Travellers moved on from Blackshots, Grays

10 July 2019
Essex Police and Thurrock Council have once again taken swift action against illegal incursions in the borough with a large encampment at Blackshots, Grays being evicted within 24 hours.
An incursion of 16 vehicles was reported to the council at approximately 9pm on Monday 8 July when they set up an unauthorised encampment on King George V memorial play field by Blackshots Leisure Centre.

Residents' views sought in polling station review

9 July 2019
Residents are invited to have their say in a public consultation reviewing what voting facilities are like in Thurrock.
The consultation, which runs until Sunday 18 August, offers everyone in the parliamentary constituencies of Thurrock or South Basildon and East Thurrock an opportunity to give their views on the polling districts, places and stations currently used in Thurrock's 20 electoral wards. Local political parties, MPs and councillors can also have their say on factors including location and accessibility, and provide suggestions for improvement.

Join the Space Chase this summer!

9 July 2019
Children of all ages can take part in an out-of-this-world adventure as the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge returns to Thurrock this month.
From Saturday 13 July to Saturday 14 September, pre-schoolers, children and young adults can join in this year's challenge, Space Chase, at libraries in Aveley, Belhus, Blackshots, Chadwell, Corringham, East Tilbury, Grays, Stanford-le-Hope and Tilbury.

World War One memorial artwork goes on show in Grays

8 July 2019
Community-inspired artwork marking 100 years since the end of the First World War will be on display in Grays next week.
From Tuesday 9 July to Thursday 18 July, local residents and visitors can study a collection of arts, crafts, poetry and homemade poppies on the first floor gallery space of the Thameside Complex in Orsett Road, Grays during normal opening hours.

Leaseholders hear exciting plans for Grays Town Centre

5 July 2019
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has met with leaseholders operating businesses near the Civic Offices to talk to them about exciting plans for Grays Town Centre and the opportunities it will create for them.

Work on Grays' 2-way system to begin by autumn

5 July 2019
Works to create a new 2-way system in Grays town centre are expected to get underway by the autumn.
Thurrock Council's plans involve significant changes to Orsett Road to allow 2-way traffic between Derby Road and Stanley Road, as well as the upgrading and installation of pedestrian crossings, resurfacing work and various other highways improvements.
Temporary traffic lights will be in use during the works and some weekend road closures will be required, with diversions in place.

Households encouraged to complete electoral registration forms

5 July 2019
Residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote as Thurrock Council’s annual electoral canvass begins today (5 July).
Over the next 2 weeks, households in the borough will receive a form asking those living at the address to check the information that appears on the electoral register is correct. Residents must respond, even if the information is correct, and can confirm 'no changes' online, by text, or phone. Amendments can be made online or by returning the form to the council.

Backstage stars take a bow

5 July 2019
A group of talented young people who work hard behind the scenes took centre stage at a special show after receiving a letter from Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber congratulating them on their achievements.
Thameside Young Producers was formed in 2013 by Franki McEwen and is based at Thameside Theatre in Grays. It gives young people aged 14 to 19 years-old an opportunity to learn the skills they need to work backstage in a theatre, including lighting design, sound and stage management, as well as event management and front of house operations.

Van seized as zero tolerance of fly-tipping continues

2 July 2019
A man who dumped garden waste at the roadside has been fined £400 and become the first person in Thurrock to have their vehicle seized for fly-tipping.
The waste was discarded in Parkers Farm Road in Bulphan last month and was reported to Thurrock Council by a resident who provided evidence of the offence.

Friendship Choir launches

1 July 2019
A 12-week Friendship Choir pilot recently launched at Cromwell Road Adult Day Care Centre. Run by Creative Blast, the sessions begin with fun vocal warm ups and a wide variety of familiar songs chosen by attendees.
The first 2 weeks of the pilot were exclusively for members of Cromwell Road Adult Day Care Centre but it has since opened up to other adult services users who are known to the council.