Minister decision paves the way for modern local healthcare facilities

1 August 2019
Thurrock Council has welcomed a ruling from a government Health Independent Reconfiguration Panel that supports plans to replace Orsett Hospital with 4 modern community health facilities.
Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, has written to the council to say that, on the advice of the panel, he has rejected objections to the scheme to close Orsett Hospital and provide the services it offers at 4 new integrated medical centres in Thurrock.

Police successes in Chafford Hundred

31 July 2019
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has welcomed news that Essex Police have launched an operation targeting crime and anti-social behaviour in the Chafford Hundred area.
In just the first 3 weeks of the operation, which was launched on 8 July 2019, officers have arrested 2 people for carrying knives, a further 4 for drug dealing with further arrests having been made for drug possession and driving while disqualified. Officers have also seized 2 vehicles from drivers who did not have insurance.

Primary Schools awarded for serving healthy school meals

31 July 2019
Primary Schools across Thurrock have been recognised for providing healthy food options for students at a special award ceremony.
Chefs and cooks from across thirty primary schools were commended at the ceremony for delivering nutritious school meals as part of the TuckIN scheme.
The scheme, which launched in May 2018, is a county-wide initiative that invites organisations to pledge to:

Town Centre Police - three arrested already

31 July 2019
Thurrock Council has welcomed news that the borough's newest police officers have already made 3 arrests in just their first week of working locally.
The 7 officers started their new roles in the borough last Monday, 22 July, and since then they have arrested and charged 2 men on suspicion of drink-driving, and another man with theft, after responding to reports of a shoplifting while they were on patrol.

Clamp down on nuisance off-road motorbikes and quadbikes

31 July 2019
Tough action has been taken against more than 150 people as part of a clampdown on anti-social and dangerous off-road motorbike and quadbike riding in Thurrock.
Essex Police first launched Operation Caesar last year with the support of funding from Thurrock Council to help tackle anti-social in the borough.
Since the end of November last year, the crackdown has resulted in nine arrests, 46 people being reported for careless driving, 31 people being dealt with for having no insurance and a further 27 for driving without a licence.

108 lorry drivers fined as council crackdown continues

30 July 2019
A total of 108 lorry drivers have already been fined this year for parking inconsiderately at the roadside in Aveley.
Since the start of January 2019, Thurrock Council has discovered 108 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) parked in Sandy Lane, which is frequently used by drivers as a rest area in contravention with parking restrictions.
Fixed penalty notices have been issued to all 108 drivers as the council continues to clamp down on the issue across Thurrock, with 3,739 fines issued to HGV drivers in total in the borough between October 2018 and the end of June 2019.

Make the most of the summer in Thurrock's parks

30 July 2019
Enjoy the sunshine and see what Thurrock's parks can offer in the school holidays with an action-packed programme of fun Active Parks activities.
Thurrock Council has organised a number of free sports and crafts activity sessions this summer to boost residents' links to nature, the outdoors and the borough’s parks.

Drivers warned of upcoming A13 weekend closures

30 July 2019
The A13 will be closed for two separate weekends in August as road widening works continue.
Thurrock Council is widening a 2.3 mile section of the A13 from 2 to 3 lanes in both directions between the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 (The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope) in what is one of the largest local authority-managed road schemes in the country.

Council eyes further financial success after four year balanced budget

26 July 2019
Thurrock Council has outlined ambitious plans to build on its financial successes after achieving a balanced budget until 2023.
Through strong financial planning, an innovative approach to commercial opportunities and an impressive investment portfolio, the council has balanced the books for another four years, as well as generating a multi-million pound surplus.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for finance and transformation, recognised the achievements in his annual report to Full Council today (Wednesday 24 July).

Council housing scheme named awards finalist

26 July 2019
A project to build 29 much-needed new council homes in Grays has been shortlisted for an award.
Thurrock Council is building a 5-storey residential block on the former Tops Social Club site in Argent Street as it continues to invest in affordable housing for residents on the borough's housing register.
The development will include parking spaces, a children's playground and other facilities, as well as the 15 two-bedroom flats, 8 one-bedroom flats and 6 three-bedroom maisonettes.