Second stage of clean-up operation completed

28 January 2022

On Saturday 22 January, Thurrock Council's Street Cleaning team and Community Safety Officers, in collaboration with Essex Police, completed the second stage of a clean-up operation in Grays to address residents' concerns of anti-social behaviour.

The teams focused on 2 areas – Orsett Road, behind Grays Baptist Church, and Bedford Road alleyway – which had been targeted by fly-tippers and other anti-social behaviour. Milton Road alleyway, just off Cromwell Road in Grays, will be completed in late February.

The operation is being funded by the Safer Streets fund – a grant of £625,000 awarded to Thurrock Council, Essex Police and the Fire and Crime Commission in August of last year after submitting a joint bid.

Leader of Thurrock Council and Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: "Our teams began this operation on 14 December 2021.

"Not only were these three identified areas an eyesore for residents, but it was also becoming a breeding ground for more anti-social behaviour.

"Our officers have worked hard to organise the much needed clean-up which will benefit our residents, whose well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

"Residents should feel proud of where they live and continue to enjoy and feel safe in Thurrock without nuisances caused by those that wish to disturb the peace of others.

"If you witness anti-social behaviour, I urge you to report it, not only for your benefit but for the benefit of your community, so that we can stamp out anti-social behaviour for good."

For more information on anti-social behaviour and how to report it, go to

Photo below: montage of the Street Cleaning Team and Community Safety Officers joined by Grays Beachcombers, a volunteer litter-picking group.