Enforcement action sees fly-tip cleared

31 August 2018
Action taken by Thurrock Council Environmental Enforcement Officers, working with a private land owner, has seen a pile of fly-tipped waste cleared from an alleyway in less than 2 days.
After officers found the waste, which had been dumped on private land at the rear of Southland Terrace in London Road, Purfleet, they issued a Community Protection Notice (CPN) to the landowner in Jersey who acted immediately to clear the waste.

Help to get your business idea off the ground

30 August 2018
Aspiring entrepreneurs in Thurrock are being encouraged to apply for a free programme which could help them bring their ideas for tackling social or environmental issues to life.
Thurrock Social Entrepreneurship Programme, which is run by School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with Thurrock Council, will give Thurrock residents a chance to access the guidance and support needed to start a business idea that benefits the borough.

Proposals for Integrated Medical Centre in Tilbury set to progress

29 August 2018
Plans to build an Integrated Medical Centre (IMC) that will bring health and care services to the heart of Tilbury are set to take a significant step forward with Thurrock Council expected to give the green light to provide up to £20million of funding.
The Tilbury IMC is one of 4 planned across the borough, along with others in Purfleet, Corringham, and Grays.
The council and its NHS partners are investing in health and care services to make them more accessible, closer to home and ensure they are provided in modern, purpose-built facilities.

Lodge Lane parking regulations

29 August 2018
Lodge Lane has a Traffic Regulation Order in place, predating decriminalisation in 2005, which prohibits parking at any time on the highway from garden to garden – this includes crossovers, verges and footways. The council wrote to residents without reference to a letter dated 8 July 2005, as due to retention policies the letter is not held on file.

£1,000 of rent recovered from landlord in milestone case

29 August 2018
More than £1,000 of rent paid to a rogue landlord who forced a tenant to live in appalling conditions has been successfully recovered in a landmark case for Thurrock Council.
Landlord Tobe Ayandare was originally fined for failing to comply with an improvement notice under the Housing Act 2004 back in March, and now he has also been forced to repay rent that had been paid to him.
The case followed a complaint by the occupier about the condition of a home in South Ockendon and officers finding 10 different health and safety hazards, including:

Exhibition looks back at WW1 school days

28 August 2018
A special exhibition opening at Thurrock Museum next week will take a look back at how life was for the children who attended school during the First World War (WW1).
'Lessons During War' tells the story of schools and the different forms of education during the Great War, and includes pictures of Thurrock schools from the time.
It shows how children helped the war effort and gives an insight into their views on the war.

Thurrock Council takes action to tackle breach of planning control

26 August 2018
Following reports of a breach of a Temporary Stop Notice (TSN) on land to the rear to Malvern Road, Grays, Thurrock Council is to begin legal proceedings against the landowner.
A TSN was served on the site to cease unauthorised activity on the land. Using a TSN process means it is not necessary to wait for an enforcement notice to be issued, the effect of the temporary stop notice is immediate and a person guilty of an offence is liable on conviction to an unlimited fine.

Rise in Thurrock students gaining GCSE results for English and Maths

24 August 2018
Students from schools across Thurrock were celebrating after receiving their GCSE results on Thursday 23 August.
The provisional results show 62% of Thurrock students have gained a pass grade of 4 and above in English and Maths combined – the equivalent to a C or higher in the old grading system.
The percentage of students in Thurrock achieving this provisional benchmark has increased on last year's result, which saw 61% of GCSE students in the borough gaining a pass grade of 4 or above in English and Maths combined.

Thurrock celebrates Merchant Navy Day

23 August 2018
Thurrock Council will once again be recognising the contribution of the Merchant Navy with a special event this September.
Merchant Navy Day, marked on 3 September each year, recognises and celebrates the men and women who have served and lost their lives throughout the First and Second World Wars.
The occasion focuses on raising money for Seafarers UK, a charity helping people in the maritime community by providing vital funding and support to seafarers in need and their families.

Statement in response to media coverage regarding the Thurrock Independent

22 August 2018
Thurrock Council would like to clarify the position with regards to its communication with the Thurrock Independent due to the recent media coverage and social media discussion on this issue. The council continues to engage with the Thurrock Independent and this position has not changed.