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
- in the 40 days up to 13 January, 497 notices had been issued across the borough
- these notices totalled £37,250, of which £20,700 has already been paid
- our enforcement service is paid for from the fines we receive
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
- we're working to protect our green spaces with barriers, fences and gates
We're making sure our green spaces are clean and tidy, with trees and shrubs well-maintained and the grass cut regularly. Grass in our parks, open spaces and along the verges of our main roads, gets cut every 15 working days.
Our increase in grass cutting over summer and autumn last year meant that an extra 3,000 acres were cut – that's 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.
Separately, we're being funded to test new technology that will map all the roads in the borough and alert us when potholes appear. Read more about this pioneering highways scheme awarded to Thurrock.
Don't forget, you can still report potholes online:
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