Fund to help family of boy who died at Lakeside

Fund to help family of boy who died at Lakeside

MORE than £2,000 has been raise to help the family of a teenage boy who died at West Thurrock’s Alexandra Lake. Though no official annoucement has been made by the police or coroner’s office, the boy has been named as Asyer Daley from Tilbury on social media with a fundraising appeal endorsed by his family. […]

Grays benches thank the NHS heroes

Grays benches thank the NHS heroes

THE Riverside Community Big Local has commissioned a number of benches to thank our NHS workers – and other volunteers – for all they have done to keep our communities as safe and well as possible during the Coronavirus crisis. Chair of the Riverside Community Big Local, Andy Blakey, said; “We have all been humbled […]

Sixty-seven Pizza Express restaurants to close across Britain with up to 1,100 jobs at risk

Sixty-seven Pizza Express restaurants to close across Britain with up to 1,100 jobs at risk

PIZZA Express today revealed it could shut 67 of its UK restaurants with up to 1,100 jobs at risk as it becomes the latest business devastated by coronavirus. The 55-year-old company, owned by Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital, has debts of £735million and has put itself up for sale after bringing in experts. Bosses […]

Dog Trust issues reassurance over coronavirus

Dog Trust issues reassurance over coronavirus

DOGS Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is issuing advice to reassure owners around coronavirus transmission and dogs following recent media coverage. There remains no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) being transmitted from dogs to people. The main source of infection is human-to-human transmission. However, just like human hands, it is possible for […]

Two Thurrock projects to receive share of £85 million to support economic recovery and create over 9,000 new jobs

Two Thurrock projects to receive share of £85 million to support economic recovery and create over 9,000 new jobs

THE final list of 34 projects that will receive funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (SELEP)£85 million share of the Government’s new Getting Building Fund has been announced.   The projects include: Grays Shopping Centre: Upgrade of electrical infrastructure to support redesign of shopping centre, improving resilience of retail offer and facilitating provision […]

Thurrock Council still failing to answer questions about Collins House care home in Corringham

Thurrock Council still failing to answer questions about Collins House care home in Corringham

IN MAY, we asked Thurrock Council a number of questions regarding a care home in their charge, Collins House in Corringham. We first started researching the piece back in April. At the time, there were concerns (in care homes all over the country) regarding residents returning from hospital without being tested for Covid-19. There were […]

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action continues to support residents

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action continues to support residents

FROM Saturday 1 August, the Government paused shielding, and instead is advising that vulnerable residents should follow strict social distancing measures. Food parcels provided by the government, as well as the requirement for local authorities to fill any gaps, will stop. Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA), a partnership led by Thurrock Council with Stronger Together […]

Virtual degree showcase for University Centre

Virtual degree showcase for University Centre

Virtual degree showcase for University Centre UNIVERSITY Centre South Essex students have created a virtual exhibition to showcase their degree work. Third year students studying creative degrees would normally host live exhibitions in the summer term for their final major projects but this had to be cancelled this year because of COVID-19 so they came […]

Developer warns children where not to go “site” seeing this summer

Developer warns children where not to go “site” seeing this summer

NEW homes developments under construction may look like exciting places to explore, but the developer is warning children and their parents that they can be extremely hazardous. Simon Francis, Managing Director and Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames, said: “Developers like ourselves are building more new homes at sites all over the country, but […]

P&O Ferrymasters commences operations at DP World London Gateway

P&O Ferrymasters commences operations at DP World London Gateway

P&O Ferrymasters, one of the leading European providers of tailor-made transportation and logistics services, took occupation of the 231,000 sq ft (21,460 m²) distribution centre space on practical completion of the building on 27 July 2020. The company was able to set up business immediately to manage and operate the new distribution centre, allowing it to meet increased market demand for […]

Over the border: Operator of waste facility in Basildon goes into administration

Over the border: Operator of waste facility in Basildon goes into administration

OPERATOR of Tovi waste facility enters administrative receivership but waste collections to continue as normal The operator of the Tovi Eco Park facility in Basildon has entered into administrative receivership, the Council has been informed. The facility’s operator had already, from Monday, 29 June, suspended all deliveries of waste into the facility. Since then, instead […]

Chadwell St Mary: Number of vehicles alight at industrial yard

Chadwell St Mary: Number of vehicles alight at industrial yard

ESSEX Firefighters were called to a fire at an industrial estate in Chadwell St Mary early this morning (Monday 3 August). When firefighters arrived at the scene on St John’s Road, they reported that a number of vehicles (including cars, lorries and diggers) plus a portable cabin was alight in the yard of the industrial […]

New homes to get ‘automatic’ permission in planning shake-up

New homes to get ‘automatic’ permission in planning shake-up

NEW homes and hospitals will be granted “automatic” permission to be built as part of sweeping planning reforms in England, the housing secretary says. Robert Jenrick announced a “permission in principle” will be given to developments on land designated “for renewal” to speed-up building. It comes after the PM pledged £5bn to “build, build, build” […]

1550 children step their cycling up a gear, Thanks to Bikeability

1550 children step their cycling up a gear, Thanks to Bikeability

NEW figures released by the Bikeability Trust show a positive picture of children being offered cycling training in Thurrock. 1550 children in Thurrock took part in Bikeability cycle training from April 2019 – April 2020. The Department for Transport funded programme has been delivered to over 3.5million children in England since 2007 and proven to […]

Lakeside: Police suspend search for missing boy

Lakeside: Police suspend search for missing boy

POLICE Officers searching for the missing 15-year old boy at Alexandra Lake, Thurrock have suspended their search following the discovery of a body. It was discovered shortly after 12.40pm. The family have been informed that the search has been suspended. Formal identification will take place in due course. Superintendent Craig Saunders said: “I want to thank […]

Search for missing teenager in water at Lakeside

Search for missing teenager in water at Lakeside

Update: 1030 hrs OFFICERS are continuing the search this morning for a 15-year old boy who was reported missing last night, Friday 31 July.  We were called at around 8.50pm to reports that a teenager had gone missing in the lake.  Superintendent Craig Saunders said: “Our investigation has identified that he was last seen at […]

Bellway creates new community on brownfield site in Grays

Bellway creates new community on brownfield site in Grays

A BROWNFIELD site in Grays has been transformed into a vibrant new community by Bellway. All 102 homes at Devonshire Place in Devonshire Road have been sold. Most of the new neighbours have already moved in, with the final few to follow in the coming months as construction work is completed. Homes at Devonshire Place […]

Trainee teacher applications surge by 65% in England

Trainee teacher applications surge by 65% in England

FEARS of a faltering jobs market has sparked an unprecedented rush of people signing up to become teachers, which could wipe out England’s deficit in classroom staff for the first time in eight years reports The Guardian. Figures released by Ucas, the university admissions network, showed more than 21,000 graduates had applied to teacher training […]

Large grass fire in Grays

Large grass fire in Grays

ESSEX Firefighters were called to a large grass fire in Grays last night (Thursday 30 July). When fire crews arrived at the incident, they reported that the fire had spread to approximately 20 acres of grass. Firefighters worked hard in hot conditions to get the fire surrounded. The fire was extinguished by 10:20pm. The cause […]