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Stanford Tory praises ‘gracious’ police boss

CLLR Shane Hebb said: “MP Stephen Metcalfe and myself contacted Nick Alston about a run of burglaries at the back end of last year in Stanford-le-Hope, and eventually this led to us asking for a public meeting in the east of the borough following a successful meeting in Ockendon, and another one that was due in Tilbury. Nick was gracious enough to accept, and he came down last week to chat to local people about the issues which are bothering them”.

Purfleet/West Thurrock ranked in top ten in UK for unsecured loan debt

WEST THURROCK, South Stifford and Purfleet are in the top ten postcodes in the UK for unsecured loan debt. According to the survey, commissioned by the Royal Mail, residents in the postcodes RM19 and RM20 have an average unsecured loan debt of just over £800 each.

Labour’s Le-Surf slams police boss Alston

TWENTY three police stations have already closed across Essex and Mr. Altson is clear that in his opinion more police stations will be closed in the future. This is very bad news for residents who raised strong concerns about the closure of Corringham Police station. With the expansion of DPWorld on our doorstep, the prospect of a lower Thames crossing plus major housing developments, a local police station is still viewed by residents as an important part of policing in our constituency.

Vulnerable pupil unit to move to Tilbury (and may be re-named after late councillor)

THE PUPIL REFERRAL Unit (PRU) in Thurrock is set to move from South Ockendon to Tilbury. The ruling Labour cabinet has recommended that a £2.8 million school will be operating in 2015. The plan is to move the current school from the Culver Centre in South Ockendon to the site of the former Jack Lobley School, in Leicester Road, Tilbury.

Is there a postcode lottery for Thurrock GCSE students?

A FASCINATING report into the social landscape in Thurrock was out before the Thurrock ruling Labour cabinet last week. The Fairness in Thurrock review was published earlier this month and its aim is to assess and then address many of the inequalities in health that permeate Thurrock.

Plans for new hospice and luxury homes to go on display

LEADING Developer Countryside and locally based charity, St. Luke’s Hospice are bringing forward plans for a new state-of-the-art hospice and 50 high-quality family-sized homes at Malgraves Farm, Lower Dunton Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill. Thurrock Council has identified the site as being not only suitable, but the preferred location for a new hospice and the associated development which will fund it.

Burglaries in Thurrock: Feb 2014: 156 committed and only three solved…..

THE number of burglaries committed in Thurrock continues to rise, according to the government website, www.police.uk. In February, 2014 there were 156 burglaries. Of those burglaries, 153 remain unsolved. Of the three that were solved, two in Richmond Road, Grays are awaiting an outcome. However, another in Hall Terrace has seen the defendant found not guilty.

MP Metcalfe delighted at British Airways investment

SOUTH Basildon and East Thurrock MP, Stephen Metcalfe has welcomed yet more investment in Thurrock following news that the Solena Fuels in partnership with British Airways has committed to building the world’s first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel in Thurrock.

Politicians invited to debate the future of adult social care in Thurrock

THE THURROCK Coalition is hosting an upcoming public “hustings” event, entitled the “Commitment to Care in Thurrock” on Thursday 24th April 2014 from 6:30pm for a 7pm start to 8:30pm at The Beehive, West Street, Grays.

Thurrock Coalition follows the Social Model of Disability and aims to improve the lives of disabled and older people living in Thurrock by seeking to remove environmental, attitudinal and physical barriers that exist in society

BA landing: Thurrock Council bosses praise over 1000 jobs coming to Thurrock

A YEAR ago that same government failed to help another important component of our industry, Tilbury power station which ironically was using re-useable energy fuel. “We have continued to work hard to attract new investment to our borough so today’s announcement that British Airways and Solena Fuels will be creating a world’s first unique facility at Coryton is great news.

British Airways announce green fuel plant on former Petroplus site in Corringham

WILLIE Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG, said: “We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and thisfirst-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry. The construction of the GreenSky London fuel facility at Thames Enterprise Park will lay the foundations for British Airways to reduce its
carbon emissions significantly. The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”

Development Corp duo agree to pay back £66,000

THURROCK Council has come to an agreement with two former Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation (DC) employees about the return of outstanding money. Niall Lindsay – the former chief executive – and Sean O’Donnell, the director of finance, have agreed terms with the council to repay the full £66,000, money which had been paid them in lieu of notice and other incidental expenses and including costs of around £6,000.

