Nuisance dog owner given 10-year Criminal Behaviour Order

10 September 2019
A man who was fined more than £12,000 after making his neighbours' lives a misery by keeping a house full of dogs has also been hit with a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).
On Wednesday 4 September, Basildon Magistrates' Court was presented with evidence by Thurrock Council deemed so serious that a 10-year CBO was awarded against the defendant.

Principal Social Worker secures secondment as Chief Social Worker for England

9 September 2019
Thurrock's Principal Social Worker Fran Leddra has been appointed to the position of Chief Social Worker for England in a joint role with Mark Harvey of Hertfordshire County Council.
Fran Leddra, Principal Social Worker and Strategic Lead for Safeguarding and Adult Social Care, will be stepping up to the position in the Department for Health on Tuesday 1 October 2019.

Interim unauthorised encampment injunction granted

4 September 2019
Thurrock Council has successfully been granted an interim injunction to prevent unauthorised encampments in the borough.
The interim injunction will prevent named defendants from setting up an encampment anywhere within Thurrock without lawful permission. It will also prevent ‘persons unknown’ from setting up an encampment on a number of named sites within the borough.
Following the hearing at The Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday 3 September, the council was granted the injunction, which is enforceable on areas of both public and private land in the borough.

Nature walks boost Healthy Walks programme

3 September 2019
Residents of all ages can benefit from two new healthy walks held in the borough’s nature reserves.
From Wednesday 4 September and Thursday 5 September, adults and children can take part in the newly-launched walks at RSPB Rainham Marshes and Essex Wildlife Trust's Thurrock Thameside Nature Park. Both 1-hour sessions are run by Thurrock Council's free Healthy Walks programme, which aims to bring the community together to promote the benefits of walking and support residents in leading a healthy, active lifestyle.
The scheme now hosts 7 free Healthy Walks sessions:

Performance report highlights continued successes

3 September 2019
Significant achievements in customer services, timely bin collections and potholes being filled more quickly are just some of the successes that Thurrock Council has achieved this year to date.
The first corporate performance monitoring report for 2019/20 announced a very positive start to the financial year with almost three-quarters of indicators achieving target and 53.5% of indicators performing better than the previous year. The customer services and refuse teams surpassed targets, and the council is ahead of new apprentice goals.

Thurrock Council receives government high street funding

30 August 2019
Grays has been named as one of 50 additional towns which have been successful in the first round of bids for the government’s Future High Street Fund.
It means that Thurrock Council will receive funding to develop a detailed business plan to bid for a share of £1billion government funding, which can be used to invest in new infrastructure to revitalise Grays High Street, attracting businesses, shoppers and homes to the town.

Free private fostering workshop

30 August 2019
A free workshop will take place on Monday 16 September 2019, offering advice about private fostering to members of the public, volunteers and professionals.
Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 – or 18, if disabled – is being cared for, away from their home, by someone who is not a parent or close relative, for 28 days or more.
The free session is taking place in Committee Room 3 of the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays from 10am to midday on Monday 16 September.

Applications for secondary school places open this September

29 August 2019
The next round of applications for secondary school places in Thurrock opens on Monday 2 September 2019.
Parents and carers of children who were born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 will be able to apply for a secondary school place from this date. The deadline for applications this year is 11.59pm on Thursday 31 October 2019.
Cllr James Halden, Cabinet member for education and health, said: "It's an exciting time for our young people as they make the step up from primary school to secondary school.

Celebrating seafarers in Thurrock

27 August 2019
Past and present members of the Merchant Navy will be honoured by Thurrock Council at a special event this September.
On Tuesday 3 September at 10:20am, the Red Ensign flag of the Merchant Navy will be raised outside the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays, for Merchant Navy Day. Following the flag-raising, the Mayor of Thurrock will read a special message from HRH The Earl of Wessex.