We want Thurrock to be a place that everyone is proud to call home, so we're making an extra effort to:
- clean it – clearing litter from our streets
- cut it – cutting the grass more often
- fill it – repairing roads that have potholes
We've provided more street cleaners to help keep the borough litter-free. They are out with their barrows, sweeping and litter-picking, making sure all streets get cleaned every 10 days. In Grays Town Centre, street cleaners are working every weekday from 6am to 6pm.
We've also put 10 'big belly bins' around the borough. These litter bins are solar-powered and can compress the waste inside, making more room. When a bins gets full it sends us a message, telling us we need to empty it.
Between April and October 2017, we collected nearly 1,050 tonnes of rubbish – a weight equivalent to 150 African elephants.
Littering and dog fouling offences are now tackled by even more enforcement officers:
- you could get an £80 fixed penalty notice (FPN) or be taken to court and fined up to £2,500
- more than 2,600 notices were issued between December 2016 and September 2017
Dropping cigarette butts is a type of littering and could also get you an £80 penalty.
Always fully extinguish cigarettes before putting them in the bin. You can get free help to stop smoking.
You risk an £80 fine if you drop litter.
Last summer we increased how often we cut the grass in parks, open spaces and verges of main roads to every 15 working days.
This year we have invested in new cutting equipment that's more efficient and reliable – which means more time in our parks and less time in the workshop.
As well as replacing old equipment, there will also be extra tractors and mowers to help us keep to schedule.
Between April and October 2017, we cut 9,200 acres of grass – almost twice the size of Windsor Great Park.
In April 2017, the government increased our annual pothole action funding from £110,000 to £153,000. Every major pothole – at least 5cm deep – will be filled.
We also received £481,000 from the government's National Productivity Investment Fund for important upgrade and improvement work to roads in the borough.
Between April and October 2017, we filled more than 4,100 potholes.
Don't forget, you can still report potholes online: