Thurrock's Next Top Boss partnerships announced

4 October 2018
A launch event held following Opportunity Thurrock on Wednesday 3 October, announced the business and school partnerships for the 2018/19 Thurrock's Next Top Boss programme.
Thurrock's Next Top Boss, run by Inspire Thurrock Council, gives young people the chance of working with local employers on real business challenges.
The businesses will set their challenge for the students to solve and develop and will work closely with the teams from October 2018 to January 2019 to ensure the judging criteria is met ahead of their final submission in the new year.

Funding award set to improve and maintain parks

2 October 2018
Thurrock Council and local partner voluntary organisation, Friends of Hardie Park, have received a funding award to develop a Community Stewardship model for improving and maintaining 5 parks across the borough.
The award is part of £1.5million of funding and support from Nesta, the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund and the 'Performing Parks' initiative aims to help those with creative and innovative ideas for running public spaces and plans to help them thrive. 

Thurrock Council in discussions to fund a team of police officers

2 October 2018
Discussions have been taking place with Essex police for Thurrock Council to fund a team of police officers who will focus on targeting anti-social behaviour (ASB) across the borough.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "I've been having discussions with Essex Police since June this year about working together to have a team of police officers funded by the council working across the borough, to increase the visibility of police across Thurrock and to increase capacity to tackle the blight of ASB.

Plans for vital new A13 slip roads at Lakeside welcomed

2 October 2018
Thurrock Council and its partners have welcomed the announcement of a vital new road improvement scheme in the borough.
Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, announced that new slip roads will be created on the eastern side of the existing junction between the A13 and A126 at Lakeside during the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham yesterday.

National recognition for £1billion Purfleet regeneration project

2 October 2018
Thurrock Council and its development partner, Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited (PCRL), have won a national award after putting the community at the heart of £1billion plans to transform Purfleet.
The partners picked up the Best Public Participation Award at the 14th annual Brownfield Briefing Awards.
The award came in recognition of the approach that has been taken to working in partnership with the community to shape the Purfleet proposals and build support for the project, including:

Help keep people reading by becoming a Home-Link volunteer

27 September 2018
Thurrock libraries are looking for volunteers to help deliver books to people who have difficulty getting to their local library.
Thurrock Council's Home-Link library service sees volunteers visit the homes of people with mobility issues to make sure they have a constant supply of books to read by delivering new books and swapping the old ones for them.
Each library has one round that goes out once a month. Volunteers must have a valid driving licence and will get 40p a mile driving expenses.

New joined up approach to social work launches

27 September 2018
Social work professionals, local providers and partners came together on Thursday 27 September to launch a new strengths based model of work for social care in Thurrock. The Signs of Safety model introduces an inclusive approach to working with vulnerable families that recognises the strengths of families and facilitates a more collaborative approach to improving care for their children.

Thurrock planning team sitting top of national table

27 September 2018
Thurrock Council's planning team is now officially the best in the country when it comes to determining applications on time.
According to tables published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last week, Thurrock Council sits joint top for the first quarter of 2018/19 with 100% of planning applications determined within nationally-set targets.

Community gets a closer look at plans for an integrated medical centre in Tilbury

27 September 2018
Residents yesterday got a closer look at the latest designs for a proposed new integrated medical centre that will bring health and care services to the heart of Tilbury.
The Tilbury and Chadwell integrated medical centre, planned to be built in Civic Square, is one of four proposed across the borough, along with others in Purfleet, Corringham, and Grays.
Having agreed to fund the building of the integrated medical centre in Tilbury, subject to a final business case, Thurrock Council is now sharing initial concept designs with the community.

Recognising community-spirited Summer Reading Challenge volunteers

27 September 2018
Thurrock Council has celebrated 35 young people who gave up their time to volunteer to help run this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
More than 3,000 children took part in this year's Mischief Makers-themed Summer Reading Challenge at libraries in Thurrock. The Summer Reading Challenge, which runs every year in libraries across the borough, is a national reading scheme aimed at encouraging children to read six books during the summer holidays to gain rewards, including stickers, certificates and even a medal.