A CHAFFORD Hundred resident has made a stand against the litter epidemic in Thurrock by cleaning up a cycle track near to where he lives.
Anthony Kiddle is just one of many residents who has become shocked by the state of the borough and Chafford Hundred in particular.
Anthony said: "After walking down the footpath near my house, I was disgusted with the amount of rubbish in the hedge row .
So on Sunday, I walked the entire length picking up the rubbish. Six bags later it looks much better.
"I did get some strange looks. I suppose having pride in where you live is not everyone’s cup of tea and to think Thurrock Council get paid by our rates to do this."
Anthony put the fruits of his endeavours on the Facebook page: Chafford Hundred Community.
His work has been warmly praised by other residents.
Toni Frampton: "Well done and thank you."
Dawn Moran: "Well done Anthony you should invoice the council for your hard work."
Mark Pattinson: "I saw someone going towards Chafford station as well. Not sure if that was you but if so hats off to you. Maybe as a community we should have a clean Chafford Hundred morning on a Sunday where we get out and clean our own local area. The more the better".
Anthony replied: "Thanks everyone. I am fed up of seeing Chafford being used as a dumping ground.
Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside.
Or consider a pavement. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of refuse from take-out restaurants there or even break into cars. This is the broken window theory. We need to pull together as a community to stop this. And from the comments I have seen we have that spirit already