to Thurrock Council and partners - Gaist and SOENECS - for the Pothole Spotter pilot.
Pothole-spotter, funded by the Department for Transport, uses high definition cameras attached to bin lorries to take quality pictures of roads and pavements in the borough.

Crackdown on business waste

24 October 2017
Since July, Thurrock Council enforcement officers have been visiting businesses to ensure they have the correct documentation and licenses in place for disposing of their waste.
As part of the increased enforcement action through 'clean it, cut it, fill it', 155 businesses have been visited so far and those who can’t show officers the correct documentation are issued a notice to produce paperwork proving that they dispose of their waste responsibly within 7 days or they face a fine.

New contract for Tilbury to Gravesend Ferry

24 October 2017
Thurrock Council and Kent County Council (KCC) have announced the award of a new long term contract for the operation of the Tilbury to Gravesend passenger ferry service.
The service, which is used by around 200 passengers every day, needs subsidy from the councils to sustain its operation.
Following a competitive tendering process, the councils have announced that a new 5-year contract has been awarded to Jetstream Tours, which has been providing the service on a short-term basis since a change of operator in May.

Council crackdown on unlicensed houses

24 October 2017
Landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), or commercial dwellings with flats above shops, faced a surprise earlier this month (Tuesday 3 October) during a council crackdown.
Officers from the council’s housing, food safety and waste enforcement teams, along with officers from Essex Police, visited 80 homes suspected to be operating as unlicensed HMOs.
The visits found:

Have your say on alleyways

24 October 2017
Thurrock Council has launched a new consultation about alleyways, following a decision taken by Full Council in June.
The short, anonymous survey opened on Monday 16 October and will close next month on Monday 27 November.
Seven question ask about issues, maintenance, and ownership. The findings will be reported back to the council's Cleaner, Greener, Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Housing service charges scrutinised

23 October 2017
A review of the recently suspended grounds maintenance charge for council tenants was discussed at last week's Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee Meeting (Tuesday 17 October 2017).
The charge was agreed earlier this year, but suspended by the council on Tuesday 26 October following concerns raised by residents and members.
At Tuesday's meeting the committee endorsed a full review of the charge, looking at;

Grays trader prosecuted after council investigation

23 October 2017
A Grays trader has received a community order for selling counterfeit tobacco products.
Sarah Cambridge – trading as Chequers Fruit and Veg at 18b North Mall, Grays Shopping Centre – pleaded guilty to 6 offences of selling counterfeit cigarettes, possessing with the intent to supply counterfeit cigarettes and failure to display a notice with regards to underage sales.
Cambridge appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on 18 September 2017 and was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £1,000.

Tilbury masterplan unveiled

19 October 2017
A new Masterplan to transform Tilbury and provide homes, jobs and facilities to residents has been approved.
Short-to-medium term plans – which were approved at last week’s Cabinet meeting (Wednesday 11 October) – include enhancing the Civic Square with new public areas, new homes, greater jobs and skills support, and an Integrated medical centre bringing health services closer to residents.
Longer-term plans include nationally-significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) for the port and power generation, as well as improved connectivity between the town and the river.