Grays Town Board meet to progress plans to secure up to £25million

2 March 2020
​Work is progressing through a newly-formed board that will play a key role in securing up to £25million in funding for Grays town centre.
The Grays Town Board met last week (Thursday 27 February) to develop a bid for potential multi-million-pound government funding, reviewed the fund’s boundary and prioritised a potential projects list to help define the vision and strategy for Grays.

Bus pass renewals

2 March 2020
This March marks the 12th anniversary of Thurrock Council issuing concessionary bus passes to older residents.
The passes allow free travel on buses throughout the borough and beyond, during peak times for all residents of pensionable age.
Passes need to be renewed every 5 years but the new process couldn’t be simpler for residents. New passes will arrive seven days before the old pass expires with no need for anyone to contact the council unless they have changed address in the last 5 years.

Report identifies potential economic harm of Lower Thames Crossing proposals

28 February 2020
A report commissioned by Thurrock Council highlights the possible economic and social harm that could be done to Thurrock if Highways England goes ahead with its current proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing route.
The report, which was published today (Friday 28 February), finds that possible harm caused by the current proposals includes:

Calling all residents who live, visit, work and learn in Grays

27 February 2020
Thurrock Council wants to hear from residents that live, visit, work and learn in Grays to help inform and shape the town’s regeneration ambitions building on previous consultations.
The Transforming Grays consultation invites residents, as well as local businesses and community groups, to share their views on potential projects. These include the initial design concepts for Grays underpass, which has received £11million funding from the government's Local Growth Fund, to help identify a preferred option to take forward to the design stage.

Increased funding for social care, the environment and to tackle anti-social behaviour

27 February 2020
Thurrock Council has agreed a modest increase in council tax with all additional funding being used to tackle anti-social behaviour and fund further improvements in social care and the environment.
On Wednesday 26 February, Council has voted to increase general council tax by 1.49%, with a 2% increase on the social care precept. This follows a general council tax freeze last year.

New Corporate Director of Children’s Services appointed

27 February 2020
Thurrock Council has appointed Sheila Murphy as the new Corporate Director of Children's Services following an intensive recruitment process.
Sheila is currently Assistant Director of Children's Services. She has worked at Thurrock Council for almost three years and started her career in children's social care as a qualified social worker at the London Borough of Lewisham in 1988.

A13 closure from Friday 28 February to Monday 2 March

25 February 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 28 February until 5am on Monday 2 March. The road will be closed beneath the A128 junction (Orsett Cock Roundabout) with diversions via the exit slip road, roundabout and entry slip road.
Delays are expected and all non-local traffic is urged to avoid the A13 and use alternative routes such as the A130, A127 and M25.
Planned closures are:

Thurrock celebrates LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week

24 February 2020
Thurrock Council is once again celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT+) Fostering and Adoption week – between Monday 2 March and Sunday 8 March – raising awareness that sexuality is not a barrier to fostering or adoption.
Everyone is welcome to contact Thurrock Fostering or Adoption to find out more, whether they are in a relationship, already have children, are single and whatever their sexuality.

Free Private Fostering workshop

21 February 2020
A free workshop will take place on Friday 6 March 2020 advising professionals, volunteers and members of the public on private fostering.
Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16, or 18 if disabled, is being cared away from their home by someone who is not a parent or close relative for 28 days or more.
The free session is taking place in Committee Room 2, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL from 10am to midday on Friday 6 March.

Thurrock to celebrate #EachForEqual for International Women's Day

20 February 2020
Thurrock Council is once again celebrating International Women’s Day with a series of events at the Civic Offices in Grays on Monday 9 March 2020.
This year’s theme of #EachForEqual will see a number of local providers come together to promote their services and the positive action for change that women can take. Taking place from 1pm to 4pm in Committee Rooms 2 and 3 at the Civic Offices, partners due to attend include Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Solutions, South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC), Changing Pathways and Essex Police amongst others.