Crime blitz is waste of time – residents

5:30am Wednesday 25th May 2011

A FOUR-month blitz to cut crime and improve life for residents has been branded a waste of time.

Parking Southernhay layby is spoiling our trade, say Basildon cabbies

5:40am Friday 15th April 2011

TAXI drivers say enough is still not being done to stop motorists blocking off a layby they use to pick up customers using a supermarket.

Award honour, but hero cop ‘made to retire’

Thurrock Gazette: Princess Anne confers an OBE on Ivor MacGregor

4:00am Saturday 2nd April 2011

A HERO cop who put his life on the line to save Princess Anne from an attempted armed kidnap, has claimed he has been forced to retire from the force.

Build a multi-storey in the heart of Leigh

Thurrock Gazette: Concerns – Leigh councillors Caroline Parker and Margaret Cotgrove, with residents, worried about the future of Leigh community centre

1:00am Sunday 20th March 2011

A MULTI-STOREY car park should be built in Leigh town centre, the leader of Southend Council says.

Threat to council funding from new homes incentive

10:10am Tuesday 21st December 2010

BASIC funding could be cut for councils in Essex if they refuse to accept money to build new homes, it has been claimed.

Dartford Crossing tolls to rise to £2.50

4:52pm Wednesday 20th October 2010

TOLLS at the Dartford Crossing are set to rise to £2.50 per journey from 2012.

Names released of two found dead in suspected chemical suicide

4:00pm Tuesday 21st September 2010

A man and a woman were found dead in a car today in a suspected incident involving the deadly chemical hydrogen sulphide.

Wobbly Francesca walks on with wit

Thurrock Gazette: ‘Wobbly Girl’ – Francesca Martinez will perform at Village Green on Saturday

3:03pm Tuesday 21st September 2010

You won’t find a chip on Francesca Martinez’ shoulder, no matter how much you look.

Passengers feared terror attack on Stansted flight

9:51am Tuesday 21st September 2010

PASSENGERS on a flight to Stansted feared they were being targeted by terrorists when their plane filled up with smoke.

Former Essex cricketer Mervyn Westfield charged over conspiracy claim

Thurrock Gazette: Mervyn Westfield - charged over conspiracy claims

11:49am Thursday 16th September 2010

A FORMER Essex County cricketer was accused of fraud today over claims he deliberately played poorly. The Crown Prosecution Service said Mervyn Westfield had been charged with conspiracy to defraud.

Bid to keep axe from falling on vital A12 patrol

4:00pm Tuesday 7th September 2010

THE chairman of Essex Police Authority has called for a unique patrol on one of the country’s worst roads to be saved.

Tube strike hits Essex commuters

11:51am Tuesday 7th September 2010

COMMUTERS faced travel misery as a strike by rail workers caused major disruption to London Underground services.

Is Essex County Council’s ambitious IT project on hold?

9:00am Thursday 26th August 2010

MYSTERY surrounds the future of a scheme designed to save millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.

Kings of Leon set V Festival alight

Thurrock Gazette: Kings of Leon on stage

7:21pm Saturday 21st August 2010

HEADLINERS KINGS of Leon helped set Chelmsford's V Festival alight as tens of thousands of music fans descended on the musical extravaganza in Hylands Park.

Thousands at Chelmsford V Festival

2:58pm Saturday 21st August 2010

ESSEX'S biggest festival, V, brought thousands of music fans to Chelmsford for the weekend.

Passengers fume over rail fare rise

2:40pm Wednesday 18th August 2010

RAIL commuters face the prospect of at least a 5.8 per cent price rise in season tickets in the new year following yesterday’s inflation figures.

Have your say on Essex fire service cuts

Thurrock Gazette: Survey – Essex’s deputy chief fire officer Gordon Hunter reviews the questionnaire online

7:50am Friday 6th August 2010

THE people of Essex can have their say on the future of fire stations, firefighters and fire engines in the county as the fire service braces itself for major cuts to its funding.

Dad fined for driving with toddler on lap

11:39am Tuesday 27th July 2010

A DAD caught driving with a toddler on his lap has been slapped with a £60 fine. The motorist was snared by traffic cops in South Woodham Ferrers with the child perched dangerously on his lap sat behind the wheel. The youngster was also not wearing a seatbelt.

Care home satisfied with £1million payout

9:00am Tuesday 27th July 2010

A CARE homes firm which has had to pay out nearly £1million to staff following a pay dispute said it was satisfied with the compromise agreement Excelcare agreed to pay £983,000 to 115 care workers as a tribunal loomed over claims by unions Unison and GMB they were unfairly sacked.

County has high number of kids who need support

9:40am Monday 26th July 2010

ESSEX has one of the highest numbers of pupils with special educational needs in the country with boys almost three times more likely to have behavioural problems than girls, new figures show.

Toll-free crossing to ease jams?

Thurrock Gazette: Notorious – long queues regularly hold up traffic at the crossing

9:40am Sunday 25th July 2010

TOLL booth barriers at the Dartford Crossing could be lifted at peak times, the Department for Transport has said.

County gets a new boss for children’s unit

Thurrock Gazette: Taking over – Dave Hill

7:40am Sunday 25th July 2010

A NEW director will be taking over the troubled children’s services at Essex County Council as the department looks to appoint 40 foreign social workers.

Essex fire dispute goes on after union chiefs refuse to sign agreement

1:20pm Wednesday 21st July 2010

A SINGLE paragraph has halted a long-awaited agreement between fire chiefs and union officials at the last minute.

Private firm may take over county roads

10:30am Wednesday 21st July 2010

A PRIVATE firm could be given a contract worth up to £3billion to oversee Essex’s entire road network.

