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Leader thanks police for swift action on pony and trap racers

24 August 2020
A potential pony and trap race on the Manorway at Coryton was stopped in its tracks by Essex Police this morning.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "I am pleased that Essex Police took prompt action this morning to stop the disruption caused by those who think Thurrock roads are a race track.

Joint operation leads to prosecution for unauthorised waste site

19 August 2020
The owners of a skip hire business face prosecution from the Environment Agency following a joint official inspection visit last week.
Thurrock Council Environmental Enforcement team joined colleagues from the Environment Agency, Metropolitan Police and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for an official inspection visit to a site in South Ockendon that was suspected of being used to process waste illegally.

Council steps in to halt unauthorised work

15 May 2020
Thurrock Council has taken decisive action to halt unapproved work which was taking place in Biggin Lane, Grays, with officers issuing a Temporary Stop Notice to site operators today (Friday 15 May). It follows a multi-agency investigation, which has been on-going since early March, to tackle issues at the site and prevent operators removing sand without permission.

Council named as finalist in prestigious awards

17 December 2019
Thurrock Council has been recognised for its positive work in the fight against environmental crime by being shortlisted for a national award.
The council's environmental enforcement team was recently announced as a finalist for Environmental Team of the Year in the prestigious Keep Britain Tidy Awards 2020. Nominations in this category champion a team that:

Council intervenes following Fixed Penalty Notices error

14 June 2019
Thurrock Council has taken strong action against a third-party contractor after they issued Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to residents and businesses containing errors, insisting they take swift action and ensure they contact everyone affected immediately.
Within 24 hours of being notified, the council called in a senior officer from the contractor demanding an explanation and, as a consequence, is taking action against them for breach of contract. The council also made the decision to withdraw the affected notices.

Public protection and anti-social behaviour successes

31 January 2019
n his first report as portfolio holder for public protection and anti-social behaviour, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill outlined a number of successes achieved over the last year.
The newly-created portfolio covers a wide range of services including:
public protection
anti-social behaviour (ASB)
environmental enforcement
Thurrock Community Safety Partnership
CCTV
Major successes include:

Drones to be used in the fight against environmental crime

24 January 2019
Thurrock Council will use aerial imagery from drones to help in tackling environmental crime in Thurrock.
The council will use the drones, otherwise known as unmanned aerial systems (UAS), to assist with crime prevention and to investigate crimes, as well as for site surveys and other appropriate aerial photography work.
All drone flights will be risk assessed, follow strict Civil Aviation Authority-approved procedures and be operated by qualified UAS pilots. Strict controls will also be in place to protect the safety and privacy of residents.