News in Thurrock

RESIDENTS in the following Thurrock Council wards are reminded that it is their week for brown garden and kitchen waste collection.

The council is currenlty operating a fortnightly collection service and bins should be put out tomorrow (Monday, 25 may) in the following wards: Aveley and Uplands, Belhus, Chafford & North Stifford, Grays Thurrock, Grays Riverside, Little Thurrock Blackshots, Ockendon, South Chafford, Stifford Clays, West Thurrock & South Stifford.

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Thurrock Council's Conservative Cabinet has been bullish about its financial strategy engineered by Sean Clark (second right nearest camera).

A MAJOR investigation into the borrowing of Thurrock Council, which is more than one billion pounds in debt, has concluded local counciltaxpayers' cash could be in jeopardy – and slams the authority for a lack of transparency and honesty.

The Financial Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism have published reports today (Friday, 22 May), based on months of work trying to drill down into the true state of the borough's finances and how and why decisions were made. It follows an exclusive Thurrock Nub News story in January which broke details of the council's £1 billion borrowing.

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Cash will be available to get local shopping centres open safely

THURROCK Council has been given £155,810 to help get the borough's high streets back in business.

The announcement was made today (Sunday, 24 May) by High Streets Minister Simon Clarke and the cash is meant to help councils support practical measures so businesses can re-open quickly when they are allowed to, staff get back to work and customers return to shops confident it is safe.

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AFTER a number of streets were left out of Thurrock Council's regular waste collecting rounds on Friday, the authority has asked residents to put their bins out on Monday (25 May), despite it being a bank holiday.

A statement from the council says: "Nine streets in Grays have not had their general waste collected and 39 streets in Aveley, Chafford Hundred and Grays have not had their recycling collected.

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IN the wake of news reports about the state of Thurrock Council's borrowing situation and much comment in the world of finance about the risk Thurrock Council may be in, a call has been made for an extraordinary meeting of the council to discuss the subject and hold officers and councillors to public account.

Cllr John Kent, leader of Thurrock Labour Group, says: "Local residents will be shocked that a local council can run up such a level of debt in such a short time without proper oversight by councillors.

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PATIENTS recovering from cancer in the region should not have to visit hospital as much as in the past following the roll-out of a new 'at home' programme.

The Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust which was formed in April following the merger of Basildon & Thurrock, Broomfield (Chelmsford) and Southend Hospitals Trusts, has commissioned a web portal that will allow patients to benefit from "personalised care packages" after they have been treated for breast, colorectal or prostate cancer.

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