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Joint bid to make Thurrock's streets safer

17 March 2021

Thurrock Council, Essex Police and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex are working together on a bid to help make Thurrock's streets safer and cleaner.

A joint application to the government's £45million Safer Streets Fund will seek funding to increase CCTV capability in and around Grays High Street, increase street lighting in areas where criminals operate covertly due to the lack of light within the street. The fund will also be used to increase the capacity of the council's Environmental Enforcement team, which enforces Public Space Protection Orders and plays a significant role in stopping anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Rob Gledhill, Council Leader and Cabinet member for public protection and anti-social behaviour, said: "This is an excellent example of joined up working between Thurrock Council, Essex Police and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, which will benefit Thurrock's law abiding residents.

"If successful, this funding will help to make Thurrock a safer and cleaner place by improving the current crime prevention measures we have in place, strengthening the protection we give to our residents and supporting the work that our local police force already does.

"Our Environmental Enforcement team will also be supported by this fund. In 2020, they served a total of 52 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to members of the public that breached the Grays Public Space Protection Order, and issued 119 warnings. This is on top of around 4,000 FPNs issued for anti-social behaviour and environmental crime throughout the whole borough.

"By working together like this we can do more to keep our borough's streets and homes safe, create an environment which prevents criminals from operating and stops those who seek to commit acts of anti-social behaviour in their tracks."

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: "Safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build wellbeing and prosperity for all. By working in partnership, we can provide the infrastructure to give criminals no space to thrive and help our residents feel safer. I'm pleased we can work with Thurrock Council on this bid as it clearly demonstrates our joint commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour and protecting vulnerable people, both key priorities in our Police and Crime Plan."