Reckless party organisers will face consequences

4 November 2020
The organisers of a party at the Pilgrims Lane traveller site could now face fines and possible eviction from the site as a result of their reckless and dangerous decision to invite more than 50 people to a party on the evening of Saturday 31 October.
Residents at the site had previously assured police officers that they had abandoned plans for the party when they were seen erecting a marquee on Friday afternoon. Instead they moved the marquee to a location where they hoped it wouldn't be spotted and pressed on with their scheme to host the illegal event.

Funds for Grays accessible play area and bus terminal improvements

2 November 2020
Grays is set to benefit from a fast-tracked cash injection of £750,000 that will see the delivery of a new fitness zone and accessible play area in Grays Beach park, as part of the government's £3.6billion Towns Fund.
Multiple projects have also been identified by Grays Town Board to share in the accelerated funding, including improvements to the bus terminal, a new wayfinding system and Towns Fund Hub to enable local residents to directly engage in the process of securing further funding next year.

Statement from Leader on lockdown announcement

2 November 2020
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "I’m sure everyone will be disappointed to hear about the national lockdown. The collective efforts of people across Thurrock have kept us in Tier 1, and although it is very clear that whilst most people are complying with the rules, the disease is spreading nationwide.

Improved conditions for house in multiple occupation in Grays

30 October 2020
Living conditions for tenants in a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Grays have been substantially improved through work undertaken by Thurrock Council.
Recent works to the property in William Street have ensured a safe environment is now provided for the residents, including new windows, fire doors and fire detection system.
The council first identified 6 Category One hazards and 5 Category Two hazards at the property in August 2019, giving the landlord 21 days to put the dangers right. Hazards included:

Report highlights commitment of key workers in education

29 October 2020
The hard work and commitment of key workers in education has been praised in a report to Council.
A report presented by Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for education, reflected on the work of schools during this difficult year and looked ahead to the priorities of the service for the next 12 months.
Cllr Jefferies said: "My first report as Cabinet member for education highlights the tremendous work that has taken place throughout the pandemic, and looks at what the key priorities for education will be for the year ahead.

Primary school admissions to open in November

27 October 2020
The next round of applications for primary school places in Thurrock opens on Monday 2 November 2020.
Parents and carers of children who were born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 will be able to apply for a primary school place from this date. The deadline for this round of applications is 11.59pm on Friday 15 January 2021.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for education, said: "This November we welcome parents and carers to submit applications for their children who are due to start primary school next Autumn.

Thurrock Council wins finance award for ground-breaking debt initiative

23 October 2020
Thurrock Council has won the 'Solutions Partner' award at the Public Finance Awards 2020 for their ground-breaking 'single view of debt' initiative.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance, said: "Again, Thurrock Council's team have led the way with an innovative piece of work, this time in bringing together the many forms of household debt the council manages into a single, unified system.

Private and online tributes to lead Remembrance commemorations

21 October 2020
Thurrock residents are encouraged to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day privately this November with commemorations at home. 
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "I understand how important marking these occasions are to Thurrock's residents, but it needs to be done in a different way this year as everyone continues to play their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus.

Applications open for exciting apprenticeship opportunities

19 October 2020
Thurrock Council has opened applications for a range of apprenticeships across its services.
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for central services, said: "Through to Sunday 1 November, people will be able to explore the new apprenticeships we have available within the council and submit an online application.
"Whether it’s in business administration, project management or a bespoke offer from one of our services, apprenticeships are a great way to 'earn while you learn', providing on-the-job-training whilst studying for a nationally-recognised qualification."

Statement on Thurrock Council's investment policy

16 October 2020
Ahead of coverage likely to appear in the national press this weekend (17/18 October) about an active court case, Thurrock Council would like to offer reassurance around its successful investment strategy.
Thurrock Council has been open about its investment strategy and the benefits it brings to residents, not least the £65million of additional income earned over the last 2 years as a result of these investments.