More than seven tonnes of rubbish, ten flytips and nine areas of graffiti were all cleared in West Thurrock and South Stifford during the Thurrock Community Safety Partnership’s Walkabout Day.
Tuesday’s (March 16th) event was aimed at tackling Anti-social Behaviour and working towards a safer, cleaner and greener Thurrock. Partners including Thurrock Police, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Thurrock Council’s Community Protection Team, Housing Officers and the Be Smart Graffiti team joined forces on the day of action looking at issues ranging from litter, housing, crime prevention and graffiti.
Probation’s Community Payback team of offenders played a key role in the work successfully completed. As part of the hours ordered by the courts, they carried out maintenance and clearance work at Rookery Court sheltered housing complex in West Thurrock, planted trees, and filled two high-side caged vehicles with rubbish.
Graffiti was cleared, and Thurrock Council’s Horticulture Team assessed trees in the area identifying those which need attention.
Throughout the day officers and volunteers involved were available to address issues and answer questions raised by residents.