Grays Beach Park: Thurrock Council continue to blame Anglian Water

FOR 32 days, Grays Beach Park has been flooded with sea water after one of Anglian Water’s valves became damaged after large bulky items were fly tipped nearby.

It was first reported to the council on 25 July who passed it onto the responsible authority, Anglian Water, the same day.

Despite being assured that the issue had been rectified, the flooding returned within hours.

Anglian Water have blamed fly tipping for damaging equipment and making repair work difficult.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill has been keeping a close eye on the situation.

Speaking yesterday (Thursday 25 August), 32 days after the issue was reported, Cllr Gledhill said: “The pictures are atrocious – these ignorant fly tippers are not just blighting our open spaces with their dumping, but now are directly impacting on services and facilities for children and families.

“Anglian Water has been totally ineffective in finding a sustainable solution. They are sending engineers out to fix it without the right keys and then hiding behind the lack of a permit to excuse their inaction. We have continually offered to help them to get these permits

“My main concern is that this valve has not been properly maintained and we will be asking them to show us evidence of their maintenance plans for this piece of equipment and others located across the borough. Thurrock Council was advised this week that repair work is expected to take up to four more weeks before the area could reopen to the public but that isn’t good enough.

He added: “Children are not being able to use the equipment, dogs are being restricted on where they can go, and earlier this week I was told local businesses are being affected as excess water is flooding up through drains.

“Summer is almost over, children will be going back to school soon – Anglian Water needs to just get on with it.

“We will continue to work Anglian Water but we will also continue to push for a quicker and better resolution.”

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