Review of the Year: July, August and September

July

Thurrock Council seemed to be making in-roads in challenging shops that were serving under-agers alcohol.

The year seemed to be punctuated with fires at disused buildings in Tilbury.

Each month seemed to be decision time for the Dartford Crossing.

JLS came to Gable Hall School as part of a treat for Karis May Darling Foundation.

We also applaud the veterans at Thurrock Harriers, who, week in and week out, keep on rolling.

Labour had a candidate in Mike Le-Surf for South Basildon and East Thurrock

Grays Ath were in the news when the court case against their “Boss” Andy Swallow in relation to a charge of conspiring to commit violence collapsed. The manager, Hakan Heyrettin quit to move to Luton.

Ockendon resident, David Van Day appeared on Jeremy Kyle to tell him about his ‘Cocaine Hell”

The Horndon Feast and Fayre was another brilliant success.

Jackie Doyle-Price backed a referendum bill in the House of Commons.

Two men were arrested after a car-jacking in Purfleet left the driver with ‘life-changing” injuries.

Lakeside rebrands as intu Lakeside.

Basildon hospital still in news as death rated probed and then the Keogh Review places the hospital into special measures.

The great bin fiasco continued to rumble on.

HW Wilson were a company who fought a bitter battle with Thurrock Council to claim “unpaid bills”.

It was nice to hear the bells ring out to announce the birth of Prince George.

Thurrock resident (and journo) Paul Petersen spoke at Thurrock Council and posed a question whether the Mears Group were any better than Morrison at repairs to council properties.

Once again, T-Fest was very entertaining with stars such as Diana Vickers and Gareth Gates headlining.

Boris Johnson visited DP World. The visit made national news when his car was surrounded by union reps.

August

There was a tragic accident in the car park of the Fox pub in Orsett when an elderly lady was run over.

The Ockendon hub was hailed a big success.

A woman was struck by lightning in Belhus Woods.

Thurrock Rob continued to take a number of fascinating photographs around the borough.

Zero tolerance for bad employers says Polly.

A complaint was filed to Essex Police after a cllr Mark Coxshall made the remark “big fat gypsy cesspit” in a press release re a planning application.

The A13 Manorway roadworks were given residents sleepless nights.

UKIP’s head of policy and Aveley resident, Tim Aker was chosen as a European Election candidate.

There was much praise for Cedar Hall Clinics sponsorship of promising athletes.

Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions developed a range of sporting opportunities for their clients.

Veteran councillor, former principal of Thurrock College Diana Hale loses her battle with cancer. The tributes pour in.

September

YourThurrock celebrated its fifth anniversary!

A man was assaulted outside the Circus Tavern in what some claimed was connected to anger over the Lee Rigby murder.

Good work by Essex Police as a special court was set aside for the Lakeside Cruisers.

There was a by-election in Stifford Clays. Things got nasty when Labour alleged that the Tories were out in the ward soon after the death of Diana Hale.

A hoax bomb threat on a Friday night left the Dartford Crossing shut for several hours. Mayhem ensued and a man was detained under the Mental Health Act.

We always welcomed getting the monthly Bulphan WI report.

The Chafford Church continued to be an active and vibrant hub in the community.

Our “Good Doctor” Blogger said he had over 500 no shows a month in his two surgeries.

The Butts Lane planning development finally got the green light followed closely by the Aveley Firemans Club. The default position seemed to be that Thurrock needed to meet its target of 22,000 new homes.

Thurrock International Film Festival attracted budding film-makers from far and wide.

Myles Cook wrote his final blog for us.

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