School building in Thurrock on the march!

Around £2 million is to be spent on a new dedicated early years and foundation stage block at Stifford Primary in Parker Road, Grays. The development also includes three new classrooms to bring the school up to the required amount of teaching room for its published numbers and provide an enclosed courtyard as safe, outside learning space for Year 1 children.

Council reveals list of top earners

Local authorities have always published lists of top earners in their annual accounts, but the government wants more detail made public. The list of 19 includes the Chief Executive, directors and heads of service, giving their name, job title, service area and – in all but one case – the salary within a £5,000 range.

Asbo served on Thurrock dentist

Stanford-le-Hope dentist given asbo after neighbours “sick to the back teeth” of behaviour for years. The ASBO bans her from talking to her neighbours, trespassing on their property including littering and interfering with the fence. It also prevents her making any noise which can be heard next door between 11pm and 6am. If any of the conditions are broken it could lead to arrest, prosecution and a prison term.

February Half Term – Youth Activities

CHILDREN and young people will be kept busy this month, with a range of activities taking place in the half term across Thurrock.

If it’s football you’re looking for, Chelsea FC Foundation is running a soccer school at William Edwards for ages from three to15. Another soccer school will be taking place at Quarry Hill Primary School, run by Star Sports and Soccer.

Apprenticeship week launch at Park Inn

To book your FREE place, please email your contact details to: or call 01375 413015. This event is an informal opportunity to find out about how an apprentice for your organisation can enable your company to build your workforce for the future. A 16-18 year old apprentice would cost your business £95per week and the training is free.

Classy fundraising event

On Friday the school helped raise funds as Oliver has been accepted for an operation in the United States where he would have to stay for around a month. Pupils came to class dressed as everything from cowboys to nurses. Oliver’s family is trying to raise £40,000 before April for the trip and op which will release the tension in his legs so that he may not need a wheelchair as he grows older.

Computer Love

A film commissioned last year by Thurrock Council with money from the Government’s Local Area Agreement has been acclaimed at an international film festival. Computer Love, a dance film by Southend-based video artist David Valentine won a special mention by the judges at the IDN festival in Barcelona – the world’s biggest digital dance festival.

Council: Let’s talk in Tilbury

Tilbury is hosting the third Thurrock’s Future — Let’s Talk evening where residents can talk with and question senior politicians and officers of the council. The event will be held at Lansdowne School in Lansdowne Road, starting at 7pm sharp and running for 90 minutes on Thursday, 3 March.

Leaders link to fight crossing plan

“The proposal as it stands would see marshland and countryside of international scientific importance sacrificed and rural life threatened on both sides of the river. I am very pleased that we can stand alongside Thurrock Council to fight the scheme. This is an issue which transcends mere party politics because it is about defending local communities and goes to the very heart of the Localism Agenda itself. The views of the people most affected and their elected representatives must be sought and taken fully into account.”

Transport plan moving forward

The Strategic Environmental Assessment for Thurrock‘s first Local Transport Plan Implementation Plan, aims to: Identify alternative options for delivering sustainable transport improvements in Thurrock; Identify and describe the environmental, social and economic effects of alternative options.

Get the feel good factor!

Choose from a range of activities on the day – pedal up your own healthy snack on the Smoothie Bike, relax with a free reflexology taster with Holistic Therapist Maureen Huelin, join in with Thurrock’s own Wii Fit club and even borrow and chat to a Living Book – a real person with a real experience of a particular mental health issue.

Thurrock Fostering Information Evening

Being a carer for Thurrock means you will be fully supported from the time of enquiry and throughout your fostering career. There are lots of opportunities for training and a great selection of courses. Carers also have the full support of their own social worker on a day to day basis and access to a duty team for out of hours enquiries as well as the support foster carers provide to each other.

Thurrock ‘most improved’ GCSEs

The Department for Education said on Wednesday (12 January): “Southwark, Thurrock and Westminster are the most improved local authorities in terms of percentage of pupils achieving five GCSE (or GCSE or equivalent) passes at A* to C including English and mathematics from 2007 to 2010.”

Council boss welcomes plan to lift Dartford Toll barriers

“However, I am cautious about this. When the government announced rises in the tolls they promised that the money would be ring-fenced to crossing improvements and they’ve gone back on their word there. “They also said there would be a public consultation into the rises launched by the end of 2010. We’re now ten days into 2011 and there is still no consultation.”

Swopshop time with unwanted Christmas gifts

If unwanted presents, toys, books, kitchenware, old keyboards or electrical appliances permanently clutter your cupboards, this is a chance to clean them out, and possibly get something you actually need in return. Give and Take Days are a community waste exchange events organised to promote the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.

Childcare at top of council agenda

The meetings will be at Thursday, 13 January, at the Thameside Children Centre, Manor Road, Grays, between 8.15am and 10am; Wednesday, 19 January, at the Beacon Children’s Centre, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, between 9am and 11.30am; Saturday, 22 January, at Purfleet Primary School, Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, between 10am and 2pm; and Wednesday, 26 January, at the Flag Ship Children’s Centre, London Road, Tilbury, from 4pm until 6pm.