Vote for your community stars in the Thurrock Civic Awards 2020

5 January 2020
The public vote is now open for residents to help choose the finalists in this year’s Thurrock Civic Awards.
Local residents, community groups and businesses, who were each nominated for one of the eight Civic Award categories, can now be voted for online anonymously. The public vote can be accessed until midday on Wednesday 15 January 2020, by going to the council's Civic Awards web pages.

Thurrock awarded £27,000 to crack down on rogue landlords

3 January 2020
Thurrock Council has been awarded a share of over £4million to crack down on criminal landlords and letting agents.
The £27,000 government funding will be used to develop a multi-agency approach in targeting landlords operating unregistered care homes that provide residential accommodation to young adults from outside of Thurrock.
The council will work with Essex Police and the Youth Offending Service to take enforcement action against rogue landlords and make sure other councils improve their accountability towards young adults in their care.

Loss of power at Collins House

31 December 2019
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "We have experienced a loss of power at Collins House today, Tuesday 31 December 2019. This has resulted in loss of heat, light and other emergency facilities such as the fire alarm systems. The immediate response by council officers has been to ensure suitable alternative arrangements have been made for our residents based on their needs and to speak to and reassure all their families.

#GiveAGift is a wrap - thank you, Thurrock!

23 December 2019
Thurrock Council's award winning Give a Gift has come to a close last week having received, wrapped and delivered presents to more than 2,200 Thurrock children in need this Christmas.
The Give A Gift store where donations were made was open at intu Lakeside for just 2 weeks from Monday 25 November through to Sunday 8 December 2019. Volunteers saw hundreds of visitors choose a star from the Christmas tree, each representing a child in need in Thurrock, before shopping for an age appropriate present to donate.

Celebration as Children's Services rated Good by Ofsted

20 December 2019
Thurrock Council has received very positive feedback on its Children's Services which have been rated 'Good' following a recent full inspection by Ofsted.
A team from Ofsted carried out a detailed and thorough inspection of all aspects of Children's Services between Monday 4 November and Friday 22 November 2019. The inspection, under the Inspection of Local Authorities Children's Services (ILACS) framework, involved:

Clean and green services record high score in national survey

18 December 2019
Thurrock Council's investment into 'Clean It, Cut It', continues to make strides, with improvements made in more than half of its green and clean service areas in the past year, according to a recent inspection by Keep Britain Tidy.
Figures recorded in this year's Keep Britain Tidy Local Environmental Quality Survey of England (LEQSE) reveal that the council has made clear improvements in its clean and green services with seven out of 10 areas, including public footpaths and rural roads, demonstrating vast improvements and being well within target.

Arts and culture fund open for expressions of interest

18 December 2019
A new £25,000 grant programme, aimed at supporting projects that use arts and culture to help build strong and well-connected communities, has opened for expressions of interest.
Funded by Thurrock Council, the Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) will enable local artists and arts organisations to bid for up to £4,000 to support arts and cultural projects in Thurrock.

Days of action tackle rogue landlords in Corringham and Purfleet

17 December 2019
Thurrock Council is warning private landlords renting shared houses or flats in the borough to ensure their properties are licensed correctly.
The council’s Private Housing team held a day of action on Wednesday 20 November in Corringham, and another a week later on Tuesday 3 December in Purfleet, to crack down on private landlords renting unlicensed shared houses or flats to three or four unrelated people – known as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).