News in Thurrock

Stephen Metcalfe was not swayed by Dominc Cummings' press conference yesterday.

EAST Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe has called on government advisor Dominic Cummings to quit after failing to be won over by yesterday's (Monday, 25 May) TV broadcast when the beleaguered pal of Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced journalists over his perceived breach of social distancing guidelines.

Mr Cummings drove 260 miles to County Durham with his young son and wife to be near relatives when his wife developed coronavirus symptoms.

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FOLLOWING the announcement yesterday by PM Boris Johnson that non essential shops will be allowed to open from 15 of June – the region's biggest shopping centre, intu Lakeside, has announced what its stores will be doing to meet safety demands.

It includes placing limits on the number of people and cars allowed into the centre at a time, with some parking bays closed, and there will be a raft of other measures including one-way systems, floor stickers and staff training to ensure visitors stay socially distanced.

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RESIDENTS of Tilbury will be able to pay their respects to one of the town's most popular figures today (Tuesday, 26 May) when the funeral cortege of Peter Hewitt MBE leaves his home.

Peter died in the early hours of Thursday, 7 May), passing away peacefully at Basildon Hospital after a lengthy battle with illness. His death prompted a host of messages of sympathy and many stories about him as people from across Thurrock remembered his work for the Tilbury community.

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Cllr Rob Gledhill, right, has welcomed Simon Clarke's government initiative to get cash flowing in the high streets again.

THE leader of Thurrock Council has welcome intervention and financial aid from the government as it seeks to help local shops reopen as coronavirus lockdown guidance is eased.

As reported yesterday on Thurrock Nub News, following an announcement by shopping minister Simon Clarke, Thurrock has been given £155,810 to help get the borough's high streets back in business.

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A FORMER gravel quarry which was then used for landfill and contains a host of dangerous materials will be restored and become part of Thurrock's designated open spaces if a plan put to Thurrock Council is approved.

The land, to the north of Stifford Road and west of Fulbrook Lane at South Ockendon was infilled with commercial, industrial and domestic waste from 1957 until 1967.

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