Review of the Year: Jan,Feb and March

January

Funny, how we started the year with a story called: “2013 could be the year that the landscape of Aveley changes forever.” Not far wrong there!

Rail prices went up by 4.2%.

When it came to house prices: Grays was the only place in the south of England to appear in the bottom ten in the league when it came to increased in house prices.

Rylan entered the Big Brother house, Henry’s pub closed, Shadow health spokesperson on Thurrock Council, cllr Shane Hebb sent a series of press releases throughout the year showing that he was going to scrutinise Basildon Hospital. Indeed, CQC were in and out a lot in the first few months of 2013.

The inquest in Thailand opened on Ryan Marven (Ryan, 30, died of serious head injuries in a crash in Koh Samui in 2011).

Former Stanford resident, Julie Dartnell was nominated for an Oscar (Best Make-Up: Les Miserables).

Chadwell teenager, John Philpott passed away after a long battle with Batten’s Disease.

The recession bit deep with Jessops, HMV and Blockbuster all suffering various administration woes.

Members of the Pegasus Club met to see if they could buy it.

There was the terrible case of Dusty the dog, dying at the grooming salon in Grays.

MP Jackie Doyle-Price held a surgery in McDonalds.

Labour began a campaign to target dangerous parkers outside schools. There was the black hole of Blackshots

Lakeside rebranded to become intu Lakeside.

February

Nigel Farage visited Thurrock. We may see more of him in 2014.

Education in Tilbury dominated the headlines all year. There was the strange case of the Manor Primary accounts.

The Corringham trampoline row went national!

Labour got to grip with budget proposals. They also commission an investigation into the state of education in Thurrock.

Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions celebrated a handover of services.

Stories about Foodbanks seem to emerge more and more. There was a fire in the Leisure Centre in Tilbury.

Thurrock Drug and Alcohol Team were lauded as the best in the country.

The TIGER Fund was launched for interest free loans to businesses.

March

Potholes was quite an issue around the borough.

Thurrock Council has been fined for ignoring the asbestos hazard in a number of its schools.

Thurrock T-Bird made her England debut in rugby. Boxer Matt McCarthy continued to impress.

The Garden Restaurant in Orsett Hall was receiving rave reviews.

Mr Perrin continued to be one of our most prolific bloggers.

Jools Holland opens the National Skills Academy in Purfleet.

Former mayor and war hero, Reg Lee passed away.

A man died after falling from the QE2 bridge. Sadly, that was and would not be the first time,YT would write that.

A murder investigation was launched after Grays man, Liam Holden was found dead in the Morrisons car park.

It was good to see businesses such as HW Wilson and Sales Scene scoop awards as well as young website designer, Ian Colley.

Grays Athletic continued to chase down leaders Maldon.

A new crossing for Southend Road in Grays was promised.

Ministers continued to visit DP World to look at progress. Whilst John Kent continued to press for a “None of the above’ option for the Lower Dartford Crossing.

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