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Thurrock Council act quickly to remove massive fly-tip

RUBBISH dumped close to the Orsett Cock roundabout was closely inspected to find evidence of who did it and removed, all within a week.

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On Tuesday 8 March, the council became aware of the fly-tip at Loft Hall Farm, on the A128 Brentwood Road and the Environment Agency was informed.

Cllr Pauline Tolson, Thurrock Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “Within hours of the grounds maintenance staff noticing this blot on our landscape, we made the national agency aware of it and they asked us not to remove it before they had a chance to inspect it.

“On the Thursday the Environment Agency examined the roadside rubbish, but no evidence was found and we were given the green light to remove it, which was done on the Friday.”

She added: “Last week on Tuesday 14 March, another tip – three large loads of hard core – was left in the same place.

“Our grab lorry was sent out that afternoon and we started to remove the fly tip, completing the process the next day.”

Cllr Tolson said: “Keeping our borough clear of this sort of garbage is important to the council and to residents. It’s unfortunate no evidence was found in the first instance, but we are working with our partners to clamp down on this sort of anti-social behaviour, and we work as fast as possible to clear it where we can.

“This demonstrates again that we are committed to cleaning our borough as part of this administration’s clean it, cut it, fill it initiative.”

Residents can report fly-tips to the council via the Report it app or online at thurrock.gov.uk/report

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