Infrastructure-first approach to ambitious regeneration plans

31 January 2019
Thurrock Council has vowed to make sure the vital infrastructure is in place to support its ambitious regeneration plans.
The council is working closely with partners on proposed schemes across six growth areas, which will bring big infrastructure improvements to Thurrock and create thousands of new homes and jobs in the borough.
Progress continues to be made with proposed regeneration projects in Purfleet, Grays, Lakeside and Tilbury, as well as at London Gateway and Thames Enterprise Park.

Government awards £4.3m for Thames Estuary creative corridor

30 January 2019
More than £4million has been awarded towards an ambitious project to help establish the Thames Estuary as a world leader for the creative and cultural industries.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has awarded £4.3million from the Cultural Development Fund to the Thames Estuary Production Corridor (TEPC) partnership.
The funding will kick start a £6.7million #CreativeEstuary programme, which aims to unlock culture-led growth across Thurrock, south Essex and north Kent, helping establish the region as a creative hub.

Joint operation targets waste carriers

29 January 2019
A joint operation involving Essex Police, Thurrock Council and the Environment Agency saw over 20 officers hitting the streets last Friday to tackle potential fly-tippers operating in Thurrock.
Between 5pm and midnight on Friday 25 January officers stopped any vehicles they suspected of transporting waste to make sure they were properly licensed.
The team stopped around 30 vehicles and took the following action:

£1 million funding secured for extra police in Thurrock

25 January 2019
Thurrock Council has set aside £1 million funding for extra police officers over the next 3 years to help tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "Over the last 3 years Thurrock Council has been running service reviews and an investment strategy which has led to one-off budget surpluses over the next 4 years. This has allowed us to look to enhance services we know are important to our residents.

Drones to be used in the fight against environmental crime

24 January 2019
Thurrock Council will use aerial imagery from drones to help in tackling environmental crime in Thurrock.
The council will use the drones, otherwise known as unmanned aerial systems (UAS), to assist with crime prevention and to investigate crimes, as well as for site surveys and other appropriate aerial photography work.
All drone flights will be risk assessed, follow strict Civil Aviation Authority-approved procedures and be operated by qualified UAS pilots. Strict controls will also be in place to protect the safety and privacy of residents.

40mph speed limit to be introduced as part of A13 road widening

22 January 2019
Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit will come into force on the A13 from next month ahead of road widening works.
Thurrock Council’s £79million A13 project is one of the largest local authority-managed road schemes in the country and involves widening a 2.3 mile section of road from two to three lanes in both directions between the A128 (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 (The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope).

Foster carers celebrate long service at special ceremony

22 January 2019
Long-serving foster carers have been honoured at an exclusive event to mark years of inspirational work helping children in Thurrock.
On Saturday 19 January, 100 guests, including Deputy Mayor Cllr Piccolo and Cllr Little, attended a fostering celebration event held at Orsett Hall. Long service awards were presented to foster carers who have clocked up 5-plus years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and 40 years of fostering children within the borough.

Princesses and scientists to take over Thameside Theatre this February half term

21 January 2019
Whether it is being wowed by exhilarating experiments or dancing away at a pop princess party, there is plenty for the kids to enjoy at the Thameside Theatre this February half-term.
The 'Exciting Science Show' takes to the stage at the theatre in Grays at 2pm on Tuesday 19 February, with tickets priced at £10.

Council hosts free private fostering workshop

21 January 2019
A free workshop will take place next month advising professionals, volunteers and members of the public on all aspects of private fostering.
Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 – or under 18 if disabled – is being cared for by someone who is not a parent or close relative for 28 days or more.

Cabinet approves key changes to housing allocation policy

18 January 2019
Local people in the highest need of a home will be the focus of Thurrock Council’s new housing allocation policy, following the scheme’s first major overhaul for nearly 5 years.
Thurrock Council's Cabinet last night approved the revised housing allocation plan to ensure it reflects current housing pressures. Specific changes, following an extensive 2-stage public consultation, include: