Flag flies in Thurrock to honour our NHS

30 April 2020
A flag has been raised at Thurrock Council's Civic Offices in Grays this morning (Thursday 30 April) in support of the tireless dedication of NHS workers.
The Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Terry Piccolo, initiated the raising of the 'Thank you NHS' flag to acknowledge the commitment shown by key workers to protect and support the borough's residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Council leader warns against dumping used personal protective equipment

28 April 2020
Thurrock Council's Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, is calling on residents who use personal protective equipment (PPE) to be considerate and dispose of it safely and correctly, after gloves and face masks have been found on Thurrock's streets.
Cllr Gledhill said: "Discarded PPE in the borough is a real health hazard to Thurrock residents. PPE is not just being used to stop people catching coronavirus, but also to stop them spreading it. By littering PPE, it completely defeats the purpose for its use and there's a risk of spreading infection to local people and other frontline staff.

Mayor and Deputy Mayor to remain in post until May 2021

27 April 2020
Following the decision to delay the council's Annual General Meeting (AGM) both current Mayor, Cllr Terry Piccolo, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Sue Shinnick, will remain in their current roles until May 2021.
Normally after a year's service the mayor would leave their ceremonial role at the AGM in May, handing over the responsibility – and chains of office – to the current Deputy Mayor, who would then serve as the Mayor until the following May.
Government guidance is that all appointments usually made at the AGM should be held over until the next Annual Council in May 2021.

Joint statement on Thurrock Council Annual General Meeting

23 April 2020
This is a joint statement issued on behalf of all group leaders at Thurrock Council regarding its Annual General Meeting.
"We have agreed, in accordance with new legislation introduced by the government, that the upcoming Thurrock Council Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for 27 May will be delayed until May 2021.
"To go ahead and hold the meeting would place councillors, staff and members of the public at risk and would be completely contrary to social distancing guidance issued by the government's public health experts.

Road markings to thank the NHS

22 April 2020
A pair of special road markings to thank NHS workers for all they are doing to help and protect the people of Thurrock have been painted on the road outside Thurrock Hospital in Long Lane, Grays. Similar road markings are planned for Orsett tomorrow (Thursday 23 April).
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "We have all seen the fantastic rainbows in resident’s windows thanking the NHS for all they are doing at this time and we wanted to celebrate the extraordinary contribution being made by our NHS workers on a daily basis.

Nearly £15m of business grants distributed - don't miss out

21 April 2020
More than 1,150 local businesses have been received financial help thanks to the Thurrock Council and the hard work being done to distribute government business grants.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: "This government scheme offers businesses a vital lifeline during an extremely uncertain time. We have pulled out all the stops to make sure that we get this money to them as quickly and efficiently as possible and I am delighted to announce that we have put nearly £15million worth of government support grants to in the bank accounts off 1,126 local businesses.

Recognising volunteers in Thurrock

21 April 2020
Yesterday, Monday 20 April, Thurrock joined in the celebration of World Volunteer Recognition Day. Over 3,000 hours have been volunteered by 460 Thurrock residents to help those most in need since Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA) launched at the beginning of this month alone.

Council urges its residents to be considerate neighbours

16 April 2020
Thurrock Council is calling on residents to be aware of the noise levels in their homes and gardens as people follow government coronavirus (COVID-19) advice to stay home and protect lives.
The Environmental Protection team has received a large increase in calls from residents upset or distressed about nuisance neighbours. The top subjects of calls are:

Primary school admissions continue to see positive results

16 April 2020
Figures released today, Thursday 16 April, have revealed that a vast majority of children across Thurrock will receive their first or second primary school choice for the September 2020 academic year.
From the 2,518 applications received this year, all children will receive a school place in Thurrock, with 95% of children receiving their first or second school choice. An additional 105 children received their first school choice compared to 2019 figures.
Similarly to previous years, 98% of school places were applied for online.

Council rolls out four-weekly garden waste collections

15 April 2020
Following a 2-week suspension, Thurrock council is re-introducing regular brown bin collections.
Cllr Aaron Watkins, Cabinet member for environment said: "I am pleased to announce that we are able to introduce a limited return to garden waste collections.
"Our current resources have allowed us to bring this service back following a brief two-week suspension. We ask residents to try to minimise garden waste at this time and compact what they have to dispose of as much as possible to ensure it will fit in the bin.