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 with potholes
We've provided more street cleaners to help keep the borough litter-free. They will be 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.
Littering and dog fouling offences are now tackled by even more enforcement officers:
- you could receive a £75 fixed penalty notice or be taken to court and fined up to £2,500
- 939 notices have been issued across the borough during the 103 days up to 19 March
Dropping cigarette butts is a type of littering and could also get you a £75 penalty. Always fully extinguish cigarettes before putting them in the bin. You can get free help to stop smoking.
You risk a £75 fine if you drop litter.
Fly-tipping offences are also being targeted.
Even small-scale fly-tipping could cost you a £400 fine. You can dispose of large objects responsibly by:
- booking a bulky waste collection
- taking them to the Linford Civic Amenity Site ('the tip')
- contacting The Re-use Partnership (TRUP)
- hiring a waste removal service – you could be fined if they fly-tip your waste, so check they're registered first by going to GOV.UK: public register for environmental information
Large-scale fly-tipping is a crime. If you see it happening or find rubbish that has been dumped, please report it to us – the more information you can provide, the more likely it is we'll get a successful prosecution.
Last summer and autumn we increased how often we cut the grass in parks, open spaces and verges of main roads to every 15 working days. This meant the equivalent of an extra 3,000 acres was cut – the same area as 93 intu Lakeside shopping centres.
We filled more than 9,000 potholes in Thurrock between early summer and the end of 2016. That's over 4 times the target set by government for the whole year... and we won't stop there.
In April 2017, the government is increasing our annual funding for pothole repairs from £110,000 to £153,000. Every major pothole – at least 5cm deep – will be filled.
Don't forget, you can still report potholes online:
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