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Thurrock’s Youth Orchestra forge an entente cordiale

THIRTY young musicians from Thurrock Youth Orchestra and Thurrock Youth Big Band showed off their talents in France earlier this month.
It was as part of the Act (A Common Territory) cross-Channel partnership – an innovative collaboration between leading arts and education partners from France and England and funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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.

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.”

Langdon Hills to host family-friendly bike rides

LANGDON Hills Country Park is hosting family-friendly and free bicycle rides every month until the winter offering a great way to see the countryside up close. The monthly rides are led by Thurrock Council’s Rangers and follow cycle paths across the Country Park and surrounding land.

Treetops kids top the Beat the Street league

CHILDREN from Treetops School in Grays have walked their way to the top tier of the Beat the Street Thurrock leader board. They are now cheering on other players to make the final tally of the walking game 75,000 miles – three times the original target – when it ends on Tuesday, 22 July.

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 launch shop front improvement scheme

THURROCK Council is helping to renovate shop fronts in four areas affected by empty premises in recent years. The Thurrock shop front improvement scheme provides grants to businesses in Aveley, Socketts Heath, Stanford-le-Hope and South Ockendon.

Aged 11-16 and feeling artistic?

Then you should find plenty to keep you busy in the early weeks of the school holidays at Thurrock’s libraries in Corringham and Grays. Several three hour workshops run by professional artists will cover everything from writing your own stories to creating comics and mashups inspired by your favourite books. You will also have the chance to design outfits for your favourite characters from books.

Thurrock’s empty homes plans gathers pace

THE first Thurrock residents are benefitting from a plan to help landlords bring empty homes back into use. The empty homes programme provides owners with up to £50,000 in grants and loans to bring unused homes up to a good standard. In return the owner agrees that Thurrock Council can let the property and provide much-needed accommodation in the borough.

Thurrock Council leads the way on new homes

HCA grant funding has been secured to support three of these – Bracelet Close, Derry Avenue and the Empty Homes Initiative. The HCA has now launched a further funding round and we’re asking to put forward a bid which includes Seabrooke Rise, a scheme that’s already underway, and four others – another scheme for older people at Calcutta Road in Tilbury; two schemes in Chadwell St Mary; and a demonstration site for custom or self-build homes on one of our housing department surplus garage sites.

Alfie the wonder dog sniffs out 6000 fags in Grays

EACH region receives eight days of dog detection that is provided by Wagtail UK and funded by the Department of Health. The operation is managed by the TSI. This partnership allows trading standards officers to identify possible illicit tobacco activity by combining intelligence from HMRC and trading standards.

Accolades to students at Duke of Edinburgh awards

THE deputy mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Sue Gray, presented gold, silver and gold awards to over 90 young people from seven Duke of Edinburgh groups at the council’s annual awards presentation evening. The groups included Grangewaters, OAKs, Thurrock Duke of Edinburgh Club, Grays Convent, Stanford Open Duke of Edinburgh centre, William Edwards school and a […]

Chief executive of Thurrock Council, Graham Farrant maps out the year ahead for Thurrock

THE COMING year may be the most challenging that Thurrock Council has ever faced. Budgetary cuts and efficiency savings mean the the council coffers have declined from over £170 million just a few years ago to close to £85 million. This was the first question we put to Mr Farrant in an interview that is just under twenty minutes long.

More help for veterans in Thurrock

A DROP-IN meeting for veterans, serving personnel and their families will be held on Tuesday, July 15 at The Beehive in Grays. The event between 10am and 12.30pm at the West Street centre will see several Thurrock Council and veteran support organisations available to speak to visitors about any concerns they may have.

More chances to talk about fostering

THURROCK Council’s fostering team will be holding a drop-in session on Wednesday, 9 July, at the Tilbury Children’s Centre. The event – one of several held throughout the year – will be at the London Road, centre between 9am and noon.

Logistics Park work recognised as Thurrock Council scoop prize

THE work put in to creating the London Gateway Logistics Park Local Development Order was recognised on Monday (23 June) evening. Thurrock Council won the Outstanding Planning to Deliver Growth and Employment at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Awards for Planning Excellence, held at the Shaw Theatre in the Pullman, London, on Monday.

Thurrock residents “Beat the Street” walk around the world in record time.

AROUND 20,000 people have already registered and are competing as teams in schools, community groups, workplaces and as individuals. The top five teams who score the most points by walking the furthest will share a cash prize for their chosen charity or cause. There are also spot prizes, many donated by local businesses.

Politicians and businesses join forces to bid for A13 cash

TOP Thurrock businesses and local MPs are joining with Thurrock Council in trying to impress government of the importance of fully funding A13 improvements to unlock the borough’s full growth potential. The Leader of the Council, Cllr John Kent and South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP) chair Peter Jones have jointly signed a letter to Baroness Susan Kramer, Minister of State, at the Department of Transport.

Borough pays tribute to armed forces

EX-service men and women, councillors, council officers and members of the public joined Deputy Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Sue Gray; Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price; Leader of the Council, Cllr John Kent; and the Rev Darren Barlow in a half-hour ceremony leading to the raising of the armed forces flag.

Writers galore at Thurrock Writers Festival

Helen Grimshaw, also from Grays, and in the 13 to 17 age group won with Schemers in the A Twist in the Tale category, telling the story of a girl recovering in hospital and planning to escape with her friend … but something is not quite right. And Koyinsola Sotonwa’s Return to Planet Zombo, part of the Open theme, too the eight to 12 age title with a funny and light-hearted story with an edge about a girl called Skylar who realises her idol is from an enemy planet – can they live in harmony?

The local touch proves its worth

THURROCK Council’s new approach to building stronger communities is being expanded after a positive response. Thurrock Council appointed two local area coordinators for Stifford Clays and Tilbury Riverside and St Chads last week, nearly a year after the first three coordinators began work last July. The team is now six-strong, including one coordinator seconded from […]

Back the Book with The Bookstart Bear

THE Bookstart Bear visited Thurrock last week as part of National Bookstart Week. Special story times organised by Thurrock Council’s library service were held in libraries, children’s centres and the Thameside Nature Park and High House Production Park.

Are you eligible for business rate relief?

THURROCK Council is urging small and local businesses to contact it directly if they think they qualify for business rate relief. Cllr Victoria Holloway, the council’s new cabinet member for central services, said: “When it was explained that some local firms are paying other organisations to get this relief I was shocked.

Diversity’s Perri Kiely and Jordan Banjo support Beat the Street

THERE were lots of smiling faces in Grays town centre on Saturday (June 14) when Diversity stars Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely turned up to show their support for Beat the Street Thurrock. The dance troupe duo left their fast moves behind to sign around 200 Beat Box cards and maps for waiting fans.

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