Thurrock Fostering joins other authorities to create new video

13 October 2022
Thurrock has joined 55 local authorities across the country to create a video that raises awareness of the importance of fostering in giving disadvantaged children access to a childhood.
The video 'Childhood' debuted at midday today, Thursday 13 October, and can be viewed at

Ongoing support for families and children

13 October 2022
Thurrock Council is continuing to help vulnerable households across the borough thanks to an additional £1.295million government funding for the Household Support Fund which will be distributed between now and March 2023.

Garden waste collections to restart from 17 October

12 October 2022
Garden waste collections are set to restart on Monday 17 October following a pause to allow a refresh and improve the service.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for Environment, said: "I would like to thank residents for patiently bearing with us while we carried out vital work to refresh our household waste collection service over the last 2 weeks.
"Work has taken place to improve the service and we are now ready to resume brown bin food and garden waste collections from next Monday.

Family fun this October half term at the Thameside Theatre

11 October 2022
Daily shows and productions at the Thameside Theatre this October half term offer fun for everyone, with an action-packed line-up of theatre, comedy and family entertainment.
Tickets are now available for upcoming events such as:

Thurrock Fostering celebrates Foster Carers

10 October 2022
On Friday 7 October, Thurrock Foster Carers were honoured at a celebration event for the inspirational work they do, making a difference, and helping the most vulnerable children and young people in Thurrock.
Cllr James Halden, Mayor of Thurrock, presented awards to our Foster Carers who have attained 5, 10 and 15 years of fostering young people in Thurrock. Foster Carers who have supported the recruitment of new Foster Carers were also recognised with an award.

Community garden tackling social isolation in South Ockendon

10 October 2022
An underused open space in South Ockendon has been transformed into a community garden and food growing space benefiting isolated residents and families.
On Saturday 8 October, local residents from Clayburn Gardens and the Flowers Estate came together to celebrate the official launch of Clayburn Community Garden.
Thurrock Council worked with its repairs contractor Mears, who funded and installed the garden as one of its social value projects, to provide the holistic community space.

Bin lorry fire highlights dangers of flammable waste

7 October 2022
The importance of not disposing of flammable materials as part of household waste has been highlighted, after a fire broke out in the back of a Thurrock Council waste lorry yesterday (Thursday 6 October).
Following this incident, the council is asking residents to be careful not to put highly flammable items such as gas cylinders or batteries in their bins.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for Environment, said: "The fire service had to be called to assist after waste in the back of one of our lorries caught alight as crews were making their collection rounds.

Cllr Jefferies thanks residents as waste collection refresh continues

30 September 2022
Cllr Andrew Jefferies has thanked residents following the first week of changes to allow a refresh of household waste collection services.
Cllr Jefferies said: "I would like to thank residents for bearing with us as we have brought in some changes to enable the waste service to refresh and get collections back on track.

Summer Reading Challenge volunteers celebrated

28 September 2022
Volunteers who supported this year's Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge were celebrated at a special event on Tuesday 27 September.
Residents who volunteered their time to support more than 2,500 children and young people to discover the joys of reading over the summer holidays joined Cllr James Halden, Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Qaisar Abbas, Cabinet Member for Communities and Equalities, and Cllr Deborah Arnold, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, to receive a certificate and speak about their experience.