Saturday, October 1, 2022

Council delighted as communities’ show true grit

THIS winter’s snow was nothing compared to the two years which preceded it — but 14 Thurrock communities were prepared.

They had taken advantage of Thurrock Council’s offer to provide small “grit bins” for community groups to salt their roads when the snow came.

It was back in September that environment portfolio holder Cllr Val Morris-Cook said: “We have listened to the concerns local people and this year we want to work with community groups to help them to clear the areas they represent.

“The council can only do so much itself, but wants to make it easier for communities to help themselves — that is why I am encouraging all community groups to get involved and bid for their own winter maintenance kit – salt bins for their own neighbourhood.”

And on Saturday (17 March) she visited one of the people who asked for a bin, Kay Ravenhill, of Oakley Close, West Thurrock.

Looking back to February, Kay said: “It started snowing heavily on the Saturday and the Neighbourhood Watch group got together with ‘high-viz’ jackets and some shovels and did the road.

“We all had some fun and it worked well. Luckily we’re not far from London Road and that was gritted by the council.”

She added that she approached her local community forum — the West Thurrock and South Stifford People’s Forum — for some advice and help about such things as public liability insurance

Cllr Morris-Cook said: “I’d like to thank Kay, her group and all the other groups who took up the offer, they showed great civic leadership.

“The council simply cannot put grit and salt down on every inch of every road in the borough and it has to concentrate its efforts on the main busy routes, but it can also help people to help themselves and that’s what we’ve done here.”

She added: “I want the council to learn from this pilot and for people to let us know any concerns or suggestions they may have.”


  1. Good to see reliable Val taking up her role and showing leadership to our community. Well done ms ravensbourne both of you showing the way of a caring council and good neighborhood spirit.

  2. Hmmm, so lets get this straight, back in September 2011 VMC said that TBC wanted to get involved with local community groups to help out… six months later in MARCH 2012 we get a photo shoot of VMC standing next to a grit bin, now I may be being cynical but is this not just some cheap publicity shot due to a local election being round the corner???

  3. I’m really not sure about the new Neighbourhood Watch website. The old one was dusty, sparsely attended (like a big old gloomy warehouse, where you could just hear one or two voices in the far distance) but, at least you could logon to it. The new one is brighter and snappier but doesn’t recognise my details (in spite of the fact that I’m a member and recieve regular crime updates). So i re-register and get an mail with details Then I try again…. Zilch. For the 2nd time I’ve tried contacting the administrator (no response the first time) Not very reassuring I’m afraid. If they can’t get that right how secure is the rest of the site?


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