Remember to separate food and garden waste

7 March 2023
Thurrock Council is reminding residents to dispose of food and kitchen waste in their grey or green refuse bin and only use the brown bin for garden waste.
Brown bin collections will continue as frequently as possible but may not take place on the normal scheduled day. The advice the council is giving residents is to put their bin out on their scheduled collection day and leave it out until it is collected.

Return your overdue library books and pay no late fees

7 March 2023
Thurrock Libraries launched a book amnesty this week, giving residents with overdue library books the opportunity to return them to any library before Friday 24 March and pay no late fees.
Upon returning the items, all late fees will be removed and the individual's account reopened so they can borrow further items in the future.

Council tax decision will help create a sustainable future

2 March 2023
At a meeting of Full Council on Wednesday 1 March, Thurrock councillors approved a council tax increase of 7.99%, plus a 2% adult social care precept. The changes will take affect from 1 April 2023.
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "The decision taken tonight reflects the seriousness of our position. This increase is sadly necessary if we are to secure the future of this council. It is a step we need to take to recover financially and to ensure we can continue providing much needed services for our most vulnerable residents.

Secondary school places announced for September 2023

1 March 2023
Nearly three-quarters of pupils who are expected to begin secondary school in Thurrock this September have been offered their top school choice.
Results announced today (Wednesday 1 March) revealed that 73.5% of students will be able to attend their most preferred school, with 88.7% of children being allocated one of their top 3 preferences.

Caring for Thurrock celebrates Good rating

1 March 2023
Thurrock Council's home care service Caring for Thurrock has received a 'Good' rating across all areas following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in February 2023.
The service, which provides personal care to people living in their own flats and houses, was rated Good overall and in 5 areas relating to safety, effectiveness, caring, responsiveness and being well-led.

Pupils' active travel designs brought to life

21 February 2023
School children across Thurrock have seen their winning poster designs transformed into banners after taking part in a competition to highlight the importance of active travel on their school journey.
Thurrock Council's Road Safety Team launched an active travel initiative with 8 schools in October 2022 to promote ways to travel sustainably and help reduce congestion around schools in Thurrock.

Mayoral Roll of Honour continues to celebrate outstanding achievements

21 February 2023
Since June 2022, the Mayoral Roll of Honour – launched by the Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr James Halden – has recognised 26 individuals and groups for their inspiring work to support others in the community.
The initiative encourages residents to nominate charities, businesses, individuals and community groups whose work has gone above and beyond to service Thurrock in extraordinary ways, making the borough a greater place to live, work, learn and play.
The full list of recipients of the Roll of Honour award is

Have your say on plans for new homes

17 February 2023
Proposals to explore the potential for new homes to meet local demand in Grays and Stanford-le-Hope are being put to residents to share their views.
Thurrock Council is seeking feedback on 2 housing schemes, at:
the Darnley Road and Crown Road Car Park site in Grays town centre
Lyndhurst Road in Stanford-le-Hope
Residents can provide their views online, by phone or by attending drop-in sessions to give their feedback in person.

Brighter Futures Family Hub Network confirmed

9 February 2023
Today, Thursday 9 February, Thurrock Council and its partner agencies has been signed up to the government's Family Hubs Start for Life programme, along with 74 other eligible local authorities.
Thurrock's Brighter Futures Family Hub Network will deliver responsive, high-quality support to local families with children aged 0 to 18 years-old, expectant parents and young adults with special educational needs or disabilities up to the age of 25 years-old.