Ceremony blesses cemetery section for Nepalese Gurkha community

22 July 2022
Representatives of different faiths have taken part in a private blessing as Thurrock Council takes steps to provide a dedicated section within West Thurrock Cemetery for the Nepalese Gurkha community.
On Friday 22 July, Cllr James Halden, Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Qaisar Abbas, Cabinet Member for Communities and Equalities, and Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet Member for Environment, were joined by Man Bahadur Rai, president of the Thurrock Nepalese (Gurkha) (TNG) Community, and 40 of the TNG Community, including executive members and Gurkha veterans.

Consultation launch for Broxburn Drive development plans

20 July 2022
Proposals to build new affordable council homes with wider landscaping improvements and natural play running through and around the existing environment in South Ockendon are being explored in a consultation launched today (Wednesday 20 July).
Thurrock Council is seeking your views on proposals for Broxburn Drive as it continues to help meet the affordable housing needs of people in the borough. The new proposals include building 33 new apartments ranging from 1-bedroom to 2-bedroom properties within 6 new buildings.

Strategy recognises vital link between housing and health

20 July 2022
Thurrock Council has adopted a new housing strategy that recognises that a safe and secure home is a vital bedrock to good health and well-being.
Cllr Spillman, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "This innovative strategy focuses on making sure that our residents have access to safe, secure, stable, warm, and affordable homes and recognises that as a solid foundation from which they can protect their health and well-being.

Leader praises police in tracking down car cruiser ringleader

15 July 2022
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has hailed as a huge success the work carried out by Essex Police, Thurrock Community Policing Team, in tracking down one of the organisers behind car cruiser meets in Thurrock.
Officers were able to identify one of the owners of one of the larger car cruising Facebook pages. They then visited him and served him with a Community Protection Warning, which prevents him from:

Charges considered for abandoned shopping trolleys

14 July 2022
Thurrock Council is set to initiate a process for formally adopting powers to charge owners of abandoned shopping trollies for their collection from public land.
If the scheme goes forward following a consultation with shops and other stakeholders, it will mean the council can start charging owners for the cost of collecting, storing and returning or disposing of trollies that have been dumped in roads, parks or on other public land in the borough.

Unhygienic butcher forced to pay out over £15,000

13 July 2022
A butcher who was found keeping meat in unsafe and unsanitary conditions has been forced to pay out over £15,000 in fines and costs after appearing at Basildon Magistrates Court on Tuesday 12 July.
During a visit to Jones Meat Market, Derwent Parade, South Ockendon in July 2021, Thurrock Council Environmental Health Officers forced the owner to surrender food to protect public health after they found a number of serious food hygiene breaches. These included:

Works to cut bills and boost energy efficiency of tower blocks

13 July 2022
Spades have hit the ground to kickstart an innovative project to upgrade the heating systems, make homes warmer and cut fuel bills in 3 council-owned tower blocks in Chadwell St Mary.
Old storage heaters and hot water systems will be replaced in each flat with ground source heat pumps. The project will dramatically enhance the blocks' energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and will help combat mould.

Community Environmental Development Fund to bring ideas to life

12 July 2022
Residents and community organisations are once more invited to apply for the Thurrock Council's Community Environmental Development Fund (CEDF) to see their innovative ideas for the community come to life, as applications open this week.
Individuals and groups have until Sunday 18 September 2022 to apply for between £5,000 and £75,000 of CEDF grant funding towards community-led projects that are focused on delivering long-term benefits to residents and are accessible to all.

Education Awards 2022 winners announced

11 July 2022
The winners of the Thurrock Education Awards 2022 were announced at a special ceremony on Friday 8 July.
Taking place at the Civic Hall, Grays, the amazing talents of colleagues across early years settings, schools and colleges in Thurrock were celebrated. The ceremony brought together finalists from across 11 award categories, as well as a special Director’s award.
The announcement of the winners are as follows: