High visibility patrols clean up in Grays

HIGH visibility patrols hit the streets of North Grays to tackle rubbish and other residents’ concerns during the latest Partner Walkabout Day.

Focussing on areas including Stifford Clays, Little Thurrock, Crammavill Street and Blackshots, Thurrock Council Community Protection Officers were joined by Police Community Support Officers and other partners.

Funded by the Thurrock Community Safety Partnership the events target specific areas to address issues raised by local communities.

The Mobile Police Station visited Crammavill Street and Blackshots during the day and Essex Probation Community Payback Teams cleared litter in alleyways around Hathaway Road, Grays. They also worked in Hangmans Woods where the Council’s Horticulture Team used a shire horse to cut the grass in the traditional way.

Local Councillors took part in the walkabout day with Stifford Clays Councillors Diana Hale and Angie Gaywood engaging with residents in Crammavill Street. They were joined by Len Orpin, the Chair of the Stifford Community Forum.

Grays Councillor Yash Gupta met residents, businesses and the Community Payback team in Hathaway Road, Grays. He said: “It is vital for us to get out on the streets and hear from our communities. These walkabout days are excellent in doing just that and showing people that we are out there working for them.”

The walkabout day also stretched into the evening with youth workers engaging with young people across the area particularly at Blackshots play area.

The next Partner Walkabout Day takes place in Stanford-le-Hope on September 30th. To raise an issue in that area email safer.thurrock@thurrock.gov.uk

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