Unauthorised encampment moved on from South Ockendon in just hours

27 May 2020
Thurrock Council, working with Essex Police, took swift action to move on an authorised encampment which was setting up in South Ockendon yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 26 May.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "Once again our officers have acted quickly and decisively following reports that an unauthorised encampment was being set up.
"This is another example of how the council's robust approach to dealing with unauthorised encampments is benefiting residents by dealing with them immediately before they become a major issue for neighbours.

Works resume on award-winning council scheme in Grays

27 May 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Barry Johnson, is pleased to confirm that work has resumed on the award winning Tops Club development in Grays as the project nears completion.
Cllr Johnson said: "The Tops Club development will provide 29 much-needed high quality council homes for Thurrock residents with plans to hand over the keys to tenants later this summer. Everyone should have a good quality home and Thurrock Council will continue to invest in new council homes for our residents.

Thurrock to receive payment from 'Reopening High Streets Safely Fund'

26 May 2020
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has welcomed news that the council will receive over £155,000 from the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, to help kick-start the high street back in to business as the pandemic lockdown eases.
Cllr Gledhill said: "The government has done everything possible to keep residents safe and support business through this terrible pandemic. So far Thurrock businesses have benefited from nearly £60m of business rates relief, and Government has allocated over £23m in grants to help small businesses and those in the entertainment industry.

Freedom of the Borough honour conferred on three Thurrock clergymen

22 May 2020
The Freedom of the Borough honour has been conferred on three Thurrock clergymen. Reverend John Guest, Canon Brian O'Shea and Father Paul Dynan have been awarded the prestigious Freedom of the Borough – a rare honour that has been presented only 5 times in nearly 40 years.
Reverend Guest and Canon O’Shea are bestowed this tribute as they retire from their roles. Sadly Father Dynan passed away very recently but was made aware of the honour by Councillor Martin Kerin shortly before he died.
All three men served communities across Thurrock including:

Unauthorised encampment quickly moved on from Grays Beach car park

22 May 2020
Thurrock Council have once again taken swift action against an unauthorised encampment at Grays Beach car park, Thames Road, which was vacated in just a few hours yesterday afternoon, Thursday 21 May.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "We take a robust approach to dealing with unauthorised incursions using all possible means to either prevent them being set up or moving them on as quickly as the law allows.

Special ceremony blesses burial site ahead of Ramadan ending this month

22 May 2020
A private blessing of a Muslim burial site in West Thurrock took place earlier today (Friday 22 May) as Thurrock Council prepares for Muslim burials to commence in the borough for the first time in the coming weeks.
Cllr Qaisar Abbas joined Cllr Terry Piccolo, The Mayor of Thurrock, and 5 faith leaders in blessing the land, with all attendees adhering to social distancing in line with government advice.

Virtual sessions launched to support young people

22 May 2020
A range of free virtual sessions are now available for young people in Thurrock aged 11 to 17. Inspire Youth Hub in Grays is running various activities, quizzes and games, timetabled throughout the week, that focus on educating and entertaining in equal measure and can be enjoyed from the safety of your own home.
As well as this, careers advice continues to be provided over the phone for young people in years 11 and 13 to support next steps in education, employment or training as well as supporting with individual careers interviews.

Marking Mental Health Awareness Week with free support

18 May 2020
Thurrock residents are being reminded of the ways they can access free advice and guidance as part of Mental Health Awareness Week this May.
Taking place from Monday 18 May to Friday 22 May, the national week aims to raise the profile of looking after our mental health which couldn't be more important at this time.

Revised traffic plan for Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre

15 May 2020
Planned closures of Buckingham Hill Road, Linford, have been updated in favour of a temporary one way system which will allow traffic to be safely managed at the Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) and ensure local traffic can flow more freely in the area.