Cabinet sets out plans for capital expenditure for the next year

13 February 2019
East facing slip roads on the A13, widening the A13 and enhancements to cycle routes are among the ambitious schemes set out in two financial reports approved at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.
The quarter-billion pound Capital Programme sets out priorities for investment while the Capital Strategy 2019/20 outlines how these schemes will be funded. Both were approved at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting. 

A1089 – litter issue pressure continues

13 February 2019
Thurrock Council is continuing to challenge Highways England to find a solution for the litter and lay-by problems plaguing the A1089. 
Cllr Aaron Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Highways, said: “We are aware that there is still a problem on the A1089 and we are urging Highways England to take action to clear it up. I have been disappointed at the lack of action and attention which they have given to this issue. 
“We know that this is a cause of concern to many of our residents and it is something we as a council take extremely seriously. 

Don't let rogue traders catch you out

13 February 2019
Trading Standards is warning residents to be wary of rogue traders posing as bogus tree surgeons and builders throughout the borough.
Officers have received complaints about tree surgeons charging excessive amounts to do little or no work, making unnecessary home improvements/maintenance work or using cold calling as a cover for distraction burglary. 

Joint operation has huge impact on motorbike nuisance

13 February 2019
A joint operation between Thurrock Council and Essex Police has had a huge impact in cutting down on anti-social behaviour caused by reckless motorcyclists with a 50% drop in reports during the peak summer months. 
Thurrock Council provided funding to Essex police to support them in cracking down on this issue. 
In just nine months Essex Police have carried out a large number of operations against people committing these kinds of offences including: 
•           Six people arrested for various offences
•           25 warnings issued about offences

Grant boost for projects promoting eco-friendly travel

12 February 2019
Voluntary and community groups encouraging sustainable travel within Thurrock can benefit from a newly launched grant scheme.
ForwardMotion – a collaborative initiative between Thurrock, Essex and Southend-on-Sea councils – is inviting local not-for-profit organisations that deliver projects promoting alternative ways of travel within the borough to apply for grants ranging from £250 to £20,000.
Funds will be allocated towards supporting:

Thurrock Council backs The Great British Spring Clean

11 February 2019
For the third consecutive year, Thurrock Council is supporting a nationwide campaign to encourage residents to help clean up their local communities.
From Friday 22 March to Tuesday 23 Apri, the council will back local groups taking part in The Great British Spring Clean, an annual initiative launched by anti-litter charity Keep Britain Tidy.

£4.5m awarded to south Essex for gigabit connectivity

11 February 2019
Schools, GP surgeries, care homes and village halls across South Essex are set to enjoy from some of the fastest broadband connections in the UK thanks to a £4.5m boost secured by south Essex councils.
Homes and local businesses are also expected to benefit from the programme.
The broadband boost is the result of a successful bid to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) by south Essex councils working under the banner of the Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA).

Planning team gets national recognition as finalist for prestigious award

11 February 2019
Thurrock Council's planning team has been recognised as one of the best in the country after being announced as a finalist at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence for 2019.
These are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

Fly-tippers face prosecution

11 February 2019
Thurrock Council is launching a hard-hitting campaign to let fly-tippers know that their criminal behaviour will not be tolerated in the borough.
The campaign warns anyone using Thurrock to illegally dump rubbish that they face prosecution, which can lead to a huge fine or prison sentence and a criminal record.
As well as targeting fly-tippers, the council is giving residents the information they need to avoid having their waste taken by unlicensed and unscrupulous waste carriers, which could end up landing them with a hefty fine.

Council addresses obesity at borough's first dedicated summit

11 February 2019
Professionals and community groups gathered together today (Friday 8 February) to tackle obesity throughout Thurrock at the borough's first Whole Systems Obesity Summit.
Hosted by Thurrock Council at Orsett Hall, the Whole Systems Obesity Summit showcased the council's new approach to challenging increasing obesity trends in Thurrock to over 100 attendees. Those present first listened to a range of speakers including the Director of Public Health, Ian Wake, and Mark Cortnage, who founded Shift the Timber – a physical activity programme for Thurrock residents.