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Nearly £1.3 million fund to support struggling households

18 May 2022
Thurrock Council is continuing to help vulnerable households across the borough thanks to an additional £1.295 million government funding for the Household Support Fund.
The funding will be used to provide essential support to households most in need including £600,000 allocated to provide free school meals in the May half-term and six-week school summer holiday and £427,346 allocated to help low-income pensioners. On top of that additional help will be provided for care leavers.

Providers fail to come forward to secure the future for two Tilbury nurseries

18 May 2022
Despite its best efforts in searching for an alternative provider, Thurrock Council has today had to regretfully announce the upcoming closure of two of its nurseries, Little Pirates and Neptunes, both based in Tilbury.
The council opened a procurement process in January, in hope of attracting an existing nursery provider keen to offer continuity of service and peace of mind for local parents. However, despite a long search and a fair open market process, no provider was found to take on the contracts from September this year.

Magistrates’ appearance leads to ‘hefty fine’ for littering

17 May 2022
A man who refused to pay an on-the-spot littering fine after Thurrock Council Environmental Enforcement Officers saw him dropping a cigarette end in Grays will now have to pay out £741 in fines and costs after being found guilty at Basildon Magistrates Court.
Thomas Fedotovas, of Araglen Avenue, South Ockendon, appeared before magistrates on Friday 13 May where he was ordered to pay a £207 fine, £500 costs and a victim surcharge of £34 for littering.

Fly-tipper forced to pay more than £1,200

12 May 2022
A fly-tipper had their vehicle seized and had to pay out £1,260 in fines and costs after council Environmental Enforcement Officers tracked them down using CCTV evidence.
Officers seized the vehicle from outside a home in Blackshots yesterday (Wednesday 11 May). It has been returned to the owner after they admitted fly-tipping in West Tilbury in February 2022 and paid £1,000 in fines, plus £260 in costs.

Residents urged to have their say on proposals to take 'almost 11% of local green belt land'

12 May 2022
Thurrock Council is encouraging residents across the borough to share their views on controversial plans to build new roads and a further tunnel under the Thames, linking Thurrock to Kent.
The National Highways-led Lower Thames Crossing programme is set to be one of the largest transport infrastructure projects ever seen in the UK.
Under the current proposals, the crossing will incorporate two new 4km long tunnels running under the Thames, as part of 23km of new road infrastructure connecting the M25 to the A13 in Thurrock, through to the A2 in Kent.

Make a difference during Foster Care Fortnight

11 May 2022
Foster Care Fortnight – from Monday 9 May to Sunday 22 May this year – is the UK's biggest foster care awareness-raising campaign.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "Thurrock Fostering is looking for new or experienced Foster Carers to provide short, medium or long term care. You do not have to live in Thurrock to be a Foster Carer with us.

Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay to visit Thurrock

11 May 2022
The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Thurrock during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed.
Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen's Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In England, the Queen's Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.

Last chance to nominate in this year's Education Awards

11 May 2022
Parents, colleagues and young people have through to this weekend to make a nomination for the 2022 Thurrock Education Awards.
The awards are an opportunity to recognise excellence in the borough's early years, school and post-16 education, including teachers, support staff, teams, head teachers, governors and trusts that have gone the extra mile.

Fly-tipper's vehicle seized

6 May 2022
Thurrock Council Environmental Enforcement teams have seized a pick-up truck belonging to a known fly-tipper.
The vehicle was twice spotted in March using Hobart Road in Tilbury to dump waste illegally. The owner now must provide registration and insurance details, and proof of ownership, to learn whether they can reclaim the vehicle or if it will stay in storage – at their cost – while investigations take place to bring a prosecution against them.

Thurrock 2022 local election results announced

6 May 2022
The results of Thurrock Council’s elections have been announced.
Elections took place in 16 of the borough's 20 wards yesterday (Thursday 5 May).
Following the count these are the results:
30 Conservative – held 7, gained 2, lost 2
14 Labour – held 4, gained 2, lost 3
2 Independent – gained 1
3 Thurrock Independents – no change
The full list of results is available at thurrock.gov.uk/vote2022