THE Thurrock Community Safety Partnership provided a free Educate and Celebrate workshop for Anti-Bullying Week. The workshop, presented by Educate and Celebrate founder Elly Barnes an experienced teacher, centred on tackling homophobic bullying in schools and how to make sure schools are inclusive and encourage young people to have the confidence to be themselves without fear or prejudice.
THURROCK Council tenants at the Piggs Corner sheltered housing complex in Grays, celebrated their Christmas Party on Wednesday (4 December). Sixty tenants enjoyed a three-course meal laid on by staff and followed by fun entertainment from the Tilbury-based band No Nonsense.
ON Friday (29 November) the first of this year’s Thurrock Council free recycling bag giveaways was held at the Sainsbury’s supermarket, Chafford Hundred. The free blue plastic bags are being given away to residents so they can recycle more this festive season There are 12 supermarket giveaway days across the borough, but if you cannot make it to an event near you, you can collect the bags from your local library or area office, the Civic Offices in Grays or from the Orsett Village Store and Bulphan Village Store ahead of Christmas.
THE sharing of top management posts with other local authorities will have saved Thurrock Council nearly half a million pounds compared with 2010, councillors will be told – and more will have to be made in future. A report to Wednesday (27 November) evening’s meeting of the council says that senior management changes will see £455,676 saved in Thurrock in a full year and nearly double that (£907,076 in a year) across the public sector as a whole, compared with 2010.
PEOPLE across Thurrock are being invited to nominate their local heroes for the prestigious civic awards. The 11th Thurrock Civic Awards will be held on Friday, 21 February and there are 11 awards up for grabs covering all aspects of life in the borough – including Olympic legacy, environmental hero, supporting local communities, creative excellence, healthy living, lifetime achievement and the Rachel Middleton award for outstanding courage and bravery.
THURROCK Council’s car parks will be free on each Saturday in December this year. Cllr Angie Gaywood, the council’s portfolio holder with responsibility for parking, said: “For the past couple of years we have made parking free in our pay and display car parks and roadsides on each Saturday in December.
PARENTS of children who will be going to school for the first time next September, are being reminded to make sure they register in time. Cllr John Kent, Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder, says he visited a number of primary schools in recent weeks and was reminded that parents must make sure they register before the deadline.
THURROCK Council’s licensing sub-committee rejected an application for the transfer of a licence for a Grays shop selling alcohol after strong police opposition.
The current premises licence holder for alcohol sales at Trey Food and Wine in Clarence Road, Samuel Shonubi, was seeking to transfer the licence to Jamila Robinson.
Simon Harper, the Port of Tilbury’s Training and Development Manager, chaired the event and welcomed delegates to the third annual conference. And keynote speaker, Fraser Doherty, founder of SuperJam, the 100 per cent fruit jam company which he started aged 14 using his grandmother’s recipes, inspired delegates with the story of his entrepreneurial journey.
AN East Tilbury woman has been fined and had good seized from her home after she breached a noise abatement order three times. On Friday (22 November) magistrates at Basildon considered the case of Lolita Mbaki, 27, of Queen Elizabeth Avenue, East Tilbury.
TOP Thurrock councillors have been told Essex Police have under-spent on PCSOs by over £1 million this year and promised they will not make any PCSO redundant. One Wednesday (13 November) evening, the council’s cabinet was discussing an overview and scrutiny investigation into whether PCSOs were value for money and whether the council should continue to match-fund 14 of them in the borough. Portfolio holder for public protection, Cllr Angie Gaywood, thanked everybody and organisation which had contributed to the investigation, and said: “I would like to say what a really valuable and excellent piece of work this review has been, the report is clearly very thorough.”
SHE may or may not have the body of a weak and feeble woman but housing boss, Val Morris-Cook has announced plans to kick-start the house-building industry in Thurrock. The plans were given the go-ahead by Thurrock Council’s cabinet on Wednesday (13 November) evening.
THIS year’s annual Thurrock Business Conference is being held next Wednesday (20 November) at the Civic Hall, Blackshots, Grays. The event – between 8am and 11.30am – is being held during Global Entrepreneurship Week and has the theme Take A Step Forward. Keynote speaker will be Fraser Doherty, the founder of SuperJam, the 100 per cent fruit jam company which he started aged 14 using his gran’s recipes.
PEOPLE living close to the railway station on the Flowers Estate in South Ockendon will be receiving free parking permits for up two to vehicles by the end of this year says Thurrock Council. A lengthy process – including two inconclusive consultations and an equally inconclusive public meeting – showed that people living in one part of the estate were keen on the permits, while others were not.
STAFF and residents at Thurrock Council’s Dexter Close sheltered housing complex in Grays are hosting a Christmas bazaar at the end of the month. The event will be on Saturday, 30 November between 10.30am and 1pm to raise funds for regular outings and other social events for the tenants in the coming year.
CLLR Gaywood said: “During the first four months of the car’s six-month trial it made 578 visits to Thurrock’s 50-odd schools during the morning and afternoon school runs and recorded 153 school-related parking contraventions. “There is no need to park thoughtlessly or dangerously when dropping off or picking up children at schools, indeed because of the large number of young people close to busy roads at this time, it is all the more important people park sensibly and safely.
THE IMPORTANCE of the London Gateway port and logistics park to the nation’s finances has been recognised by the speed in which the government supported the Local Development Order (LDO). Thurrock Council agreed the order on Monday evening (4 November) and the agreement was couriered to Westminster on the Tuesday.
THURROCK Council’s trading standards are warning consumers to be on the lookout for fraudsters using the Green Deal scheme to cheat money out of them.
The Green Deal is a new way of paying for energy-saving home improvements such as loft insulation, cavity-wall insulation, double glazing, new boilers or solar panels.
THURROCK Council unanimously supported creating a Local Development Order (LDO) for the massive London Gateway logistics park during a special meeting on Monday (4 November). Portfolio holder for regeneration, Cllr Andy Smith proposed, and his “shadow” from the opposition, Cllr Garry Hague seconded two items – the Consideration of Habitat Regulations Screening Assessment and the Adoption of a Local Development Order. Both were unanimously supported.
SEVEN out of eight premises visited by Thurrock Council’s trading standards team on Thursday (31 October) refused to sell alcohol to underage people. The latest of the team’s sweeps to ensure shopkeepers follow the law in sales of cigarettes and alcohol was carried out during the half term holidays in Grays, Stanford-le-Hope and South Ockendon.
THURROCK Council’s library service hosted an “alien invasion” day at the Thameside Theatre, Grays, which saw children and families coming face to face with the evil menaces. The day proved popular with children having the opportunity to be creative with arts and craft, making time clocks and building their own Dalek!
THURROCK’S Citizens Advice (CAB) and Thurrock Council’s trading standards team are steering people in the right direction this November when it comes to buying a used car. The drive is part of a month-long campaign, launching on Monday, 4 November, at the start of National Consumer Week.
The winner has been chosen and it is Ellie-May Chamberlain, a former pupil of Belmont Castle Primary School, who was selected from hundreds of entries. Ellie-May was presented with her prize at the Thurrock Cycle Centre, Grays by Les Banks the shop owner and Denise Langan, Thurrock Council’s road safety manager.
In the weeks leading up to Bonfire Night on 5th November, the team focus their attention on the sale and safe storage of fireworks and they would like the help of residents to identify local traders who may be selling fireworks to those under the age of 18 or who may be selling fireworks illegally. If you suspect a trader may be selling fireworks to under 18s, or if you see someone selling fireworks from a market stall or van, please report your concerns to trading standards immediately. You can contact the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org