Stay green in 2019

4 January 2019
Thurrock Council is urging residents to make a New Year's resolution to stay green and recycle more during the upcoming year.
Recycling doesn't have to be a chore, reducing your carbon footprint can be easily achieved by recycling everyday household items, such as tins, aluminium cans and glass bottles by putting them in your blue bin. And don’t forget about various plastics found in your home, especially the bathroom!

Thousands of illegal cigarettes taken off Thurrock streets

21 December 2018
Counterfeit and illegal cigarettes will not be tolerated in Thurrock, warns Trading Standards after officers seized their largest single haul of more than 67,000 cigarettes.
The huge confiscation of fake and non-duty paid tobacco – which equates to 3,350 packs of 20 cigarettes – was the department's biggest seizure from a shop in Thurrock to date, and was found by tobacco sniffer dogs Bruiser, a 4 year-old cocker beagle, and Mostyn, a 2 year-old cocker springer.

New Davy Down bridge is the first of its kind in Europe

19 December 2018
An innovative new bridge installed at Davy Down Riverside Park, South Ockendon on Friday is the first of its kind in Europe.
The new 16 metre long bridge was put in place across the Mardyke River on Friday. It is made of a plastic composite material, which meant that the bridge was delivered in one piece and lowered into place last Friday.
The entire operation took place in just one day, far less than the weeks it usually takes to build a new bridge. It is the first bridge made with this material to be fitted anywhere in Europe.

Thurrock Youth Cabinet host Youth Conference

18 December 2018
The fifth Thurrock Youth Conference took place on Thursday 13 December 2018, bringing together over 100 young people and secondary school students from across the borough.
Hosted by Thurrock Youth Cabinet at The Backstage Centre in Purfleet, the Youth Conference was an opportunity for Youth Cabinet members to develop skills in project management, debating and workshop planning.
Key topics during the conference covered those listed on the UK Youth Parliament 'Make Your Mark' 2018 ballot, including:

Car cruising ban extended in West Thurrock

18 December 2018
Car cruisers have been told to keep out of West Thurrock after an order that bans events from taking place on the roads of West Thurrock was extended.
A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which has successfully put a stop to nuisance car cruising events since 2015, has been extended for a further 3 years.
The order is another example of the successful partnership between Thurrock Council and Essex Police, working together to tackle all forms of anti-social behaviour.

Help young offenders make a positive change to their lives

18 December 2018
Thurrock Council's Youth Offending team are looking for volunteers to help young people at risk of reoffending.
Referral Order Panel Volunteers hold meetings with young people and their families to discuss the reasons behind their offending. The aim of these meetings is to put together a plan and arrange activities to prevent the young person from reoffending.

£1million investment to crackdown on nuisance parking

18 December 2018
Thurrock Council's Cabinet has agreed to invest £1million on a new 'Kerb It' initiative to protect grass verges in the borough and stop drivers parking inconsiderately at the roadside.
The funding was agreed at the Cabinet meeting last Wednesday (12 December) alongside the council's quarterly finance report.
The 'Kerb It' scheme will see new measures such as bollards and railings installed at locations in Aveley, South Ockendon, Stanford-le-Hope, Corringham and Tilbury to stop drivers from parking on footways, verges and grass areas.
Cabinet also agreed to spend:

Public consultation on future development of Thurrock

18 December 2018
A public consultation is asking residents how they think Thurrock should look, grow and develop.
The Local Plan Issues and Options (Stage 2) consultation will be used to get the views of residents and businesses on how land use development will take place in the borough to support the future needs of Thurrock and its residents.

Stay safe at Christmas

18 December 2018
Thurrock Community Safety Partnership has put together some top tips and hints to help residents stay safe and secure during the Christmas period.
Suggestions cover Christmas shopping, security at home and nights out to help improve personal safety and safeguard properties during the festive season.
Shoppers often forget about pickpockets targeting busy shopping areas. When purchasing presents, keep valuables safe in a bag or secure pocket, go shopping with a friend or family member and leave shopping bags out of view if travelling by car.

Extra help recycling this Christmas

17 December 2018
It'll be easy to stay green over the festive period with extra recycling bags and special small electrical waste collections points available throughout the borough.
Clear blue bags for extra recycling can be collected from Thurrock libraries and community hubs between 17 December and 4 January. Excess recycling will be taken if it is tied up in clear blue bags put out next to bins between 24 December and 12 January on scheduled collection days.