New council homes as Belmont Road development gets the go ahead

6 February 2018
Councillors agreed unanimously at Full Council last week (Wednesday 31 January) to fund Thurrock Regeneration Limited (TRL) to deliver 80 new homes and bungalows at Belmont Road, Grays – a scheme that will include 28 new council houses.
The new approach to funding new council homes is both innovative and ground breaking, reinvesting right-to-buy receipts along with other capital receipts to acquire 28 much needed new council homes for Thurrock residents on the housing register.

War Memorial gets a refresh

6 February 2018
Thurrock Council, in consultation with the Royal British Legion Society (RBLS) and the World War One Commemorative Events Committee, will be replacing two trees near the Grays Cenotaph with new lower level planting.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: "The trees were becoming too big for the beds and growing too high and interfering with the flag pole close by.
"We know this area is important to Thurrock and in our ongoing work commemorating the centenary of World War 1 to honour British troops, I’m very pleased to see improvements being made.

Housing Overview and Scrutiny extraordinary meeting rescheduled

6 February 2018
Today's meeting (Tuesday 6 February) Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be rescheduled after the chair requested further work is undertaken to better inform the committee reports.
The meeting was set up specifically to look in detail at the customer experience of survivors of domestic abuse and people with mental health conditions approaching the homelessness team.
Upon receiving the report last week, the Chair of the committee took the decision to postpone and reschedule the committee meeting.

Council agrees new vision and priorities

6 February 2018
Thurrock will be "an ambitious and collaborative community which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future". This is the new vision for Thurrock as agreed at Full Council on Wednesday 31 January.

Councils to work together like never before

2 February 2018
A 'game-changing' association of south Essex councils has been formed with the signing of a memorandum of understanding.
The Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) consists of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Essex County, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, and Thurrock councils. All 7 councils have recognised the need to work across borders on strategic issues such as infrastructure, planning and growth.

Survey step towards Tilbury Integrated Medical Centre

2 February 2018
Work on Thurrock's first Integrated Medical Centre will take a significant first step as site surveys get underway.
Beginning on 5 February, surveys in Civic Square, Tilbury will start to help inform the design and planning of the centre.
The work will include topographical surveys and assessments ranging from flood risk, utilities, ecology and transport studies over the next few months. Full public access will be maintained throughout.

Highways and Transport moving in the right direction

1 February 2018
At a meeting of full Council on Wednesday (31 January) night, Cllr Brian Little – Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport – presented an overview of how services performed last year.
He introduced his report by sharing some of the successes achieved.

Council jumps 135 places in Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

1 February 2018
Results of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index have revealed Thurrock Council moved up 135 places in the official ranking – an increase of 31% compared to results from 2016. The authority now sits within the top half of organisations across the country who took part in the assessment.

Local Council Tax Support Scheme to continue

1 February 2018
It was announced at a meeting of full Council last night (31 January) that Thurrock Council will continue its current Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTS) for 2018/19.
Portfolio Holder for Finance and IT, Cllr Shane Hebb, said: "We agreed to continue supporting this scheme because remains affordable, easy to administer, reasonable and fit for purpose.
"The collection rate for 2016/17 for council tax from those in the scheme was 96.64 percent and the design of the scheme supports a high collection rate.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

30 January 2018
Over 100 people, young and old, braved the cold weather last week (Friday 26 January) at Palmer's Rest Garden in High View Avenue to pay their respects and mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
The annual event – this year themed on 'The Power of Words' – reminds us to condemn the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism, and to value a free, tolerant and democratic society.
Rev Canon Darren Barlow opened the event and led the service. Children and their teachers from local schools joined the commemoration.