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Thurrock commemorates Srebrenica Memorial Week

9 July 2021
Thurrock hosted a special event on Friday 9 July and raised the Remembering Srebrenica flag at the Civic Offices to observe Srebrenica Memorial Week.
Cllr James Halden, Deputy Mayor of Thurrock, and Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for adults and communities, joined Bosnian residents, representatives of local Muslim faith groups and South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC) to commemorate the week.

Head Start Housing project in the running for top award

8 July 2021
A meaningful initiative providing safe accommodation to care leavers and other vulnerable young people in Thurrock has been shortlisted as a finalist for Best Social Housing Initiative in The Municipal Journal (MJ) Local Government Achievement Awards 2021.

Thurrock Council-backed Thames Freeport making progress

8 July 2021
Work continues to progress on the innovative Thames Freeport after Thurrock Council's Cabinet once again backed the initiative and progress being made that will see transformational change.
At its meeting on Wednesday 7 July, Cabinet supported the progression of an outline business case (OBC) and full business case (FBC) as required by the government. Approval of the OBC, which will be submitted by the end of this month, and the FBC, to be presented in autumn, is a critical step towards the government officially awarding Freeport status.

Balanced budget delivered in one of the toughest years a council can face

8 July 2021
Thurrock Council was able to deliver a balanced budget and maintain its financial reserves in 2020/21, despite the financial strains placed on all local authorities over the past year.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance, said: "A once-in-a-century, adult-centric health crisis changed everything at the turn of a switch, with public bodies having to try and provide the same services as ever, yet react and respond to rapidly emerging need and guidance.

Thurrock's investment scheme powering a green future

8 July 2021
Thurrock Council's investment in solar energy generates produces enough renewable energy to power 178,000 homes and prevent the release of 222,000 tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere every year.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance, said: "The investment strategy has been as success on all fronts.

Clear focus on resident needs in council reforms

8 July 2021
Thurrock Council will ensure it delivers on residents' key needs as it becomes a smaller and leaner council in light of the need to reform after COVID-19.
Cllr Shane Hebb presented the Council's financial statement and strategy to Cabinet this evening (Wednesday 7 July). The strategy proposes savings to help the council close its £34.3million budget gap while ensuring that impacts on residents are carefully managed.

Smart street lighting system could see big savings and carbon reductions

7 July 2021
A report presented to Cabinet yesterday (Wednesday 7 July) unveiled the proposed implementation of Highways Street Lighting Central Management System (CMS), which is set to save the council an estimated £125,000 every year.
Cllr Ben Maney, Cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: "I would like to reassure residents that we are keeping the street lights on, not turning them off as other councils have.
"The installation of the Central Management System will allow us to dynamically control approximately 21,000 street lights from one web-based system.

Thurrock celebrates the NHS 73rd birthday and frontline workers across the country

5 July 2021
Thurrock Council proudly raised the NHS flag at the Civic Offices today, Monday 5 July, to celebrate and commemorate frontline services.
Cllr James Halden, Deputy Mayor, delivered an inspiring speech about the critical role the NHS and frontline services have played during the COVID-19 pandemic as the NHS celebrates its 73rd birthday.
The Deputy Mayor said: "The NHS has played an incredibly crucial role in supporting each of us and our entire community throughout the pandemic. Their resilience, determination and strength has been an inspiration to us all.

Discover a range of exciting apprenticeship opportunities

1 July 2021
Applications are now open for a number of apprenticeship opportunities at Thurrock Council.
Apprenticeships offer a combination of on-the-job-training, studying for a nationally-recognised qualification and the ability to 'earn while you learn', whilst being part of a professional working environment.
Cllr Jack Duffin, Cabinet Member for Central Services, said: "We are always looking for new talent to join our services, and apprenticeships are a brilliant opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to consider joining the council.

Delivering housing for Thurrock

30 June 2021
Thurrock Council's Cabinet will hear plans to adopt a mixed approach to housing development delivery, ensuring much-needed new infrastructure and homes are built for the borough's residents.