Jackie Doyle Price and Polly Billington defiant on UKIP poll

BOTH Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle Price and Labour candidate, Polly Billington have poured cold water on the Lord Ashcroft poll that predicted a UKIP victory in Thurrock in the 2015 General Election.

UKIP councillor Robert Ray pleads not guilty to drink-drive charge

THE LEADER OF Thurrock UKIP, cllr Robert Ray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of drinking and driving. The 65-year-old councillor appeared at Basildon magistrates court on Tuesday morning.

Take some time out in summer hols to vote for local education hero

WITH school out for summer now is the perfect time for parents and pupils to nominate their local education hero or inspiration for recognition. Well over 50 nominations have already flowed in for the first ever Thurrock Education Awards. With categories for teachers, support staff, head teachers and governors the awards reflect the range of people who contribute to improving our schools.

Poll has UKIP set to take Thurrock in 2015 General Election

A NEW poll commissioned by Lord Ashcroft today has revealed that UKIP is currently on course to make history in the constituency of Thurrock next year by electing a UKIP MP.

Chadwell travellers given 24 hours notice to move on

THE GROWING problem of travellers illegally encamping in Thurrock and surrounding areas continued as Essex Police gave a group who had encamped in Chadwell St Mary, 24 hours to move on.

Essex Fest: Thurrock Council detail the conditions they failed to meet.

THURROCK Council have detailed the conditions that the aborted two day festival called Essex Fest failed to meet. The two specific requirements of the licence that the Essex Fest organisers failed to meet at the required times were:

Thurrock Labour fight against cuts to Grays fire station

FIRE fighter Andrew Knowles said: “Essex Fire Authority should reconsider their decision as soon as possible. Grays has more high risk sites than in the whole of Hertfordshire, and yet the Authority wants us to cover this area with reduced equipment and staff which has serious implications for residents safety. Cuts will make protecting the residents of Grays much harder and increases the risks if there was an incident. We will be taking our concerns to Thurrock Council to ask for their support in making the Fire Authority change its mind. It is great to have Polly’s support on this”.

Labour candidate Polly: “Govt. has come to its senses over A13″

“THE local Tory MPs have failed their communities for years on this: it is the sensible practical arguments of Thurrock Labour that have won out, thanks to the wide support from across the community for a reasonable approach. This should be seen as a victory for our community and common sense. but it cannot stop here. We must ensure from now on, ministers listen to us earlier and respond to our concerns about the impact of such a huge project”.

Labour candidate praises Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions

LAST Friday morning I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with staff and customers of Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions who offer real choice and control to people with disabilities in Thurrock. A great experience. I would like to publicly thank Director Sunny Saini and CEO Neil Woodbridge for their valuable time and especially for the visit to their Stanford locality base in East Thurrock.

Council warns over copy-cat websites

TRADING standards officers at Thurrock Council are joining national colleagues warning people about the dangers of using so-called “copycat” websites – especially around applying for passports. Cllr Phil Smith, the council’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “Our officers have seen a notable increase in people – often older people – who have used a website for applying for passports only to find they are then charged more than the set fees.”

Lakeside act to evict travellers from land near Chafford Hundred

KATE Miller, General Manager (Operations) at intu Lakeside: “We have been working with both Thurrock Council and local police to address the illegal occupation of the coach park which began in late June. Together, we are following the appropriate legal channels to ensure this issue is resolved as quickly as possible.”

South Essex College handed keys to the door

IT ALL getting very exciting as the countdown continues until South Essex College opens its doors. Skanska have now handed over the keys to the college as it is on schedule to open in September and herald a brand new age in Thurrock education.

Result! Eight jailed for seven years each over failed Lakeside heist

EIGHT men have today been jailed for seven years after pleaded guilty to stealing watches and jewellery worth nearly £2m from a jewellery store in Thurrock.

Health minister Jeremy Hunt praises Basildon hospital in House of Commons

SOUTH BASILDON and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe, and Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, rose on the floor of the House of Commons recently to praise Basildon Hospital for the progress it has made since it was placed into special measures.

New Thames Crossing: Government pledge to assess impact of free flow tolling

A NEW crossing is a vital part of our aspirations for a better future both locally and nationally by providing vital links for businesses and citizens within the area, with the rest of the country and further afield to Europe. Our focus must be to identify where and how to deliver that new crossing. We obtained technical advice on particular issues raised by consultees about the alternate locations for a new crossing. This included possible air quality impacts, potential mitigation of environmental impacts, additional investment likely to be needed on the surrounding road network, and how the two locations could serve the ambitious development plans.

Council offer advice for those who bought tickets for Essex Fest

FOLLOWING the cancellation of Essex Fest – scheduled for this coming weekend (19 and 20 July), Thurrock Council’s trading standards department has issued the following advice for those who bought tickets. If organisers cancel an event, you are entitled to a full refund of the face value of the ticket, and usually the booking fee. The face value is the cost of the ticket as printed on it, without extras on top such as postage, administration and booking fees.

Council leader: “Pleased government listening” over latest announcement on Thames Crossing

SPEAKING on Tuesday (15 July), Cllr Kent said: “In some ways it’s pleasing to note the government is now taking the advice we’ve been giving since at least 2011 – analyse the effect of free-flow tolling before taking any decision of whether or not a new crossing is needed. “On the other hand, because our common sense proposals were ignored initially, it has left Thurrock in limbo not knowing what the government is really thinking – a clearer steer on that thinking would have been very useful.”

Fifteen companies named in Thurrock Council’s £250 million construction boom

THE value of works for the council’s new build developments is estimated to be between £160m and £200m over the next four years. New build developments will vary from small infill sites of around two to four properties to a bigger development of approximately 100 flats. School building projects in the borough could also use the framework.

Thurrock Council defend their actions over Essex Fest

AN emergency Safety Advisory Group meeting involving key agencies – including the council and Essex Police – was held last week, followed by a phone call to the organisers advising them they were not meeting the conditions of his licence, and if the event was to go ahead then they would possibly face enforcement action.

Thousands left disappointed as Essex Fest cancelled after “licence pulled”

EXCLUSIVE: A TWO DAY music festival in Thurrock that had hoped to attract over 10,000 visitors has been cancelled. Essex Fest was set to go ahead on the Orsett Showground on Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th.

Residents flock to hear East Thurrock United plans for new stadium

RESIDENTS had the opportunity to raise their concerns regarding plans for a new football stadium in Stanford-le-Hope. East Thurrock United are in the first stages of putting together an application to submit to the planning authority at Thurrock Council.

“Some outstanding teaching”: Now Aveley Primary receive praise by Ofsted

THE quality of teaching is good with some that is outstanding. Teachers create a purposeful climate in which pupils are encouraged to try their best at all times and to enjoy their learning.

Lord Heseltine backs South East Growth Deal

REVEALING details of ambitious housing plans, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP) presented a new report with national think-tank Localis to highlight barriers and solutions to housing development in the South East.

Chief exec. of Basildon hospital wins “Inspirational” award

THE Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as one of the 50 most inspirational women in healthcare. Clare Panniker was this week included on the Inspirational Women in Healthcare list by Health Service Journal (HSJ), Britain‟s leading health publication.

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