STUDENTS at the South Essex College campus in Grays have been reminded not to litter as environment wardens based across the road may be armed with new powers to fine them.
Under new proposals being put forward at meeting of the ruling Tory cabinet at Thurrock Council, a new contract to combat litter in Thurrock may see fines increased to £150 and the age of responsibility lowered from 18 to 16.
And with the wardens based opposite the campus at the council offices on New Road, Grays, students may be right in the firing line of the wardens.
YT did ask South Essex College if they feel they are being “targeted” and the proposal to lower the age was with their students in mind.
Deputy Principal and Chief Executive, Anthony McGarel, said: “The College strives to maintain a clean and tidy environment throughout our sites and local community.
“We are aware that fines are being issued in the area, we regularly communicate with students and staff to remind them of their responsibility to dispose of their rubbish in the correct manner.
“Students also conduct litter picking exercises to make sure the campuses are clean and to raise awareness.”