Thurrock Council's Cabinet has agreed to invest £1million on a new 'Kerb It' initiative to protect grass verges in the borough and stop drivers parking inconsiderately at the roadside.
The funding was agreed at the Cabinet meeting last Wednesday (12 December) alongside the council's quarterly finance report.
The 'Kerb It' scheme will see new measures such as bollards and railings installed at locations in Aveley, South Ockendon, Stanford-le-Hope, Corringham and Tilbury to stop drivers from parking on footways, verges and grass areas.
Cabinet also agreed to spend:
- £500,000 to pick up on the outcomes of recent mental health and debt summits
- £750,000 on tackling anti-social behaviour, including the funding of police officers
- £500,000 to manage pressures on the schools' funding available to pay for pupils with special educational needs
Cllr Shane Hebb, Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for finance, said: "I am delighted that through our innovative approach and sound financial management, we are forecasting being in a very strong position not just for the remainder of this year, but for the foreseeable future and have achieved a balanced budget until well into the next decade.
"Better still, we also have a budget surplus, which means we are able to plough extra money back into important initiatives that will make a real difference to the borough and the lives of our residents."
Cllr Aaron Watkins, portfolio holder for environment and highways – who has pioneered the 'Kerb It' initiative – said: "The £1million investment in the new 'Kerb It' scheme will go a long way in preventing drivers from parking inconsiderately and dangerously at the roadside – something residents have made very clear they want stopped.
"Residents want their green spaces protected and this is us living up to our promises to do something about it.”