Motorists reminded of A13 weekend closure, 4 to 7 October

3 October 2019
Drivers are reminded that a section of the A13 beneath the Orsett Cock roundabout will be closed for a number of upcoming weekends.
To enable the next phase of the A13 widening project to be completed safely, weekend-long closures of the A13 are required. This weekend’s closure takes place from 9pm on Friday 4 October until 5am, Monday 7 October.
Traffic will be diverted via the exit slip roads onto the Orsett Cock roundabout and back onto the A13 via the entry slip roads.

Nominations extended for Thurrock Education Awards

30 September 2019
Nominations for this year's Thurrock Education Awards will now be accepted until midnight on Sunday 13 October.
Extending the nomination period by a week gives parents, colleagues and young people an extra 7 days to submit their entries across our 11 award categories.
Cllr James Halden, Cabinet member for education and health, said: "We have received a fantastic response to this year's Thurrock Education Awards so far, with some of our most hardworking colleagues and teams being recognised for their passion, commitment and dedication.

Safeguarding Adults conference explores trauma and care

30 September 2019
Professionals, organisations and agencies that provide safeguarding services to Thurrock residents came together recently for the annual Thurrock Safeguarding Adult Board (TSAB) conference.
Taking place on Friday 27 September at Stifford Hall in Grays, the conference was an opportunity for partners to discuss key topics and share best safeguarding practice.
This year's event focused on trauma informed care, which is the process of understanding, recognising and supporting people with the psychological effects of traumatic experiences.

Car park operator forces council to end free parking agreement

27 September 2019
King Street car park in Stanford-le-Hope will no longer offer free parking after Thurrock Council was served with a termination notice by the car park's operator.
RCP Parking is set to introduce number plate readers, which means that the existing contract with the council to provide 2 hours free parking is no longer possible. The contract will end on Monday 30 September.
The council is reviewing all possible options to assist businesses and residents in the area.

Man sentenced for removing anti-encampment fencing

26 September 2019
Thurrock Council Leader Cllr Rob Gledhill has welcomed the tough sentence given to a man who removed a fence that the council had erected to prevent illegal encampments being set up.
The man appeared at Basildon Magistrates earlier this month where he was given a 12-month conditional discharge and forced to pay £500 in costs to the council and £105 court costs after he was caught on camera taking down the fencing in Clyde, East Tilbury.

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass

25 September 2019
Captain Flinn is set for an adventure at Thameside Theatre in late October.
Les Petits Theatre Company return to the high seas after their hugely successful shows David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon and Adventures in Wonderland.
The Magic Cutlass is the highly anticipated sequel based on the award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto.

Nominations open for this year's education awards

23 September 2019
With the September term having started again and everyone back to school, it's the perfect time to consider who you would like to nominate in this year's Thurrock Education Awards.
You can make a nomination in one of 11 award categories including:

Empty property scheme offers homes a new lease of life

23 September 2019
Owners of empty properties can benefit from up to £6,000 towards making their property habitable, thanks to an initiative from Thurrock Council.
The Empty Property offer being promoted during National Empty Homes Week 2019 enables owners of empty properties in Thurrock to apply for assistance towards major repairs such as electrical installation, windows, doors and heating to make a property liveable. This support, which is made up of a 50% grant and 50% interest free loan, is given on the condition that the property is used to house families which are currently homeless.