Council Leader hits out at incorrect BBC local authority finance article

29 May 2019
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, has hit out at spurious claims made in a BBC report that Thurrock Council is one of 11 UK authorities in danger of depleting their reserves.
Cllr Gledhill said: "This report appears to be based on incorrect assumptions and faulty maths. The idea that Thurrock Council could be in danger of running out of reserves is ludicrous. Thanks to our long-term economic plan and investment strategy we are in one of the strongest financial positions of any unitary authority in the UK.

Get out in Thurrock's parks this half-term

21 May 2019
All the family can enjoy the great outdoors this May half-term by taking part in free, fun park activities.
Following the successful 'Active Parks' Easter programme, which saw more than 300 people participate in events during the Easter school holiday, borough parks will host free morning and afternoon sessions from Tuesday 28 May to Friday 31 May – subject to weather conditions.

Jet Patching Thurrock's roads

16 May 2019
A special high-tech and high-speed pothole repair team has been brought in to work on roads across Thurrock for a third year.
The team from Velocity, the company which pioneered this technology to repair and fill road defects, use high-powered jets to clear potholes, seal them and then fill them in.
They will be working on 39 roads in Thurrock for 3 weeks, during which time they will fill hundreds of potholes.

Landlords reminded of imminent new licensing scheme

16 May 2019
Landlords in Thurrock are being reminded to apply for a licence ahead of the launch of a new scheme to improve the conditions and management of shared homes.
Thurrock Council's additional licensing scheme starts on 1 June and will require private landlords and managing agents renting shared houses or flats to 3 or 4 unrelated people – houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) – to be licensed in certain parts of Thurrock.

Make a difference and consider fostering in Thurrock

13 May 2019
Thurrock Council's Fostering Team are hosting a number of events this month as part of Foster Care Fortnight.
Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from Monday 13 May to Sunday 26 May 2019, is a national campaign to raise the profile of fostering, its benefits and how it transforms the lives of children and young people.
Pop along and meet the team to find out more about fostering, have your questions answered and receive information about the benefits of fostering with Thurrock Council.
The events taking place during Foster Care Fortnight are:

Tribute trio coming to the Thameside Theatre

7 May 2019
Music lovers are in for a treat this summer with the Thameside Theatre playing host to a trio of fantastic tribute acts.
The series of shows begins with the UK’s number 1 David Bowie tribute act, Ultimate Bowie, coming to the theatre in Grays on Saturday 1 June. Starring Ed Blaney, the show captures the essence and authenticity of David Bowie, and will be sure to have you singing along to classics from Space Oddity to Let's Dance and the latest massive hit, Blackstar.

Thurrock Council election results 2019

3 May 2019
The results of Thurrock Council’s elections have been announced.
Elections took place in 16 of the borough’s 20 wards yesterday (Thursday, 2 May). The results mean there remains no party in overall control of the council, with the current breakdown of seats as follows:

Litter offenders pay out more than £1,000

3 May 2019
Thurrock Council continues to take action on littering throughout the borough after 3 litter offenders were forced to pay more than £1,000 between them.
On Monday 29 April, 3 people were prosecuted and found guilty of littering offences in Thurrock, given a criminal record and ordered to pay a fine and costs at Basildon Magistrates Court. All 3 had been previously issued a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by enforcement officers.

Borough-wide litter picks hailed a great success

30 April 2019
Thurrock litter heroes have rallied together and cleaned up a staggering 30 tonnes of rubbish from their local communities in support of this year’s Great British Spring Clean.
Residents and local groups collected more than 3,000 bags of rubbish weighing 30 tonnes during community-led clean-up events held across the borough from Friday 22 March to Tuesday 23 April. The council has also worked with organisers of registered clean-ups to provide equipment and collect filled refuse sacks.