Walkabout Day in Purfleet

Purfleet was the focus of a Partner Walkabout Day last week for the first time with efforts concentrating on issues highlighted by residents.

Anti-social Behaviour hotspots, dog fouling, parking and litter were all raised as matters of concern during the walkabout day last Tuesday (May 24th) when experts worked to find solutions to these problems.

These Thurrock Community Safety Partnership events have proved successful over the last year targeting one area in the borough at a time.

This was the first time Purfleet has been the focus and those taking part included Thurrock Council’s Community Protection Team, Housing, Horticulture, Street Cleansing and Locality Youth Workers. They were joined by Police Community Support Officers, Essex Fire and Rescue and Essex Probation’s Community Payback and West Thurrock and South Stifford Councillor Andy Smith.

Information on specific issues and concerns in the community are gathered in advance of each walkabout day and then, wherever possible, tackled on the day.

Before the event members of the Community Safety Partnership spoke to commuters at Purfleet Station, Police Community Support Officers distributed questionnaires to homes, and housing officers spoke to tenants about their particular problems.

On the day the Community Payback team started work on an ongoing project to repaint a long stretch of railings on the Garrison Estate bordering the RSPB site. Councillor Andy Smith met the team and wielded a scraper to help out. (see picture).

Community Safety, Trading Standards and Essex Fire and Rescue representatives visited Mulberry Drive sheltered housing complex during the day to discuss concerns with residents and provide help and advice on crime and safety.

Thurrock Council’s Horticulture team have planted flowers at a previously bare site in the complex.

Other issues which were raised and not solved during the day have been referred to the relevant authority.

Communication around any ongoing work to solve problems and issues will be reported back to residents via the Purfleet Forum tonight (Tuesday May 31st) and through ”You Said We Did” posters which will be displayed throughout the area.

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