Thurrock Education Awards 2018

10 July 2018
Thurrock Council is again celebrating the magnificent work and outstanding achievements of our colleagues in schools and other education settings.
Nominations for the fifth Thurrock Education Awards open on Monday 16 July 2018.
Cllr James Halden, portfolio holder for education and health, said: "The Thurrock education awards are an important part of how we recognise success, innovation, leadership and achievements of the staff who work in our early years settings, schools, academies and post-16 provision.

Don't miss this soup-er business opportunity

10 July 2018
Thurrock residents are being invited to have their business ideas turned into reality thanks to another 'Thurrock Soup' event.
Thurrock Soup is a series of events to inspire social enterprise and business ideas from the local community.
Giving for Thurrock (GiFT) has helped fund this wonderful event to support ways to access and secure funding for future local projects for entrepreneurs in our borough.

Council welcomes plans to co-locate health services following Orsett Hospital decision

6 July 2018
The statement below follows today’s meeting of the Mid and South Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Joint Committee and the decision relating to Orsett Hospital.
Cllr James Halden, Thurrock Council's portfolio holder for Heath, said: "We have worked hard with the NHS and I am delighted their decision reflects our understanding that Orsett Hospital will not close until our four new integrated medical centres are up and running and services are available.

Are you a private foster carer?

6 July 2018
Are you or someone that you know caring for a child that is under the age of 16 – under 18 if disabled – and not a close relative, for 28 days or more? If so, this may be private fostering and it is a legal requirement that Thurrock Council are informed.
Private Fostering Week, from Monday 9 July to Friday 13 July, is a national campaign to raise the profile of private fostering.

Thurrock planning team among the best in the country

5 July 2018
Thurrock Council's planning team is one of the fastest, most proactive and accessible planning services in the country and has earned a place in the top 4 planning authorities nationwide.
The team is also in the top 3% of planning authorities in terms of timeliness of decisions made and the strong links it has with the development industry. Its forward thinking and commercial awareness helps to drive continued investment into the borough.

Discover Thurrock this summer

3 July 2018
Thurrock Council is encouraging residents and visitors to make the most of the warm weather and discover what Thurrock has to offer.
With its rich heritage, nature-filled parks, beautiful riverfront and exciting programme of events, there really is something for the whole family to enjoy in the borough.
Whether it be exploring Tilbury Fort or Coalhouse Fort, enjoying the great outdoors at Chafford Gorges Nature Park or Thameside Nature Park, or watching a show at Thameside Theatre in Grays, the options are endless.

Next stages of Local Plan consultation to be discussed

2 July 2018
Plans for the next stage of consultation for the Local Plan will be discussed at Planning, Transportation, Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday 4 July.
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said: "The next stage of the Local Plan, called the 'issues and options' consultation, is all about seeking the views of our communities and key stakeholders about how Thurrock should develop and grow in the future.

Report highlights rise in standard of schools and GP surgeries

28 June 2018
Schools, the NHS and other partners have been praised by Thurrock Council following a successful year for education and healthcare in Thurrock.
Cllr James Halden, the council’s portfolio holder for education and health, congratulated everyone involved as he provided his annual report at the meeting of full council last night (27 June).
Among the accomplishments highlighted were:

All residents safe following flat fire in Chadwell

28 June 2018
Robust emergency procedures and quick action from officers from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Thurrock Council officers meant that not a single person was injured as the result of a fire in a seventh floor flat in a Chadwell St Mary tower block.
The fire broke out at 5:48pm on Tuesday evening (26 June). It was contained to the flat where it started and nearly all residents were able to stay in their homes as the rest of the block suffered little or no damage.