£1 million payout for Essex care home staff

1:55pm Tuesday 20th July 2010

FORMER staff at 10 care homes across Essex have been given a £1 million payout.

Essex County Council chiefs 'should take pay cut'

1:39pm Tuesday 20th July 2010

A TORY MP says officers at the Conservative-run Essex County Council should take a pay cut.

Bank buys Great Leighs racecourse

6:00pm Wednesday 14th July 2010

A redundant racecourse has been bought by its main creditor.

Police close A12 after rush hour collision

9:27am Monday 12th July 2010

TWO air ambulance doctors were sent to a crash on the A12 this morning.

Thousands employed in tourist industry in Essex seaside towns

Thurrock Gazette: Thriving – Southend’s seafront helps to keep 3,400 employed

8:00am Tuesday 29th June 2010

ESSEX’S main seaside resorts are thriving when it comes to the number of people being employed in the tourism industry.

Pledge to maintain bobbies on beat

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd June 2010

THE head of Essex Police Authority has said more backroom jobs may have to go.

Essex Uni staff fear jobs axe

Thurrock Gazette: Campus campaign – Bob Watt at the spending cuts protest at Essex University

2:30pm Wednesday 23rd June 2010

ANY higher education cuts in today’s emergency Budget will mean less choice for students and could cost jobs, academics have warned.

Dartford toll booths may go to cut queues

7:20am Wednesday 23rd June 2010

TOLL barriers at the Dartford Crossing could be removed in a bid to stop daily road chaos.

Fears over frontline services as axe falls at County Hall

Thurrock Gazette: Top earner – Joanna Killian, whose salary as chief executive of Essex County Council is thought to be between £240,000 and £250,000

6:00am Wednesday 23rd June 2010

ESSEX County Council had tough choices to make when it decided it needed to slash spending.

A12 pothole chaos - more delays expected

10:49am Tuesday 22nd June 2010

Commuters can expect more delays on the A12.

Disappointment at Banking on Essex’s lending

9:00am Tuesday 18th May 2010

Only ten businesses have benefited since the launch of the Bank of Essex last year, it has emerged.

Firm may pull plug on Grand pub revamp over terrace ban

3:00am Sunday 16th May 2010

THE rebirth of one of Leigh’s most iconic buildings could be in jeopardy after Southend Council hit owners with a “deal-breaking” planning clause.

Help us light up the whole of our hospice

Thurrock Gazette: Give us light – hospice fundraisers Anita Whelan and Allison Jones

4:00am Saturday 15th May 2010

THEY’VE been offering a beam of hope to patients and their families for 20 years and now fundraisers at St Luke’s Hospice are preparing to literally light up their building.

We’ve got our post box back!

Thurrock Gazette: In the bag –  Marwin Bazi and Carol Franklin, with the newly-restored

1:30am Saturday 15th May 2010

RESIDENTS and businesses are celebrating the return of their local post box.

Dad on shortlist for role in Toy Story 3

Thurrock Gazette: Matt Broughton

10:32am Friday 14th May 2010

A TALENTED dad has almost bagged a cameo role in one of the most eagerly-anticipated films of the year.

Woman wins parking appeal at no-go zone

4:10am Friday 14th May 2010

A WOMAN has won her challenge against a parking ticket issued at a spot where unsuspecting motorists are being snared by traffic wardens after a controversial rule change.

United against new homes proposals

Thurrock Gazette: Opposition – objectors who are fighting the core strategy proposals at the inquiry

3:00am Friday 14th May 2010

“WE cannot cope” – that was the message families across the Rochford district battling to stop thousands of new homes being built in their towns and villages have sent to officials.

No second runway: Good for residents, bad for business

5:31pm Thursday 13th May 2010

THE new government's opposition to a second runway at Stansted is an "absolute blow" for businesses in the region, it has been claimed.

Sneak thieves in Shoebury target 98 cars in 2 months

1:00am Thursday 13th May 2010

THIEVES have plundered almost 100 cars in Shoebury in just two months, stealing property worth thousands of pounds Police believe opportunists who creep up driveways and try the doors of parked cars are to blame for 98 reported incidents.

Top carer Kirsty in running for award

Thurrock Gazette: Kirsty Brown

3:00am Tuesday 11th May 2010

A DEDICATED daughter who has looked after her disabled mum for more than a decade has been named the top carer in the South East.

Essex cops are voted the best in the country

3:00pm Saturday 24th April 2010

ESSEX Police are the best in the country when it comes to addressing the public’s concerns.

Plans to beat strike threat by firefighters

3:36pm Wednesday 21st April 2010

THE fire service has launched a strike contingency plan after talks with the union broke down again.

Council axes welfare advice centre funding

12:30pm Wednesday 7th April 2010

COLCHESTER Council is to axe funding for a centre where residents can get confidential advice on health.

47 years in a very Special calling

Thurrock Gazette: Long-serving – Essex Special Constabulary boss George Cook is retiring after 47 years

4:20am Wednesday 7th April 2010

RESPECT, dignity and politeness are things you need to be a good police officer, George Cook says. After 47 years in the Essex Special Constabulary, he should know.

Close zoos, says Essex Labour MP Angela Smith

Thurrock Gazette: Mark Rivers - king of Colchester zoo

9:16am Sunday 4th April 2010

THE Government said it has no plans to ban zoos after a minister said there should be a national debate on their closure. Basildon MP Angela Smith, who is charities minister, denounced zoos as "relics of the Victorian era" and said it was "inappropriate to keep wild animals in captivity in this way".

Fire chief hits out at ‘botched’ 999 shake-up

3:27pm Friday 2nd April 2010

THE boss of Essex’s fire brigade has hit out at the Government’s botched plan to axe the county’s emergency control room.

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