Local author donates books to Thurrock libraries

15 December 2017
Tilbury-born author, Lesley Jones has joined other local writers in donating copies of their works to Thurrock's libraries.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for libraries, said: "Thurrock is full of talented people. Grays library's ‘Made in Thurrock' collection gathers together a range of local popular authors such as Russell Brand, Michelle Harrison and Virginia Heath.
"Recent books donated are Lesley Jones’ breath-taking 'Carnage' series, Dave Petrie’s children’s 'tail', 'The cat who flew', and Vicky Jones and Claire Hackney's 'Meet me at 10'."

Hundreds of pupils complete road safety course

12 December 2017
Thurrock Council, together with the Safer Essex Road Partnership, has been working with 13 local schools to train 249 year-three pupils in how to keep safe on the road during winter months.
The Twillight Trail project has been hailed a success after hundreds of students completed a 6-week course that taught them the importance of 'Being Bright' and 'Being Seen' when travelling along highways on foot, bike or scooter.
 Portfolio Holder for Highways, Cllr Brian Little said: "The council is working hard to keep our youngest residents safe while outside.

Fostering recruitment is improving but more needs to be done

11 December 2017
The Foster Carers Annual Report 2016/17 was heard at Corporate Parenting committee last week (Wednesday 6 December). The report explains that lots of good work is taking place, but there is still a shortage of local foster carers.
The committee heard how 10 new carers were approved between April and March in 2016/17, and that 4 carers had resigned or retired. The committee also heard about strategies introduced to retain existing foster carers.

Free parking throughout December

8 December 2017
Shoppers in Thurrock get a boost this Christmas as local parking will be free each Saturday in December.
The offer covers all council-owned car parks, as well as pay and display on-street parking.
Portfolio Holder for Highways, Cllr Brian Little said: “These days Christmas shopping can mean anything from getting your food at the local market, buying cards from a local seller on Facebook, or a trip to the local butchers.

New hub for Aveley progressing well

7 December 2017
Good progress is being made on the new Aveley Community Hub, as the development moves closer to being able to provide vital services to the community.
A report to be presented by Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Cllr Mark Coxshall, next week (Wednesday 13 December) gives an update on progress, consultation and design, as well as outlining the next steps.
The expected design of the building will include:

Free under-30s employment scheme a hit in Thurrock

7 December 2017
Almost 600 young people have signed up for Thurrock Council's new £3m OnTrack youth employment initiative – a completely free, tailor-made career support service aimed at unemployed 16 to 29 year-olds in the borough.
OnTrack is the only programme of its kind in Essex and the East of England. It provides free access to:
further education
help with CVs, applications and interview preparation
Industries that OnTrack has helped young people to enter into include:

Free parking returns to King Street Car Park for Christmas

7 December 2017
Thurrock Council has negotiated an agreement with the owners of King Street Car Park, Stanford-le-Hope to provide 2-hours free parking over the Christmas and New Year period.
From Saturday 9 December, residents and businesses in Stanford-le-Hope will benefit from being able to park for two 2-free of charge, after Thurrock Council agreed to block book 32 spaces and offer them to visitors on that basis.

Relaxed performance of Beauty and the Beast

5 December 2017
A relaxed performance of Christmas panto Beauty and the Beast, starring X Factor's Stevi Ritchie, is taking place on Monday 18 December from 6:30pm at Thameside Theatre.
Everyone is welcome, but relaxed performances are designed specifically for those who will benefit from a more relaxed theatre experience.

More to come from Thurrock Environment team

5 December 2017
Thurrock Council's Environment Portfolio Holder has provided his annual report to members, highlighting the many areas which have been delivered in the past year as well as plans for further investment and improvements.
Presenting his report to the Full Council meeting last week (Wednesday 29 November), Cllr Aaron Watkins said that 'clean it, cut it, fill it' has helped make Thurrock a place people are proud to live in.

Council commitment continues to help young people reach opportunities

4 December 2017
The development of a new scheme to improve the life skills of care leavers and vulnerable young people will be discussed at Thurrock Council's Corporate Parenting committee next week (Tuesday 6 December).
A report asks the committee to comment on a trial-run of the scheme – called 'Head Start' – and give support to the ongoing development of the programme so more opportunities can be made available.