Watkins - no let-up against litter louts

6 October 2017
Litter louts who spoil the borough and don't pay their fine will still face a criminal record, Thurrock's Portfolio Holder for Environment has warned.
Speaking after 25 more people were prosecuted for not paying their Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) – totalling £15,154 – on Monday 21 August and Monday 18 September at Basildon Magistrates Court, Cllr Aaron Watkins said there are more to come in order to tackle the blight of an untidy borough.

Fun Palace in Grays

4 October 2017
Grays library is hosting its first Fun Palace on Saturday 7 October, from 11am to 3pm, and will join with more than 300 Fun Palaces across the UK and worldwide, set to erupt with free fun activities that celebrate culture in our community – and you’re invited!
You can get involved by having a go at:

Review of Thurrock's bins

2 October 2017
Thurrock Council's environment portfolio holder has announced a review of bins in the borough.
Cllr Aaron Watkins has asked for the review, focusing on the locality of current bins, the process for installing new bins and combining those for litter and dog fouling.
The report will be considered at the next meeting of the Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and also covers the introduction of 10 solar-powered Big Belly Bins – bins with a built-in compaction system that automatically send an email alert when they need to be emptied.

Plans for a financially self-sufficient and resilient Thurrock laid out

29 September 2017
At this week's meeting of Full Council (Wednesday 27 September), Cllr Shane Hebb presented his annual report as Cabinet Member for Finance and Legal, where he outlined the forward plan to achieve financial self-sufficiency from most government grant contributions by 2020 – the '£20m by 2020' plan.
Cllr Hebb said: "In our first year as an administration, this council has met the test:

Residents warned beware of insulation providers

29 September 2017
Thurrock Council's Trading Standards are warning residents about a door-to-door marketing of insulation services to private householders in the Chafford Hundred area.
The team has received reports of companies carrying out marketing and installation and not providing clear details of the parties involved.
There have also been false claims that the scheme being carried out in conjunction with or with the approval of Thurrock Council.

Spooky Stories comes to Thurrock Libraries

29 September 2017
Popular professional storyteller John Kirk will be back in Thurrock libraries again during October half term with some spine-tingling spooky stories.
In the summer of 2016, John recreated Roald Dahl's 'The Twits' in a fun interactive show in local libraries.
The opportunity to see him again is here with 'Spooky Stories' on Wednesday 25 October at either:

LTC Task Force underway

29 September 2017
The first meeting of the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force was held this week (Monday 25 September) and featured a presentation from Highways England.
The task force was established following the last Full Council meeting in July and agreement from the General Services Committee in August.
As well as the nine councillors representing the three political parties, there are also three co-opted members who sit on the task force.
Cllr Peter Smith was elected as Chair of the task force and Cllr Barbara Rice was voted as Vice-chair.

Council transforming the way it works

28 September 2017
At this week's meeting of Full Council (Wednesday 27 September), Cllr Deb Huelin presented her annual report as Cabinet Member for Performance and Central Services.
Cllr Huelin outlined to members how three new strategies will transform the way the council works.
The customer services, digital and people strategies support every single service within the council ensuring council officers have the right skills, abilities and technology to provide Thurrock residents and businesses with a professional and effective customer experience.

Major clean-up of A13 complete

28 September 2017
Thurrock Council's street cleansing and grounds maintenance teams have been working nights to tidy up Thurrock's section of the A13.
Between 4 September and 13 September, council staff worked their way up and down the A13, picking litter and clearing tipped rubbish.
Through the council's "clean it, cut it, fill it" initiative, major cleaning of the A13 has been increased from three times each year to four.

UN day of Older Persons at Collins House

27 September 2017
Residents and staff at Collins House Care Home, Corringham have organised a community celebration to mark the UN International Day of Older Persons.
The theme for 2017 is 'Stepping into the Future: tapping the talents, contributions and participation of older persons in society'.
The event on Sunday 1 October is to show how older people living within a care home can, and do, make a meaningful contribution to civic life.
People of all ages from Thurrock's community are invited to come and join in an afternoon of fun, entertainment and chat.