Tilbury residents sent Essex County Council library letter in error

6 December 2018
Thurrock Council is reassuring residents that there are no plans to close any of the borough's libraries after around 1,600 members of Tilbury library were sent a letter or email asking them to take part in a consultation which potentially seeks to reduce the number of libraries in Essex.
An administrative error by Essex County Council has meant the letter or email has been sent to Tilbury Library members by mistake. Tilbury Library is owned and managed by Thurrock Council, however, and is not part of this consultation.

Coalhouse Fort boosted with £47,000 from government's Coastal Revival Fund

4 December 2018
A historic riverside fort has received a big boost after being awarded £47,000 from the Government’s Coastal Revival Fund.
Coalhouse Fort, built at East Tilbury during the 19th century to help protect the Thames estuary, was one of 25 coastal projects to benefit from the latest round of funding.

Successful £1m bid for south Essex construction industry

4 December 2018
Local authorities across south Essex are working together to support the training of over 1,600 local people for jobs in the construction industry by 2020.
This follows a successful bid for £1m of funding from the Construction Skills Fund, led by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, and put together by local authorities across south Essex, including Thurrock, Basildon, Castle Point and Rochford councils.

Council leader backs Essex Police firearms amnesty

30 November 2018
This statement follows the launch of Essex Police's firearms amnesty yesterday (Thursday 29 November).
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "We are committed to working with Essex Police to help prevent crime and keeping weapons off our streets is an important part of that.
"It's shocking to hear that thugs are increasingly using realistic-looking airsoft weapons or BB guns to intimidate and threaten people, and commit crime.

Agreement reached for free parking in Stanford-le-Hope over Christmas and New Year

29 November 2018
Businesses and shoppers in Stanford-le-Hope have received a welcome boost after Thurrock Council negotiated free parking over the festive season.
Thurrock Council has reached agreement with the owners of King Street Car Park, Stanford-le-Hope, to provide two hours of free parking throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
From today (Thursday 29 November), drivers will be able to park free of charge for two hours after the council block-booked 32 of the spaces.

Community focus to remain as council reflects on recent successes

29 November 2018
Thurrock Council has vowed to keep the borough's communities at its heart after another successful year working with its partners and residents.
Reflecting on the key achievements of 2018/19, Thurrock Council's annual communities report highlighted successes ranging from the borough's celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush to ongoing work with clubs and organisations to encourage participation in sport.
Presented to full council last night (Wednesday 28 November), the report also praised:

Investment will see continued improvement in Thurrock's environment

29 November 2018
Since January, Thurrock Council has:
filled 3,837 potholes
emptied 10.5 million residential and trade waste bins
emptied over 50,000 street bins
cut more than 1,185 acres of grass
In a report presented at yesterday’s Council meeting (Wednesday 28 November), Cllr Aaron Watkins, portfolio holder for environment and highways, outlined some of the successes achieved this year, including street cleaning, road repairs and successful First World War commemoration events.

Construction milestone gives pupils a glimpse of new school in Purfleet

28 November 2018
Excited pupils got a closer look at the progress made with their new school in Purfleet as investment in new schools in Thurrock continues.
A group of students from Harris Academy Riverside, who are currently based at Harris Primary Academy Mayflower in Chafford Hundred while construction is completed, had the chance to check in on how the work is progressing at a topping out ceremony last week.

Christmas lights switch-on provides magical start to festive season in Grays

27 November 2018
Hundreds of people packed Grays town centre for the magnificent Christmas lights switch-on, marking the start of the festive season in style.
Organised by the business-led Love Grays partnership, huge crowds attended the event in Grays High Street on Saturday.
Children enjoyed an Aladdin's Magic Carpet Trail, culminating in a trip to Santa’s Grotto at Grays Shopping Centre and the chance to meet Father Christmas himself.

Landowner in a mess after not complying with planning notice over alleged cesspit

26 November 2018
A landowner in Corringham has been fined after failing to comply with a planning notice, sending a clear message that Thurrock Council will not tolerate planning breaches.
Ricky MacCallum, of Aluric Close, Chadwell St Mary was served a planning contravention notice by the council in November 2017, requesting information about an alleged cesspit installed on his land in Fobbing Road, Corringham.
He failed to complete and return the notice within the required 21 days, however, and has still not done so.