THE first four weeks of a joint initiative between Thurrock Council’s Environmental Enforcement Officers and Essex Police targeting people littering car parks with nitrous oxide canisters has been hailed a huge success.
The initiative sees officers visiting car parks to tackle anti-social behaviour and activities linked to discarding nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.
Anyone caught dumping canisters is issued a £150 on-the-spot fine and the registered keeper of the vehicle, being used, is issued a community protection notice which informs them that their vehicle has been involved in environmental anti-social behaviour.
While on active patrols, officers have also fined people for other offences witnessed, including fly-tipping.
The team have now been patrolling over four separate weekends and have taken the following action:
· Nine Fixed Penalty Notices for fly-tipping
· Eight Fixed Penalty Notices for littering
· Two Fixed Penalty Notice for urinating
· One Fixed Penalty Notice for fly-posting
· One businesse fined for not handling their waste properly
· Five Community Protection Warning Notices for ASB in Chafford Hundred
· 14 Community Protection Warning Notices for ASB in Grays
· Six Community Protection Warning Notices for ASB in Vicarage Square
· Three Community Protection Warning Notices for ASB in Tilbury
· Three Community Protection Warning Notice for HGVs parking on the footway in Manor Way, Grays
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “This operation is just four weeks in and already it has proven to be a huge success cracking down on not only on those littering our streets with nitrous oxide canisters but on all kinds of anti-social behaviour including fly-tipping, fly-posting and drug use.
“We know these are all issues which residents have told us are unacceptable and we will continue to take decisive action to bring these activities to an end.”