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).
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.
THERE are several ways in which groups and associations can get arts funding from the lottery. Arts Council England (ACE) are sending one of their advisors to Thurrock to help you apply. Lisa Elmer – ACE Relationship Manager for Thurrock will be at Purfleet on Monday 10th March for a public presentation at 6.30pm. Lisa will advise on the different funds, how much is available, and how you can apply.
EXCITING plans for Purfleet – including a possible 500,000 sq ft film and television studios – were revealed by Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr John Kent, on Wednesday (26 February) evening. He was speaking during the council’s budget debate and said: “I want to take this opportunity to highlight some proposals that could have a major impact, a positive impact, on our borough and our lives.”
THIS year’s International Women’s Day will be marked by Thurrock Council on Wednesday, 5 March.
Although international celebrations are due to take place on the Saturday (8 March), the council’s community and equality team will host Wednesday’s event – including a chance for networking tea and coffee from noon until 1.15pm in Committee Room 1.
MANY people believe the service is only for the housebound, but Homelink is a free service delivering library items to people who find it difficult to get to a library and for those who have a physical mobility issue – so if carrying heavy books is a problem, the service could be for you.
NOW and again there are events you attend that leave you feeling a little bit humble. Look left and look right and there were Thurrock citizens at the Thurrock Civic Awards, 2014 that had done so much for their neighbours, their friends, their borough and their country, that you had nothing but unstinting praise for.
HORSE owners across Thurrock are being warned the council’s trading standards department is carrying out a borough-wide check of horse passports. By law, all horses, ponies and donkeys must have a horse passport to help make sure horses treated with certain medicines don’t end up as food for people, and to prevent the sale of a stolen horse, pony or donkey, as the passport proves its identity.
“We have now secured a two-year working arrangement with the ministry which will mean two of their Investigators will be seconded to us and work under the management and direction of our head of fraud,” he said. “In addition, a payment of £78,000 will be made to us to pay for two of Thurrock’s Investigators.
“I’D be happy to talk with my colleagues elsewhere in what the report calls the East Thames – inside and outside of Greater London, on the south bank as well as the north bank of the river – to find ways we could work together. We’re already doing it in south Essex.”
THURROCK Council staff were out and about in the weekend’s stormy weather helping local people cope with the damage caused by high winds. The major issue was the closure of George Street in Grays as the roof of The State Cinema became a danger to the public.
INTRODUCING the item, Council Leader Cllr John Kent said: “We have to look at this remembering while we are facing further spending cuts like all of local government, we also have a new statutory responsibility for Health and Wellbeing and this strategy will improve the quality of existing homes, neighbourhoods, as well as increasing the supply of housing here as well as, over time, improving residents’ health, well-being and lifestyle.”
THREE local councils are on the lookout for some young and eager legal eagles seeking work experience through the summer. Thurrock and Barking and Dagenham councils operate a shared legal service.
THURROCK Council officers and Essex Police have been patrolling the Derwent Parade area of South Ockendon to clamp down on anti-social behaviour. Following reports of ASB – including deliberately setting fires in communal areas and underage drinking – the patrols were held on the nights of Friday (31 January) and Saturday (1 February).
THURROCK Council highways team have carried out a traffic survey on the road, confirming there are still a large number of HGVs using the route – despite the 7½ tonne restriction that was introduced in August 2013. Cllr Andy Smith, Thurrock’s portfolio holder for Highways, said: “The people living in London Road have had to put up with the scourge of heavy lorries trundling just a few yards past their front doors.
WHO could be more worthy of an award than those who make a positive difference to our community and the people in it? This is a chance to show our gratitude and admiration for those special individuals who have:
THIS summer’s Thurrock Writers’ Festival organised by Thurrock Council’s libraries service will include a short-story writing competition. The festival – Saturday, 14 June – aims to showcase and promote the local writing talent of Thurrock people as well as inspire and encourage new writers in partnership with the local community.
ONE of the main reasons Thurrock people’s waste and recycling collections are missed – often on a regular basis – is because of illegally and inconsiderately parked cars. Now that the council’s collections are better than ever, the team is looking to take action against the vehicles and owners who are causing problems.
PETER said: “My dad died of cancer a few years ago and then I heard about the work MacMillan do and how they use coffee mornings to raise money. I just felt I had to do something.” He added: “I’d like to thank everyone who donated prizes – especially Heroes Framing Centre of Grays and Sainsbury’s at Chafford Hundred – and everyone who bought tickets. I’ve raised £505 overall.”
A GROUP of Thurrock school students as well as representatives from Thurrock Council laid wreaths at the gates of Auschwitz on Sunday (Jan 19th). The ceremony was part of a two day visit to the region.
THE nationwide Six Book Challenge encourages less confident readers to develop a new reading habit and improve their skills at the same time. Those taking part are invited to pick six reads of their choice – these can include poems and articles – and complete a reading diary in order to receive incentives along the way and a certificate.
THE 11TH THURROCK Civic Awards are going to be a little bit different with this year’s Mayor’s Award available for people to vote online. Mayor, Cllr Tony Fish, has put forward five nominees – organisations and/or people – who have piqued his interest in his time in office.
THURROCK Council launched its Veterans’ Charter nearly two years ago and is now asking if it needs updating. In late November, the council agreed a motion from Cllr Rob Gledhill that ““The Council request that a review be carried out of the implementation of the Veteran’s Charter and publish the results before its second anniversary (March 2014), to ensure that the commitment we signed up to is working in Thurrock?”
PEOPLE are being warned about a man posing as a trading standards officer, following an incident in Aveley on Friday (10 January). Essex Police have been informed of the incident where the man provided fake ID in an effort to obtain money from residents.