Council to test preparedness for the potential impact of coronavirus

13 March 2020
Following a speech by the Leader of Thurrock Council at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 11 March, the council will be testing its preparedness for the potential impact of coronavirus COVID-19 through its business continuity plans.
On Tuesday 17 March, some council officers will be working remotely where possible to test the technical elements of the continuity plans.

A13 closure from Friday 13 March to Monday 16 March

11 March 2020
As works progress to widen the A13, drivers are reminded of a series of weekend and overnight closures needed so the next phase of the project can be completed safely.
This weekend's closure is from 9pm on Friday 13 March until 5am on Monday 16 March.
The road will be closed between the A128 junction (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 junction (Stanford-le-Hope) with a diversion via the A1013 Stanford Road.

Council wins bronze at Public Sector Transformation Awards

11 March 2020
Thurrock Council's Adult Social Care team won the bronze Community Focus award for their micro-enterprise scheme at the Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise (iESE) Public Sector Transformation Awards last week, Wednesday 4 March.
As part of their transformation programme, Adult Social Care initiated the micro-enterprise scheme with the aim of increasing the choice of support, care and health-related services for local residents.

Residents invited to hear how feedback shaped plans for homes in South Ockendon

10 March 2020
Following a number of public consultation events for housing developments in South Ockendon, Thurrock Council is now inviting residents back to see how proposals have been revised in response to their feedback.
The proposed housing developments are on the site of the former Culver Centre and Culver Field off Daiglen Drive. Residents that took part in the consultation provided clear and constructive feedback, engaging with the council to help shape initial proposals.

Joint operation targets anti-social parking in Tilbury

9 March 2020
Thurrock Council has teamed up with Essex Police to crack down on anti-social parking behaviour in Tilbury.
Operation Bargo took place on Monday 2 March in response to residents' concerns about inconsiderate parking on Lansdowne Road, Tilbury, and reports made by parents who were unable to drop-off their children at school safely. It tackled:

Council targets graffiti in Tilbury

6 March 2020
Thurrock Council has launched a targeted campaign tackling graffiti in Tilbury.
Operation Balina commenced on Tuesday 3 March initially focusing on Calcutta Road following feedback from local residents who highlighted the impact graffiti was having on the quality of life of those who live, work or travel in the area.
Within the first 36 hours of activity the team took the following action:

More students offered top choice secondary school

3 March 2020
More than 88% of pupils who are expected to begin secondary school in Thurrock this September have been offered one of their 3 top school preferences.
Results announced today (Monday 2 March) have revealed that 88.4% of students will be able to attend one of their top choices, an increase from 87.9% in 2019.
Nearly three quarters of pupils (72.1%) will be able to attend their first choice of school – up from 71.2% in 2019.

Council and litter-pick group back the Great British Spring Clean

3 March 2020
A Grays litter-pick group has teamed up with Thurrock Council to kickstart the borough's involvement in the Great British Spring Clean.
On Sunday 1 March, Grays Beachcombers volunteers held their monthly community litter-pick event to collect discarded waste, plastic bottles and aluminium drink cans on Grays Beach. Recent high tides following Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis have led higher amounts of litter than usual to wash up on the UK's shores.

Civic Awards 2020 winners announced

2 March 2020
The winners of the 2020 Thurrock Civic Awards were announced at a special ceremony on Friday 28 February, hosted by Orsett-born former Paralympic European and World Champion, Danny Crates.
Taking place at the Civic Hall, Grays, the ceremony brought together finalists from the 8 award categories to announce the winners and celebrate their time and effort put into the local community, making a positive contribution to the borough.

Tilbury unites in bid to secure up to £25million in funding

2 March 2020
A group of Tilbury businesses, leading community groups and councillors met to drive forward a bid to secure up to £25million in funding.​
The Tilbury Town Board met on Friday 28 February to develop a bid for potential multi-million-pound government funding. The board considered the fund's boundaries and drew up a list of potential projects to drive the Tilbury vision and strategy.
If successful with the bid, funding will help increase economic growth in the town centre with a focus on regeneration, improved transport, better connectivity, skills and culture.