School Meals service is served up prestigious award

25 July 2019
For the fifth year running Thurrock Council's school meal service has been recognised officially for the high quality, healthy meals it serves to pupils across the borough.
The Gold Food for Life award, presented by the SOIL Association, recognises that the meals produced by the service use fresh ingredients that are seasonal and ethically and sustainably sourced by using Fair Trade and free range produce. The award also recognises that school menus are free from trans-fats, artificial sweeteners, food colours and additives whilst using zero genetically modified ingredients.

Find out how to become a childminder

24 July 2019
Childminding is a career that provides rewarding opportunities to work with children and their families.
Thurrock Council is encouraging prospective childminders to come along to a free information session taking place on Monday 5 August 2019 from 7pm to 9pm, at the Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL.
Cllr James Halden, Cabinet member for education and health said: "As a childminder you will be supporting children, providing an exciting start to their life adventures and early years development.

World War 2 memories come to life

22 July 2019
Find out what World War 2 (WWII) was really like for people living in the borough at a free exhibition in Grays.
Residents can discover how the war affected Thurrock in the 'WWII Memories of Thurrock' exhibition, compiled by Thurrock Museum volunteers, in the ground floor exhibition space of the Thameside Complex in New Road, Grays.
Visitors can explore images like the one below from Thurrock Museum's archives, local newspapers and other sources. Photos from family collections will also be showcased, displaying local people and places.

Have your say on proposed Purfleet name change

19 July 2019
Proposals to formally rename Purfleet as Purfleet-on-Thames are being put to the public.
The online consultation, which will run for 12 weeks from Monday 22 July to Sunday 13 October, offers everyone an opportunity to give their views about the proposed name change.
Businesses, community groups and residents will all be engaged throughout the process, and posters promoting the plans will be displayed in Purfleet Community Hub, local bus stops and by local organisations.

'Outrage' over CCG merger plans to Secretary of State

19 July 2019
Letters have been written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and to Thurrock MPs, raising serious concerns about plans by NHS England to merge Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with 4 other CCGs in South Essex.
The action comes after it emerged NHS England has instructed the 5 CCG accountable officers to set out a clear and agreed timeline for a formal CCG merger by the end of September 2019.
Thurrock Council last week criticised the plans, which it fears would lead to the loss of local accountability and strong existing partnerships. 

Appeal for dash cam footage after truck spills concrete on A13

15 July 2019
Thurrock Council is appealing for help identifying a truck that spilt concrete onto the A13.
The driver failed to stop after concrete fell from a yellow and grey tipper truck onto the inside lane of the Southend-bound carriageway on the approach to the exit for the Orsett Cock roundabout at about 3:10pm on Thursday 11 July.
The council's highways contractor attended and briefly closed the slip road to remove debris from the road.

Thurrock celebrates best ever KS2 results

12 July 2019
Primary schools in Thurrock are celebrating after initial Key Stage 2 results revealed the percentage of 11 year-olds achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths is higher than ever before.
The number of pupils achieving this expected standard across all 3 subjects combined has risen from 66% in 2018 to 70% in 2019. This year's result is also higher than the national figure of 65% for these subjects combined, as reported by the Department for Education.

Performance report shares council successes in 2018/19

11 July 2019
More young people in education or employment, potholes being filled more quickly and more new apprentices recruited were just some of the notable successes for Thurrock Council last year.
An end of year performance report, presented at a meeting of the council’s Cabinet tonight (Wednesday 10 July), showed 68% of the authority's performance indicator targets were met in 2018/19 – up from 66 per cent in 2017/18, 59% in 2016/17 and 49% in 2015/16.
Among the indicators highlighted in the report were:

Man fined and car seized after being caught on CCTV fly-tipping

10 July 2019
A man has been fined and his vehicle seized after being caught on CCTV fly-tipping in South Ockendon.
Eight bags of household rubbish were dumped at the roadside in Dennises Lane at 1:30am on Sunday 30 June.
The offence was reported to Thurrock Council and swiftly investigated.
A car was this morning (Wednesday 10 July) seized in connection with the fly-tip and a Thurrock resident was interviewed and subsequently fined £400 and ordered to pay £220 costs. The resident has already paid in full and the vehicle will now be returned.

Call for complete re-think on CCG merger proposals

10 July 2019
Thurrock Council has criticised NHS England's "dreadful" proposals to merge the 5 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in south and mid-Essex.
Initial discussions have been held with the various CCG boards, including Thurrock CCG, about a potential switch to create a single executive structure, with a view to then forming a single CCG in the near future.
Thurrock Council fears the loss of local accountability and strong existing partnerships, together with the varying needs and combined size of the 5 affected areas, mean the proposals are flawed.