Thurrock children as young as ten could be fined up to £150 as green light given for £1 million litter contract

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THURROCK Council has signalled it’s intent to continue to crackdown on litter in the borough by upping the size of their fines and possibly criminalising children as young as ten.

The recommendations were made after a meeting of its Cleaner, Greener and Safer Committee.

Since December 2016, Thurrock Council has been running a pilot scheme with Kingdom Services. Since then over a 1,000 fixed penalty notices have been issued.

The committee heard from council officers that fines could go up to £150 and the age limit reduced to sixteen. However, when the age of ten was mentioned the officer said “we could go down to that age.”

There was also reference to “naming and shaming” miscreants who had been fined.

The chair of the committee and new Labour group leader, cllr Oliver Gerrish said he “welcomed the report” and “really pleased to see the report in front of them and..got the action available to tackle the blight upon the borough.”

However, cllr Gerrish did look for more proof that tickets were issued all across the borough and put a number of clauses into the new recommendations as the four year contract goes out to tender.

Others had expressed a concern that litter wardens were concentrating on issuing tickets outside South Essex College’s Thurrock campus which sits opposite the council offices.

The cross-party committee agreed “for the tender and subsequent award of a contract for enforcement services on a payment by results basis….for a period of up to four years, to the aggregate value of approximately £960,000.

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