IF YOU have ever wondered what marks out Cllr Yash Gupta from the other councillors,not only in Thurrock but all over the country then you simply need to go to his web page on the Thurrock Council website.
It is clear that the majority are simply out of their depth. Good people (mostly) but have it neither in their DNA nor the will-power to raise the game to face the challenges that the horrendous cuts will produce. They just about cut it in the good times but last night proved that as a group (with some noted individuals exempt) they were embarassingly and disgracefully out of their depth.
Nine of our members visited Millwood WI, in Woodham Ferrers, to hear about the Olympic site and 2 of our members visited Chafford WI to learn more about card-making and scrap-booking. We were made most welcome and learned a lot on both occasions. 6 of our members and 4 Orsett members manned the WI stall in the Hobbies and Handicrafts tent at the Orsett Show – there was lot of interest shown, and nationally WI membership is soaring.
THE WAR for planning powers and regenearation in the borough looks like it is over as the Coalition government announced today that all powers are to return to Thurrock Council.
And now Lakeside’s place in the top-four is under serious threat as Coventry moved to within two points of them, with a meeting-in-hand, as they won at Belle Vue.
AFTER ten weeks and 3000 hours of volunteering in Nigeria, 15 young people will have contributed another 3500 hours of voluntary service in Thurrock during their nine- week stay in the borough.
“On 26th January 2007 the Development Corporation met on site with the Mr Austen (Industrial Chemicals) and their planning agent Mr Pooley. At the meeting Mr Austen stated that his company had been approached by members of the Council’s cabinet and the mayor (cllr Joy Redsell).
They had apparently encouraged the company to develop a lorry park on the site.
The move by Thurrock Council has been roundly condemned by some councillors, who say the authority is penalising residents while letting visiting rogue lorry drivers go free.
The community efforts highlighted the impact flowers and plants can make to an area and many residents had made impressive statements with their gardens, window boxes and balconies.
232 people were caught in Grays, 93 in South Ockendon, 74 in Purfleet and 58 in Tilbury.
THE Royal Opera House is calling all singers in Thurrock to take part in Ludd and Isis, its community production that will open its new production workshop in Purfleet in December
Tea Avery, a tenant on the estate, organised the event in partnership with Thurrock Council’s Tenant Participation team, the Purfleet housing office, the Royal Opera House, Global Xchange and Family Mosaic to provide hours of fun and food on The Green.
Who better to explain this than Rev Alan Field who uses a wonderful analogy of shopping at Lakeside to explain how the Mardyke Churches are worshipping together.
THE VARIETY of acts at T-Fest was quite staggering. We only have a few films left in the locker but one of them was this short but wonderful piece by the Royal Opera House team.
A Freedom of Information Request to Thurrock Council revealed that:
“The budget for the Mayoral car and chauffeur costs in 2010/11 is £21,500. However, it should be noted that this budget supports both the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor.”
R3, the insolvency trade body, has published a ‘bankruptcy map’ which reveals that Thurrock had the third highest number of new personal insolvency cases. According to the survey, Thurrock had 338 new cases. Only Torbay and West Devon were higher.
“IMPLEMENTATION is the key to the work of the Regeneration Project in Thurrock” were the sage words by Chairman of the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Will Mckee CBE as he stood aloft the highest point in the £60 million Royal Opera House production park at a topping out ceremony. Mr McKee was joined by […]
WE HAVE to admit that we have a soft spot for historical re-enactment groups. It is the spirit of history. It is the dedication to preserving certain segments and corners of history.
“The Broken Economy” is the key feature of Jackie Doyle-Price’s maiden speech in the House of Commons.
The work of Lata Upadhyaya as part of Artifact should illuminate the borough. Working from a workshop in Grays, Lata supported by her husband Jonathan and a coterie of artists, they hope to encourage the idea of art inspiring the environment in Thurrock. Her work is wonderful. We spoke to Jonathan about the work and their hopes for the future.
On Monday, June 14, Priscilla Scamp was rearrested and subsequently charged with one count of murder. The 18-year-old unemployed woman from Centurion Way in Purfleet has been detained in police custody prior to her appearance at Basildon Magistrates Court on Wednesday, June 16.
If we do nothing then it will be built which will, Lower the value of your house, Spoil your community, Take away the safety of the flood plain, Damage the roads and reduce the safety when they have an alternative .
A powerful early meeting showing from the Hammers allowed them to see off Eastbourne and prevent some former team mates from tasting victory on Lakeside shale.
Run by Royal Opera House artists and professionals, these workshops are part of the preparation for the High House People’s Opera, a community project to celebrate the opening of the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Production Workshop in Purfleet in December.