GRAYS BEACH was awash with yellow on Tuesday (8 March) morning as around 50 of Thurrock Council’s streets department workers received awards.
Cllr Val Morris-Cook — portfolio holder for Environment — was on hand to hand out the NVQ Level 2 awards in grounds maintenance and cleansing, as well as City and Guilds credits.
She told them: “Everyone in Thurrock owes you a debt of gratitude for your hard work in difficult circumstances.
“It’s been a difficult time all round at the council, but you have managed to make £1.2 million in savings on street services and make our streets look ten times better.”
She added: “There is one exception to that ‘ten times better’ and that’s part of the A13 and Dock Approach Road. The Highways Agency is supposed to be in charge of keeping that clean, unfortunately we can’t put up signs saying: It’s the Highways Agency, not Thurrock Council.
“However, we are meeting with the agency and we are going to tell them exactly what we want them to do. If they don’t do it, we will and then we’ll bill them for it!”