'Clean It, Cut It' continues to excel across Thurrock, while sports and the environment are at the forefront of upcoming change.
Achievements outlined by Cllr Aaron Watkins, Cabinet member for environment, sport and leisure, in his report to Council on Wednesday 24 October, include:
- investment in parks which has seen the creation of the Parks Engagement Team and the installation of new sports and play equipment
- a new replacement tree policy which commits to replacing trees on public land which are felled, 32 new trees planted this year, 34 more to be planted this autumn and plans to replace nine lost in recent storms
- continued improvements across 'Clean It', to keep pushing for improved scores, while Keep Britain Tidy continues to praise Thurrock for its cleanliness
- improved bin collections, which have seen targets of 98.5% of bins collected on time achieved consistently this financial year
- £3million improvements set for the Household Waste and Recycling Centre with plans for major redevelopment of the site under way
- cemetery standards increased with complaints down year-on-year
- working with Cllr Rob Gledhill on a re-invigorated Enforcement Team, which has been working to reduce fly-tipping and littering
- a new sports strategy is under way, working with national sports partners and coming in early 2020
Progress made on reducing pollution includes:
- replacing over 100 vehicles across the council's fleet with vehicles that have the cleanest emission technology for standard vehicles available at time of purchase
- delivering a programme of walking and cycling infrastructure improvement
- the introduction of weight restrictions to keep HGVs away from homes and communities
- delivering and leading the way on greener regeneration with the redevelopment of the Civic Offices
Cllr Watkins said: "Thurrock Council continues to strive with Clean It, Cut It. We know the importance of improving air quality and we are redeveloping our Air Quality and Health Strategy, helping to make the borough cleaner and greener. This is at the forefront of the work we have been doing and will continue to do."