Air Quality scrutiny

17 October 2017
Air quality was top of the agenda at the recent Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting (Thursday 12 October).
Councillors discussed an update on the Air Quality and Health Strategy, which was agreed in December 2016.

Nominate your community stars

16 October 2017
The 13th Thurrock Civic Awards were launched last week at the council’s Cabinet meeting (11 October). The awards are a way of saying thank you to our local people and organisations who go above and beyond to make a positive difference to the borough.
The awards ceremony – which is sponsored by local organisations and businesses – will be a black-tie event hosted by Orsett-born former Paralympic European and World Champion, Danny Crates at The Civic Hall in February 2018.

Give a Gift is back!

16 October 2017
Give a Gift is returning for the second year this Christmas to help give presents to children in need in Thurrock.
intu Lakeside is once again kindly hosting the tree, and this time have generously donated a whole empty retail shop for us to use – and there are many ways you can get involved.
The new area, on the second floor next to McDonald's at the House of Fraser end, will be open from Tuesday 21 November.
HW Wilson, a local building company, have agreed to get the area in tip-top shape for opening day.

Fun Palace at Thameside success

16 October 2017
On Saturday 7 October, Grays library transformed into a 'Fun Palace' to celebrate national Fun Palace weekend.
Members of the local community took over Grays library to share their skills and passion for their hobbies and businesses. Visitors took part in playing chess and Space Battleships, as well as knitting, cross-stitching, turning newspapers into baskets, and even trying their forest skills in an outdoor Yurt on Orsett Road.

Statement - Fire at Lionel Oxley House

13 October 2017
Fire crews attended a domestic fire contained within a single room of a property at Lionel Oxley House, Grays, on Friday 13 October.
The council is providing all available assistance to the tenant and is assessing the damage to the property and required repairs. The tenant is back in the property.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “Any fire in a tower block is cause for concern - I am happy to say the damage caused by the fire was minimal.

Thousands of students visit Opportunity Thurrock expo

12 October 2017
Around 3,000 students from across Thurrock and Brentwood arrived at London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury on Wednesday 4 October 2017 for Thurrock Council's sixth annual Opportunity Thurrock – the region’s largest careers and further education expo.
Young people from every school, academy and college in Thurrock were in attendance to get insight and advice from over 120 exhibitors, including local employers from the private and public sectors, colleges and universities.

Council crackdown on untaxed cars

12 October 2017
Thurrock Council has removed 38 untaxed cars from the borough's roads in the first two weeks of a new crackdown.
As part of the council’s increase in enforcement action through the 'clean it, cut it, fill it' initiative, Cabinet agreed in June 2017 to give officers authority to remove untaxed vehicles from the public highway.
Officers attended a training course in September and were granted delegated authority by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). These new powers came into force on 14 September and robust action has begun.

Council performance improving

12 October 2017
At this week's Cabinet meeting (Wednesday 11 October), Portfolio Holder for Performance and Central Services, Cllr Deb Huelin, presented the performance report for the first 3 months of the year.
Thurrock Council measures and reports on 39 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in order to track the performance of services and 64.1% were achieved between April and June.
Areas on which the report focused include street cleanliness, primary schools judged ‘good’ or better and the KPIs in Adults Social Care and Health – all of which were achieved.

War and Revolution exhibition at Thameside

11 October 2017
Thurrock Museum’s volunteers are once again staging a free exhibition at the Thameside Complex in Grays – this time, focusing on Thurrock's involvement in World War 1, with a look at what was happening worldwide in October 1917.
Come and read all about it, take in the photos and displays carefully curated by the local volunteer group and immerse yourself in the world as it was a century ago.

Fly-tippers in Thurrock fined

10 October 2017
Four fly-tipping cases in Grays and Tilbury have resulted in Thurrock Council issuing Fixed Penalty Notices worth £1,600.
As part of the council's clean it, cut it, fill it initiative, council enforcement officers are taking a tougher approach
A private alleyway behind Oak Road, Grays was subjected to the dumping of building waste which, over time, was transferred to Grove Road. Letters found by officers allowed them to identify the perpetrators and issue a fine.