Council urges its residents to be considerate neighbours

16 April 2020
Thurrock Council is calling on residents to be aware of the noise levels in their homes and gardens as people follow government coronavirus (COVID-19) advice to stay home and protect lives.
The Environmental Protection team has received a large increase in calls from residents upset or distressed about nuisance neighbours. The top subjects of calls are:

Primary school admissions continue to see positive results

16 April 2020
Figures released today, Thursday 16 April, have revealed that a vast majority of children across Thurrock will receive their first or second primary school choice for the September 2020 academic year.
From the 2,518 applications received this year, all children will receive a school place in Thurrock, with 95% of children receiving their first or second school choice. An additional 105 children received their first school choice compared to 2019 figures.
Similarly to previous years, 98% of school places were applied for online.

Council rolls out four-weekly garden waste collections

15 April 2020
Following a 2-week suspension, Thurrock council is re-introducing regular brown bin collections.
Cllr Aaron Watkins, Cabinet member for environment said: "I am pleased to announce that we are able to introduce a limited return to garden waste collections.
"Our current resources have allowed us to bring this service back following a brief two-week suspension. We ask residents to try to minimise garden waste at this time and compact what they have to dispose of as much as possible to ensure it will fit in the bin.

Advice given in Thurrock parks over the weekend

15 April 2020
Over the Easter bank holiday weekend, Thurrock Council's Environmental Enforcement officers – in partnership with Essex Police – spoke with over 1,500 people to remind them of the government's social distancing rules and the advice to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Council leader says stay at home and applauds tremendous work being done

9 April 2020
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, is warning residents they should stay at home and limit contact with others as much as possible over the bank holiday weekend while Thurrock Council will be working hard to make sure critical services continue to be delivered.
He is also asking residents to join him in applauding the tremendous work being carried out by Thurrock Council's incredible teams.

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action supports most vulnerable

7 April 2020
Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA) has spoken to 636 of our most vulnerable residents during the first 5 days of the community response launching last Wednesday (1 April). In addition, over 350 residents have come forward to volunteer to give their time helping those who are most vulnerable keep safe and well and to stay at home.

Business grant distribution - have you provided information?

6 April 2020
Thurrock Council has already helped local businesses get over £4.3 million worth of government support grants.
The grants, which were made available last week, have been created to help businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. They are funded by the government but distributed to businesses by local councils.
In Thurrock, 340 local businesses have received their payments. The first 47 were paid on Friday 3 April. After the finance tram working through the weekend another 293 were ready for payment today (Monday 6 April.

Don't play around with coronavirus restrictions

1 April 2020
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has slammed irresponsible people who are flouting social distancing rules and breaking into closed play areas in the borough's parks.
Last week Thurrock Council, following government guidelines, closed all park play areas and outdoor exercise areas because it is not possible for residents including families to observe social distancing when using them. 
Since then:

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action helpline launched

1 April 2020
At 9am today (Wednesday 1 April), Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA) – a partnership led by Thurrock Council working with Stronger Together and Thurrock CVS – will be launching a helpline and online form to support residents who:
are vulnerable due to self-isolation
have worsening mental or physical health issues
do not have friends, family or local support in place at this time
This helpline is for Thurrock residents who need help as a priority and are without help in the community.

Government grants for businesses

31 March 2020
Thurrock Council is acting quickly to help local businesses make sure that they take full advantage of government grants available to help them stay afloat during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The following grants are available to businesses and shops in the borough: