Thurrock celebrates strong Early Year provision

6 March 2019
A special ceremony this week recognised and celebrated the positive results of Thurrock's Early Years childcare services.
Taking place on Tuesday 5 March in Grays, the Early Years Celebration event brought together childminders, day nurseries and preschool settings who are leading the way for education in Thurrock.

Community Environmental Development Fund opens doors to applications

5 March 2019
Thurrock Council is set to launch it's fourth round of Community Environmental Development funding this March to support a range of community-led projects across the borough.
The Community Environmental Development Fund (CEDF) provides the backing and support for residents to lead positive change in Thurrock through new and exciting initiatives in their area.
Projects put forward for consideration must meet a community need, provide value for money and be sustainable whilst making a positive difference to the community.

Thurrock celebrates LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption week

4 March 2019
Thurrock Council is once again celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT+) Fostering and Adoption week this March.
LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption week takes place from Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March 2019 and aims to raise awareness that sexuality is not a barrier to fostering or adopting.
Thurrock Fostering welcome Foster Carers from all backgrounds and are proud to embrace and support diversity within the community.

Collins House achieves 'good' rating in recent inspection

1 March 2019
Thurrock Council-run Collins House has maintained its overall 'good' rating, as part of an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
On Tuesday 5 February, a CQC inspector found the residential care home for older people in Springhouse Road, Corringham, to be 'good' across all 5 areas asking if the service was safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. At the time of the inspection, 44 people were receiving care and support from the residential home, which also rated 'good' in 2016.

No increase in Thurrock Council's council tax

28 February 2019
Recommendations to freeze Thurrock Council's element of council tax for the next year were unanimously approved on Wednesday 27 February.
The decision means there will be a 0% increase in the council’s general fund element of council tax although residents will see a small rise overall because of increases made by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner on the police and fire service precept.

Thurrock celebrates International Women's Day 2019

28 February 2019
Once again Thurrock Council will be celebrating International Women's Day with a series of events on Friday 8 March.
The theme of this year's events is #BalanceForBetter which incorporates a call to action for creating a more gender balanced world and the empowerment of all women and girls, whether this is in the workplace, the home or any other sphere.

Council takes action against illegal street trader

27 February 2019
A street trader from Aveley has been prosecuted after failing to obtain consent to trade along the A128 in Thurrock.
On Wednesday 20 February, Daryl Mercer of High Street, Aveley, pleaded guilty at Southend Magistrates Court to 2 charges of illegal street trading. He had been operating a burger trailer on a grass verge along the A128 at the junction with Brentwood Road since at least May 2018 without having been granted the necessary street trading consent required from Thurrock Council.

Parking meters to go cashless

25 February 2019
In response to a series of break-ins over the weekend parking meters throughout Thurrock will now be completely cashless, accepting card payments only.
In a move to prevent further criminal activity the decision has been taken to empty all machines of money and to move to contactless card payments.
Thurrock Council apologises for any inconvenience this has caused. The council would normally only make these kind of changes after a public consultation but following these break-ins it has been forced to act quickly.

Action on flooding and unauthorised development at traveller site

25 February 2019
Thurrock Council has successfully secured another court injunction preventing unauthorised development of the Buckles Lane traveller site in South Ockendon.
The council has made it clear that it will not tolerate any unauthorised development in Thurrock.
An injunction was served in June 2018 to prevent expansion of the Buckles Lane site and there have been no breaches of that court order.
Following reports and investigations into further unauthorised development on another piece of land in the area, the council has now served a further injunction.

Candidates announced for Aveley and Uplands by-election

22 February 2019
Candidates have been announced for the upcoming Aveley and Uplands by-election.
Nominations closed at 4pm, Friday 22 February 2019) and the candidates nominated are:
Charles John Curtis (Labour)
David Van Day (Conservative)
Alan Field (Thurrock Independents)
Tomas Pilvelis (Liberal Democrat)
The poll will be held on Thursday 21 March 2019 and polling stations will open from 7am to 10pm.
Polling stations are at: