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.

Apprenticeship Levy funding available for Thurrock businesses

19 February 2020
To support our ambition to make Thurrock a great place to work and learn, we are sharing some of our apprenticeship levy to enable small businesses in the borough fund new apprenticeships.
The funding can be used by Thurrock employers to recruit new apprentices or to upskill their existing workforce.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for central services and communities, said: "If you are a local business who could use the levy to recruit a new apprentice or offer a fantastic leaning opportunity to existing employees, please do get in touch with the council.

A13 widening works progress - updated list of closures

18 February 2020
As works progress to widen the A13 drivers are reminded of a series of weekend and overnight closures to enable the next phase of the project to be completed safely.
This weekend's closure takes place from 9pm on Friday 21 February until 5am on Monday 24 February. The road will be closed in both directions between the A128 junction (Orsett Cock roundabout) and the A1014 junction (Stanford-le-Hope).
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:

Share your views on the Public Space Protection Order in Grays

14 February 2020
Thurrock Council has launched a Grays Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) consultation and would like to hear views from local residents and businesses.
The PSPO was introduced in April 2017 to address street drinking and anti-social behaviour in the town centre. The council is now considering extending the current PSPO due to expire at the end of March 2020.

Council Tax proposals for continued investment in the environment, social care and tackling anti-social behaviour

13 February 2020
Thurrock Council’s Cabinet has recommended a modest increase in Council Tax with all additional funding being used for social care, environmental improvements and tackling anti-social behaviour.
Budget proposals approved by Cabinet today are for an increase of 1.49 per cent in general council tax and a 2 per cent increase in the social care precept having applied no council tax increase the previous financial year.

Aveley Library reopens its doors

13 February 2020
Aveley Library is set to reopen next week at a brand new location and as part of the new Aveley Community Hub.
The hub which includes the library, a café and activities for local residents will open at 10am on Tuesday 18 February at its new home in New Maltings, High Street, Aveley, RM15 4BY after closing the doors on its Purfleet Road building for the last time on Saturday 1 February. It will initially open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

Thurrock prepares for an action-packed half-term

11 February 2020
Looking for some family friendly fun this February half-term? Reconnect with nature and enjoy some free activities in Thurrock's parks and green spaces.
Thurrock Council is hosting its latest Active Parks programme of crafts and sports activities from Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February to enhance residents’ experiences in the great outdoors and the borough's parks. Daily morning and afternoon sessions will be held across the week in Grays, Aveley, Bulphan, Tilbury, Purfleet, Corringham, West Thurrock, South Ockendon, Chafford Hundred and Horndon on the Hill.