#GiveAGift is a wrap - thank you, Thurrock!

23 December 2019
Thurrock Council's award winning Give a Gift has come to a close last week having received, wrapped and delivered presents to more than 2,200 Thurrock children in need this Christmas.
The Give A Gift store where donations were made was open at intu Lakeside for just 2 weeks from Monday 25 November through to Sunday 8 December 2019. Volunteers saw hundreds of visitors choose a star from the Christmas tree, each representing a child in need in Thurrock, before shopping for an age appropriate present to donate.

Celebration as Children's Services rated Good by Ofsted

20 December 2019
Thurrock Council has received very positive feedback on its Children's Services which have been rated 'Good' following a recent full inspection by Ofsted.
A team from Ofsted carried out a detailed and thorough inspection of all aspects of Children's Services between Monday 4 November and Friday 22 November 2019. The inspection, under the Inspection of Local Authorities Children's Services (ILACS) framework, involved:

Clean and green services record high score in national survey

18 December 2019
Thurrock Council's investment into 'Clean It, Cut It', continues to make strides, with improvements made in more than half of its green and clean service areas in the past year, according to a recent inspection by Keep Britain Tidy.
Figures recorded in this year's Keep Britain Tidy Local Environmental Quality Survey of England (LEQSE) reveal that the council has made clear improvements in its clean and green services with seven out of 10 areas, including public footpaths and rural roads, demonstrating vast improvements and being well within target.

Arts and culture fund open for expressions of interest

18 December 2019
A new £25,000 grant programme, aimed at supporting projects that use arts and culture to help build strong and well-connected communities, has opened for expressions of interest.
Funded by Thurrock Council, the Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) will enable local artists and arts organisations to bid for up to £4,000 to support arts and cultural projects in Thurrock.

Days of action tackle rogue landlords in Corringham and Purfleet

17 December 2019
Thurrock Council is warning private landlords renting shared houses or flats in the borough to ensure their properties are licensed correctly.
The council’s Private Housing team held a day of action on Wednesday 20 November in Corringham, and another a week later on Tuesday 3 December in Purfleet, to crack down on private landlords renting unlicensed shared houses or flats to three or four unrelated people – known as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Council named as finalist in prestigious awards

17 December 2019
Thurrock Council has been recognised for its positive work in the fight against environmental crime by being shortlisted for a national award.
The council's environmental enforcement team was recently announced as a finalist for Environmental Team of the Year in the prestigious Keep Britain Tidy Awards 2020. Nominations in this category champion a team that:

Keeping Thurrock clean and green over Christmas

17 December 2019
Join the many other Thurrock residents who are doing their bit to stay green and recycle this Christmas.
Special small electrical recycling drop-off points will be made available throughout the borough to safely and responsibly dispose of items such as kettles, toasters and hairdryers over the festive period. Each collection point will be set up for one day only and will visit Grays, Tilbury, Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Orsett, South Ockendon and Aveley between Monday 6 January and Monday 14 January 2020.

Thurrock Young Musician winners announced

13 December 2019
Last month, Thurrock Young Musician took place at the Gateway Academy hosted by Rotary Club of Grays, Gateway Academy and Thurrock Music Services.
The competition offers young people the experience of performing on a public stage, the opportunity to showcase their musical talent and receive impartial feedback and assessment of their performance by Nigel Hiscock, an experienced adjudicator who is a professional musician living in Thurrock.