Inn on the Green in Stanford-le-Hope have light licence application refused

MEMBERS of Thurrock Council’s licensing sub-committee turned down a bid to extend opening hours at a Stanford-le-Hope pub on three successive Fridays in August. The sub-committee met on Thursday (24 July) evening to consider whether a temporary event notice should be granted for the Inn on the Green.

Outbreak of WW1 to be remembered at Tilbury Fort

ONE of the most momentous days in British history will be commemorated at Tilbury Fort on Monday (4 August) – the 100th anniversary of Britain’s declaration of war.

Thurrock Council pass motion against “expolitative” Workfare

A FULL AND frank debate took place at Thurrock Council on Wednesday night (July 23rd) as Labour successfully passed a motion against Workfare.

UKIP councillor Robert Ray stands down as leader of Thurrock group

THE LEADER of Thurrock Ukip, cllr Robert Ray has announced he is standing down as the leader of Thurrock Ukip. The Aveley councillor has made the announcement as he is in the middle of court proceedings in relation to a drink-driving allegation.

Towie stars Jessica Wright and Ricky Rayment come to Grays salon

TOWIE stars Jessica Wright and Ricky Rayment took time off from their busy filming schedules to pop into The Salon in Southend Road, Grays. The glamorous duo were at the popular Grays salon as part of Jessica Wright’s pop up shops.

Residents lose as Friends of Hardie Park get licence for booze

Sub-committee chair, Cllr Mike Stone, appealed to the Friends of Hadie Park – who were at the meeting – to engage with local people after a 39-name petition was received. Speaking afterwards, he said: “We felt the enthusiasm of the Friends to create something new and exciting for their local area deserved support, but it is equally important that local people are not upset by the proposals.

Funding to anti-racism organisation: “Nothing to do with us” says councillor

CLLR Speight said: “Cllr Maney needs to get his facts straight. Funding levels to both TRUST or NGage are determined by the CVS – a decision that allows voluntary grants to be determined by the voluntary sector and one that enjoyed cross-party support. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau stands outside this arrangement for historic reasons.

Dance fitness classes in Brandon Groves

THERE are dance fitness classes at Brandon Groves in South Ockendon. Fitness instructor, Vicky Carr is holding classes every Wednesday at 7pm at the Brandon Groves Community Club in South Ockendon.

Primary schools learn road safety skills with Kerbcraft

ON Friday 18 July, the volunteers, who help training the children, were invited to a Thank You presentation and coffee morning at the council’s Civic Offices in Grays, where they were presented with certificates for taking part in the scheme.

Tory anger at delay in Frost Estate bid to become parish council

SENIOR Conservative councillors vented their anger at Thurrock Council at delays in processing a petition that would see more independence for a Corringham housing estate.

In February, local residents (joined by MP Stephen Metcalfe and local councillors) and handed in a petition to Thurrock Council that they hoped would result in a community or parish council being formed.

Illegal traveller site in Chadwell St Mary defy police

AN illegal encampment of gypsy-travellers in Chadwell St Mary have defied an order from the police to move on. The group have been in Claudian Way, Chadwell for several days now.

St Clere’s student pleads guilty to threats to kill at school

A ST CLERE’S school pupil pleaded guilty to making threats to kill at the Stanford-le-Hope school. The 12-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Basildon magistrates court this week.

Fields of fire near former South Essex College site in Grays

FIRE CREWS tackled a large fire involving six acres of grassland alight near the South Essex College campus in Grays. Crews used four hose reel jets, six beaters and two backpack sprayers to fight the blaze.

Man wounded by air weapon in Grays

DETECTIVES in Grays are investigating after a man was wounded with a pellet from an air weapon as he walked along Seabrook Rise towards Grays town centre on July 22, around 8.45pm.

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.

Another night of thunder and lightning

IT WAS like the scene from any number of movies. At times it was a bit War of the Worlds and at other times like Independence Day as the sky was twisted and torn in a very dramatic style.

Lightning Frightening in Thurrock!

FLOODING was holding up traffic at the North Stifford roundabout off the A13 but apart from that and a few traumatised little dogs, life seems to have got back to normal.

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