More money for social care, the environment and tackling anti-social behaviour

16 January 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet has recommended a modest increase in next year's council tax with the additional funding to be used to tackle anti-social behaviour, improve the borough's environment and fund social care.
The medium-term financial strategy update presented at this week's Cabinet meeting proposes for 2020/21:

Mid-year performance report shares successes of 2019

16 January 2020
Timely bin collections, an increase in the number of apprenticeships undertaken at the council and increased satisfaction with housing services were just some of the headline successes for Thurrock Council in 2019.
A mid-year performance report presented at Cabinet last night, Wednesday 15 January, showed that nearly three quarters (74%) of all key performance indicators achieved their targets at the end of September 2019.
Other indicators highlighted in the report include:

Cabinet member for environment commits to air quality improvement plans

14 January 2020
Thurrock Council's cabinet member for environment and sports and leisure, Cllr Aaron Watkins, has renewed his commitment to Thurrock's air quality agenda by announcing detailed air quality monitoring for 2020 to kick start a year of change to air quality and greener improvements.

Care at Home rated Good by Care Quality Commission

10 January 2020
Thurrock Care at Home has been rated 'Good' following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Thurrock Care at Home is Thurrock Council's in-house care service that provides personal care and support to vulnerable adults living in their own homes.  

Help shape the future of Aveley

8 January 2020
Join the Aveley design workshop to play a role in shaping how Aveley will grow and develop to best support the local community.
This will be the second of a series of interactive workshops that offers a hands on opportunity for residents to help shape where they live, learn and work. Topics will include thoughts on where community and work spaces, schools, parks, roads, play areas and homes should be placed and what they should look like.

Thurrock Council launches far reaching waste consultation

8 January 2020
Thurrock Council's Waste Management Working Group is launching a far reaching consultation on the future of waste management in the borough and they would like residents’ views to inform the borough's waste strategy for 2020 to 2030.
Thurrock Council collects nearly 900,000 bins a month containing over 4,750 tonnes of waste which is processed and disposed of. Currently residents put around 37% of that waste into their recycling bins against a national recycling target of 50%.

Gravesend to Tilbury Ferry riding the wave

6 January 2020
A record number of journeys were made on the Gravesend to Tilbury Ferry in 2019.
On the second anniversary of the contract with ferry operator Jetstream Tours, Thurrock Council and Kent County Council have revealed that 150,000 journeys a year are being made, a 40% increase since the start of the contract.
Subsidised by the 2 councils since 2001, the service is showing record levels of use thanks to a partnership with Jetstream, which has improved levels of service quality reliability and customer care.

Vote for your community stars in the Thurrock Civic Awards 2020

5 January 2020
The public vote is now open for residents to help choose the finalists in this year’s Thurrock Civic Awards.
Local residents, community groups and businesses, who were each nominated for one of the eight Civic Award categories, can now be voted for online anonymously. The public vote can be accessed until midday on Wednesday 15 January 2020, by going to the council's Civic Awards web pages.

Thurrock awarded £27,000 to crack down on rogue landlords

3 January 2020
Thurrock Council has been awarded a share of over £4million to crack down on criminal landlords and letting agents.
The £27,000 government funding will be used to develop a multi-agency approach in targeting landlords operating unregistered care homes that provide residential accommodation to young adults from outside of Thurrock.
The council will work with Essex Police and the Youth Offending Service to take enforcement action against rogue landlords and make sure other councils improve their accountability towards young adults in their care.

Loss of power at Collins House

31 December 2019
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "We have experienced a loss of power at Collins House today, Tuesday 31 December 2019. This has resulted in loss of heat, light and other emergency facilities such as the fire alarm systems. The immediate response by council officers has been to ensure suitable alternative arrangements have been made for our residents based on their needs and to speak to and reassure all their families.