Mr. Perrin’s Blog: Not happy with grass verges in South Ockendon

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Mr. Perrin’s blog; A Word in Your Ear.

Mud, mud, inglorious mud, there’s nothing quite like it for boiling my blood.

I was not angry since I came to Thurrock, until this instance.

The cause of my anger is the vandalisation of grass verges, and other grassed areas, as a result of inconsiderate drivers parking their vehicles on them.

Over the years I have repeatedly asked the Council to protect grassed areas by means of barriers. I have suggested that drivers who, despite previous warnings, repeatedly offend should have their vehicle removed from the grassed area, “clamped and charged to have the clamp removed.

I accept that adequate and safe parking facilities should be provided, but not at the exclusion of grassed areas. These areas cannot be both grassed areas and car parking areas, if this is allowed what you end up with is an unsightly patch of mud.

I get the impression that the adequacy of the protection of grass verges depends on where you live e.g. Brandon Groves, a private estate, or Broxburn Drive, a Council estate. You only have to visit these estates to see the difference.

Council tenants money is of equal value to that of a home owner and entitles them to the same standards of Council services. In the opinion of some Council Officers and members of the public ,Council tenants are third class citizens, do not care about the environment in which they live, and are happiest living like pigs in a sty.

As a Council tenant myself I can only say to those misguided Council Officers and members of the public, “If you prick us we bleed just the same as you”.

I will continue my quest to protect grass verges and other open spaces.

Once more unto the breach, my friends, once more;
I will fight to save grass areas until I am dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of protest blows in my ears,
Then shall I imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favoure’d rage;
The game’s afoot and upon this charge I Cry –
God and Thurrock Council protect Thurrock’s green and pleasant land!

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