Basildon hospital to consider placements for armed forces

BASILDON and Thurrock University Hospitals Trust is considering offering clinical placements for members of the armed forces to help ease staffing pressures reports the Health Service Journal. The trust’s nursing director, Diane Sarkar, last week met with Colonel Alan Barr, assistant training director at the Army Medical Directorate for an initial discussion on the proposals.

Ockendon student wins national design award

A STUDENT from South Essex College of Further & Higher Education has beaten off stiff competition from across the country to win a national design award. Ryan Christy, 19, who has just completed his Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course, was selected to represent the College and showcase his work at the University of […]

“Selling Thurrock by the pound” will help make savings says council leader

THE way Thurrock Council deals with land and buildings it owns will play an ever-important role in its finances and the development of the borough as a whole, says Council Leader Cllr John Kent.

Health staff enjoy the Big Lunch

STAFF from NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were on hand to chat to members of the public and answer questions about the work of the local health service at the very well attended Big Lunch event at Grays Town Park on Wednesday 30 July.

THE CCG was one of many local organisations to have a stand at the event which was aimed at bringing the local community together to take advantage of free summer activities for children and families. There were also information stands from local voluntary groups and other health and social care organisations.

Thurrock Tory slams “Clueless Labour councillor” over fly-tipping

ORSETT councillor, Sue Little is not a woman to be ignored. On Wednesday July 23rd she asked the portfolio holder for public protection, cllr Phil Smith a question about fly-tipping.

Another field fire in Tilbury

FIRE CREWS were called to a fire in a field near to St Chads in Tilbury. Crews reported that one acre of standing crop and stubble was alight. Firefighters used two hose reels, water backpacks and beaters to extinguish the fire by 23:38hrs.

Photograph of London Gateway Port wins competition

A PHOTOGRAPH of the dockside cranes at the new London Gateway Port has come tops in the ICE East of England annual This is Civil Engineering photography competition.

Asda roundabout in Tilbury blocked after crash

A1089 Essex – A1089 St Andrew’s Road in Tilbury partially blocked at Asda Roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles. On the roundabout.

Chaotic scenes at Thurrock Council as community bus users make emotional pleas

THERE were emotional scenes at Thurrock Council last night as dozens of users of a community bus pleaded with the council to save the service. Thurrock Council may cut all the funding for the service in the next financial year.

Thurrock singers perform at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

FRESH from their success in the sell-out performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus members performed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on Sunday 20 July in Opening Acts, the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Summer Performance.

Fly-tipping epidemic continues as twenty tonnes set on fire in West Tilbury

FIRE CREWS were called to 20 tonnes of rubbish on fire in Turnpike Lane, West Tilbury. At 20:12hrs on Wednesday July 30th, crews reported that steady progress was being made at the incident, crews used two hose reels and foam to extinguish the fire.

Council secures millions for new homes in Thurrock

THURROCK Council has secured millions in government funding to build 140 affordable homes for rent by 2018. The £4.6 million support from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) will fund the building of one- and two-bedroomed housing and family homes across the borough. The HCA provides much of the funding to build or improve affordable homes nationally.

Job losses as Kiddicare set to close at Lakeside

IT WAS launched in a blaze of glory but in just under eighteen months, baby specialists, Kiddicare is to close its doors. It was on December 12th 2012 that Kiddicare threw open the doors to their largest baby superstore at Lakeside Retail Park.

Meals on wheels changes proposed

MEMBERS of Thurrock Council’s Health and Wellbeing overview and scrutiny committee have been told proposed changes to the borough’s meals on wheels service would not only guarantee people “would have a hot meal of the same quality at no extra cost”, but that the council would save £2.70 a meal.

intu Lakeside helps Grays library with dual language books

THE new range of children’s books contains five different language combinations, all identified as the ones most requested by visitors to the library, and include English-Spanish, English-Polish and English-Arabic.

Is this the most enterprising street in Thurrock?

WE are kept being told that Thurrock is “Open for business” and that this is the hub for economic regeneration. These are, on many fronts, exciting times (let us put the £40 million pounds worth of council cuts to the side for a moment). However, what about down on the streets of Thurrock. Over the […]

Chemical spillage in car park at Sainsburys in Chafford Hundred

A MAN in his 30s needed oxygen therapy after breathing in fumes from his vehicle. He was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Funding crisis at Thurrock’s Citizens Advice Bureau: “Start with Trust and Ngage” say Tories

A SENIOR Thurrock Conservative councillor has called on Thurrock Council to look at the amount of taxpayer’s money spent on organisations such as Trust and ngage before slashing the budget of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Long delays on M25 after fuel spillage

POLICE are advising motorists to avoid the anticlockwise carriageway of the M25 between junctions 28 and 27 following a two vehicle road traffic collision which has shut two lanes. Officers were alerted at 12.42pm today to reports of a collision between a Rover 75 and a lorry.

Aveley’s young people set for the high seas!

COME October, 13 of Aveley’s young people will be setting sail and manning the good ship Faramir. For three days our young people will take over the running of the Faramir and learn some of the skills needed to safely navigate open water under sail. Faramir, a Ketch with a length of 22.35m and a breadth of 5.26, was designed by Marine Architect David Cannell in 1982, specifically for use as a sail training vessel.

20 tonnes of manure set on fire in Corringham

THE incident commander reported that the heap was 50% alight when they arrived. Crews used one main jet and two hose reel jets to tackle the fire which was extinguished by 16:13hrs.

Reports of house in Aveley struck by lightning as torrential rain hits Thurrock

POLICE, other emergency services and local authorities are dealing with severe weather conditions in the south east of the county. Heavy rainfall in Southend, Rayleigh and Castle Point districts and Wickford and The village of Ramsden Heath has left some roads impassable with flood water.

Chief nurse praises Basildon’s “wonderful nurses”

On a recent visit, Ruth May spent time with the hospital’s heads of nursing to hear more about the initiatives which have contributed to its recent ‘good’ rating from the CQC. She was told about the impact of increased nurse staffing levels and the rigorous processes which have led to a reduction in patient falls and pressure ulcers.

Let’s get free running and parkour

A SERIES of events aimed at young people and families is being organised by Thurrock Council and its partners through the school summer break. A series of free outdoor Parkour and Freerunning sessions for 11- to 19-year-olds is being organised by Team Traceur.

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