Grays High Street and litter: "Responsibility is with public" says Thurrock Council boss

THURROCK Council is aware of the poor standard in cleanliness along Grays High Street despite allocating a significant increase of staffing.

A spokesperson said: "Currently, we have a permanent presence from the environment team, Monday – Friday between 8am and 3.30pm and three visits take place each day over the weekend.

It appears there has been a significant increase in littering overnight and it takes time for our staff to clear the whole high street in time for early visitors the next morning.

As a result, we will be reviewing the distribution of our staff and will reallocate staff if necessary but Cllr Pauline Tolson, Portfolio Holder for Environment reminds us that cleaning quicker doesn’t solve the issue of people dropping litter.

She said: “I agree it is not an acceptable state for our high streets to be in, but the responsibility lays at the feet of those who drop the litter – not to the council for not cleaning the street every morning at the crack of dawn.

“We are working with shops and continue to put pressure on them to take responsibility for their branded litter.

“We are very clear – we will no longer tolerate those who treat Thurrock as a bin. If you are caught littering, even just a cigarette end, you will be fined £75.”

She added: “We have redirected an additional member of staff to help assist in Grays High Street and I will continue to monitor as part of our commitment to Clean It, Cut It, Fill it."

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