PORTFOLIO holder for environment, Cllr Pauline Tolson is pleased grass cutting works are progressing after a slow start.
Speaking last Friday (24 June), Cllr Tolson explains that: "despite some issues with previous equipment, the environment team are now operational and ready to tackle the long grass in Thurrock.
"I’m delighted our scheduled work will soon be back on track. In just a few weeks, the grass issue is expected to be resolved."
Reflectively, Cllr Tolson explained: "Our environmental team provides a good service to over 160,000 residents every week but they can’t do much when equipment lets them down.
"While the mowers have been out of action, teams haven’t just been sitting around. They have been litter picking in the community to keep our streets tidy.
"Not only do they look after our green areas and collect our bins but they also grit our roads, cleanse our streets, clean our parks, sweep our roads, clear fly-tipping and maintain our play equipment."
She added: "I know they manage and maintain 518 hectares of green space, including over 90 parks and open spaces, which is the equivalent of 413 football pitches – no easy feat to keep on top of."
Cllr Tolson finished by saying: "The teams work extremely hard and I applaud their efforts. They are outside in the early hours and late at night, in the sun, frost, wind and rain and for that – thank you – keep up the great work."
You can report environmental issues, like a missed bin collection through the website at Thurrock.gov.uk/report.