Eighteen of the 24 recycling centres in Essex and all the centres in Northamptonshire are reopening today after the coronavirus lockdown rules
Essex County Council said there'll be a one-in, one-out system at its 15 sites and social distancing measures will be in place.
Southend Borough Council is extending the opening times at the two tips it runs and Thurrock Council says only five cars will be allowed into its site at any one time with access via Linford only - with a stretch of Buckingham Hill Road closed during the day for the next month.
The nine sites in Northamptonshire will open at 10:00 but the county council is urging people to only visit them if absolutely necessary after long queues built up in other parts of the region last week.
Councillor Jason Smithers said police would be monitoring how busy the surrounding roads are.
Thurrock mayor to stay in post until 2021
Local Democracy Reporting Service
The mayor of Thurrock is to stay in post for another year after the council announced it would not hold its annual appointment meeting.
Conservative councillor Terry Piccolo's term of office, along with deputy mayor, councillor Sue Shinnick, was due to end in May when their successors would be announced, but due to the coronavirus pandemic this has been pushed back until May 2021.
A statement issued on behalf of all party leaders explained Thurrock Council did not have the technology to hold the meeting virtually and holding it in person would go against social distancing guidance.
The announcement comes after south Essex’s other unitary authority in Southend also agreed to extend the mayor's term in office for the first time since World War Two.
Road markings that thank NHS
Two rainbows to thank key workers have been painted on the road outside an Essex hospital.
Thurrock Council wanted to show its appreciation to the NHS, so had "Thank You NHS" painted outside Thurrock Community Hospital on Long Lane in Grays.
The work was carried out for free by Henderson & Taylor, it said.
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in East
BBC Look East
The number of people infected by the coronavirus continues to rise.
Public Health England released the latest figures last night, but they are only from hospital tests and are a few days behind.
They are as follows:
Hertfordshire - 480
Buckinghamshire - 195
Norfolk - 180
Northamptonshire - 187
Cambridgeshire - 141
Peterborough - 36
Suffolk - 125
Milton Keynes - 117
Central Bedfordshire - 81
Luton - 91
Bedford Borough Council - 60
Essex - 420
Southend-on-Sea - 44
Thurrock - 62
People seen 'climbing into play area'
Barriers, tape and padlocks have been removed from a play area that was cordoned off by a local authority.
Thurrock Council in Essex said it had reports that people were "climbing into these areas".
"This kind of behaviour puts the most vulnerable at risk and will only help spread the virus and possibly prolong restrictions," a spokesman said.
Council to give 'unprecedented' business rates break
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Thurrock Council has taken the "unprecedented" step of allowing businesses to defer their rate payments until May.
The Conservative-run council has chosen to give
businesses some relief from the tax as the country goes into lockdown
conditions with only essential firms such as supermarkets being permitted to
Shane Hebb, cabinet member for finance, said the council "will make sure that our local businesses get the
breathing space they need while the government’s plans are put in place".