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Beware the bogus workmen

THURROCK Council’s Trading Standards team is warning people to beware of cold-calling odd-job merchants this spring. People are being reminded to always be wary when someone they don’t know knocks at the door.

Don’t say neigh to horse passport checks in Tilbury

TRADING Standards in Thurrock have been busy checking every horse in the borough has the correct paperwork – a horse passport – and is in good health.
On Wednesday, 30 April, the council’s team, working with Redwing and Remus horse sanctuaries and the RSPCA will be holding a passport/chipping clinic between 10am and 5pm on the site of the old St Chad’s School, in St Chad’s Road Tilbury.

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.

Council “proud” of debt re-structuring

THURROCK Council will have saved £18 million by its innovative borrowing policy, members were told at Wednesday (26 March) evening’s meeting of the council. Leader, Cllr John Kent, was responding to a question from Cllr Steve Liddiard which asked “Can you tell whether the debt restructuring exercise that was undertaken in 2010 did alleviate the difficult financial situation that the Council found itself in and what has been the effect to date?”

Dozens get back into sport after council offer.

SINCE February Thurrock Council in Partnership with Barking and Dagenham have been delivering the Active Sport 4 Life Programme. Already 40 Thurrock residents have taken up the opportunity to get back into sports free of charge at venues across the borough, but organisers are looking for more.

Bus information in lights

Thurrock Council – with Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council – have been working on the system across the county and the Automatic Vehicle Location System is now active. The councils will continue to work with bus operators and other partners on further upgrades for the system.

Wishes can come true

A THURROCK Council scheme aimed at helping people find employment is looking for mentors to support its clients. The Wishes learning project for adults creates plans and helps people overcome barriers to taking up new opportunities.

Home fit for heroes? More to be done to promote Veterans’ Charter

A REVIEW into how Thurrock Council’s Veterans’ Charter works has concluded it has helped some individual cases, but more could be done to promote it. The charter was adopted two years ago following consultations and it aims to support veterans get the information and services they need, recognising they may have issues that can impact on their well-being and affect their adjustment to civilian life.

Council want your views on flood risks

The consultation asks some simple questions such as: Have you experienced surface water flooding in the past?; Do you think the surface water maps accurately represent the areas at risk of surface water flooding across the borough?; Which areas are shown to be at risk of flooding that shouldn’t be? Please provide evidence to back up your claims; and it also provides an opportunity for people to put forward their own ideas.

Literacy boost in South Ockendon

The older students from the Erriff Drive school talked to the younger children about their favourite books and guided them through the quizzes and games. Prizes were awarded for the highest marks in the book quiz and all the Bonnygate students left with stickers, bookmarks, pens, and a range of information for parents to help them improve their reading.

Children at faith schools face fares hike

MOST people whose children attend denominational schools and who rely on council-provided transport for them to get to class will have to pay from September. Following a major consultation exercise last year, Thurrock Council’s cabinet agreed the “three-tiered” fees on Wednesday (19 March) evening.

Thurrock Council and NHS forge closer links

THE ageing and growing population in Thurrock – and across the country – means it makes sense for councils and the local NHS to work together more closely. That was the message health portfolio holder Cllr Barbara Rice gave Thurrock Council’s cabinet on Wednesday (19 March) evening, speaking about the Better Care Fund.

Awards night set for schools and teachers in Thurrock

AN AWARDS night for schools and teachers in Thurrock was announced on Wednesday (19 March) evening’s meeting of the council’s cabinet. Council Leader and education portfolio holder, Cllr John Kent, was speaking about last year’s Education Commission report which had recommended celebrating schools’ successes and increasing pride in schools and the borough as a whole.

Literacy boost with ‘Reading rocks 4 U”

THE Ockendon Academy and the South Ockendon Centre are getting together to promote a new and innovative way of reading aimed at ten- to 13-year-olds. “Reading rocks 4 U” will be held at the Derry Avenue, South Ockendon centre at 1.30pm on Thursday, 20 March.

Two more fostering evenings in Thurrock

THIS is an informal event where people can pop in and chat one-to-one with a social worker who will be able to explain the process and answer questions. The second event is an open evening on Wednesday, 2 April starting at 7pm at Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett (RM16 3HS). The evening begins with a short presentation followed by a question and answer session with existing foster carers.?

Environmental Club for Kids

WITH spring upon us, Thurrock Council’s Langdon Hills’ ranger team is gearing up for its regular environmental club meetings for young people. The Junior Nature Club is for young people aged eight to 11 and runs between 10am and noon – £3 a session – one Saturday a month until November.

Aspiring social workers pass probation

ASYE helps newly qualified social workers develop their skills, knowledge and capability and strengthen their professional confidence by providing regular and focused support during their first year of employment. The Social Workers have had their practice with service users observed by senior staff and have received feedback on their performance as well as having to ensure their practice meets the needs of their role.

Council’s housing scheme is transforming lives

Contracts for the £68 million Transforming Homes project include a commitment to provide training and job opportunities, such as apprenticeships in building-related trades and management or professional roles. Through its partnership with Thurrock Council, construction giant Wates ran a two-week vocational training programme for 16 Thurrock residents who hope to work in the industry.

Council claim they are ‘Leading the country” in fight against mould

THURROCK’S housing portfolio holder says the council is leading the country in tackling damp and mould in its homes, targeting £2 million at the issue.

Cllr Val Morris-Cook said: “There’s been a long-standing neglect of council homes – not just in Thurrock, but across the country – but we’re the first council to actually grasp the nettle and act.

Commonwealth Day celebrated in Thurrock

THURROCK mayor, cllr Tony Fish was joined by cllr John Kent, the leader of Thurrock Council and an assembled civic party who celebrated the first ever Commonwealth Day. Cllr Fish read the Commonwealth Affirmation to mark the event.

School Places: Wrong…Do it again!

AN increasing number of parents are not ensuring their children have the widest choice of secondary school because they don’t fill in the admissions correctly.
Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder, Leader Cllr John Kent, said on Friday (7 March): “When I saw the admissions figures I was initially shocked by the fact that around a hundred were classed as ‘unplaced’.

Over 1,200 homes improved by Thurrock Council

CLLR Val Morris-Cook, cabinet member for housing, said: “Thurrock Council tenants deserve the best that social housing has to offer. The Transforming Homes programme is one of the most ambitious council housing renovation schemes anywhere in England. Housing can play a vital role in people’s health and wellbeing as well as improving their daily lives. The work now underway is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a real difference for thousands of people.”

High praise from Mayor for Princes Trust team

The 14 young people who make up Team 6 are all aged between 16 and 24 and raised the money to help finish some of the building work for the Karis-May Darling Community building in Corringham Park so the Karis-May Darling Foundation can open it as soon as possible. On Wednesday,19 February the team finished their sponsored walk from the park to the Civic Offices where they met Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Tony Fish (pictured).

Eat better … start better

THE return of public health responsibilities to local councils is already showing results, says Thurrock’s health portfolio holder Barbara Rice. She was praising the Eat Better, Start Better programme which involved the public health and early years teams rolling out the initiative across the borough.

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