Councillor welcomes key changes for apprenticeships

A CONSERVATIVE Thurrock councillor has welcomed the proposal to increase the wage rate for Thurrock Council apprentices. South Chafford councillor, Charlie Key spoke at the full council meeting.

Stanford Tory claims hundreds against Billet land sale to East Thurrock United

PLANS to ‘dispose’ of a parcel of land in Stanford-le-Hope neighbouring The Crooked Billet Public House, took a step closer last week following a meeting which saw the incumbent Labour Cabinet agree with officer recommendations to the sale of the land for £340,000 for a new sporting use. Now that the sale has been agreed in principle, planning permission is the next hurdle for the redevelopment of the site.

Metcalfe praises the appliance of science

THE event was organised by Newton’s Apple, a charitable non-partisan science policy foundation which aims to act as a neutral bridge between the science and policy communities. It saw Mr Metcalfe, Dr Michael Elves, Chairman of Newton’s Apple, former chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Dr Ian Gibson, and Dr Sarah Main, Director of the Campaign for Science and Technology come together to form a distinguished panel.

Le-Surf adopts bunker mentality

LABOUR’S Parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Mike Le-Surf will be running in the NUCLEAR RACES at Kelvedon Hatch’s Secret Nuclear Bunker on Sunday 11th May to support “Fitness in Mind” and local mental health initiatives. Cllr. Mike Le-Surf recently became an Essex Mental Health Champion alongside all of Brentwood elected members on the borough council.

Councillor Kiely loses national student leadership bid

CONTROVERSIAL Thurrock Labour councillor Aaron Kiely has failed in his bid to become the president of the National Union of Students. The Ockendon councillor has provoked an outcry both locally and nationally due to his poor attendance record at meetings as well as apparent disdain of residents despite pocketing £7,000 a year of taxpayers money.

Over 500 sign Aveley homes petition

OVER 500 people have signed a petition against the plans to build over 500 homes on green belt land in Aveley. Aveley and Uplands councillor. Maureen Pearce and Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle Price set up the petition after outcries from the Aveley public regarding the development planned on what is known as the Old Firemans Club on Purfleet Road in Aveley.

Labour full of praise for East Thurrock United’s new stadium

LABOUR’S ruling cabinet was full of praise for the proposal to move East Thurrock United football club from their present site on Rookery Hill to a new stadium on the Billet Field. Council leader, John Kent left the room as he is president of the club and portfolio holder for central services, cllr Phil Smith also declared an interest as he is a season ticket holder.

Communication breakdown over housing repairs in Ockendon claims councillor

IN our opinion, the problems with bad work, untreated damp and mould and poor communication is that severe that the administration should consider stopping the plan and use the money to finally eradicate the damp and mould by undertaking a complete survey as to its causes. It then needs to consider whether or not it is getting value for money by allowing what appears to be sub contracting to sub standard non communicating operatives.

What will happen to health care in Thurrock after May?

THE scary reality is that Thurrock is the third lowest in the country in terms of spend per head in adult social care – which is not something to celebrate. This means that there is no more fat on the bone to be trimmed off. Many of the people we support in the community feed themselves on £20 per week – imagine suddenly only having £12 per week; what would you do?

Doyle Price speaks to Newsnight over Maria Miller case

THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle Price has told Newsnight what she would do if she was in the same position of (now former) Culture Secretary, Maria Miller’s position. Speaking to the BBC programme and just a few hours before the Basingstoke MP resigned, Ms Doyle Price alongside other MPs with slim majorities was asked regarding the expenses scandal and the implications for those in marginal seats.

MEP Vicky Ford explains changes to Common Agricultural Policy

ON the day the National Farmers Union launch their European elections manifesto, East Anglian MEP Vicky Ford has launched a plain English guide to summarise the reform negotiations. The Common Agricultural Policy remains one of the largest parts of the EU budget. Substantial reforms were negotiated last year and farmers are still waiting for detailed guidance on policy areas which will affect what they plant in the fields this year. Many East Anglian farmers and environmental organisations have contacted MEPs asking for details.

Police bosses curry favour in Tilbury meeting

A LIVELY public meeting in Tilbury meant that the residents from across the Thurrock area could speak directly with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex about the subjects that matter to them most. The two-hour meeting was held on 3rd April at the Gateway Academy in Tilbury, Thurrock’s District Commander Chief Inspector Ben Hodder, Inspector Lee Argent, Inspector Leigh Norris and Lucy Magill, Chair of Community Safety Partnership (CSP) & Head of Public Protection at Thurrock Council, discussed a range of community safety topics with an audience of over 40 people.

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