Agenda and minutes

Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Monday, 15th December, 2014 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6SL.

Contact: Matthew Boulter, Principal Democratic Services Officer  Email:

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To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 31 July 2014.


The Minutes of the Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee, held on 31 July 2014, were approved as a correct record.


The Minutes of the Meeting of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Overview and Scrutiny held on 27 October 2014 were noted.


Items of Urgent Business

To receive additional items that the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency, in accordance with Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.




Declaration of Interests




Current Response of Thurrock Council to Fly Tipping in terms of prevention, enforcement and Waste Removal pdf icon PDF 100 KB


Officers outlined that fly-tipping had fallen by 55% between the years 2008 and 2012 but since that date they had started to rise. The cost of removing fly-tips in 2013-14 was £117,916. The Council was working on new initiatives with the police and Environment Agency to reduce this figure. Officers stated that there were two types of fly-tip, the opportunist and the organised high volume tipping. Members were assured that the five mobile CCTV cameras owned by the Council were deployed where trouble spots were identified.


The Committee discussed a number of issues surrounding fly-tipping and the following was noted:


·         The number of officers in the enforcement team had reduced to two full time officers.

·         The probation service did carry out community payback tidy trips but the lack of supervisors for the groups had frustrated this process in recent months. Officers believed supervisors were now available and the initiative would resume.

·         On private land, the Council were prepared to collect rubbish if residents themselves piled it up at an agreed area. Councillor Stone highlighted this arrangement had worked very well in his ward.

·         More CCTV was needed and this was being purchased.

·         Residents should be encouraged to report fly-tips and those responsible for them. The Council required car licence plates and a general description of the vehicle to be useful. Residents could engage directly with the service through the ‘report it’ app.

·         The Council had not prosecuted any fly tippers recently, although where there was strong evidence they would. In relation to the Purfleet fly-tip, eight people had been interviewed under caution.

·         The Council could name and shame fly-tippers only after a successful prosecution.


The Committee moved on to discuss the recent large scale tipping at Purfleet. Officers explained that a group of travellers had forced entry onto the site on 8th July 2014. They were evicted on 30th July but a new group of travellers forced entry again on 25th September. They were evicted on 6th October on which day another group arrived. The site was finally cleared on 19th October. During this time a significant amount of tipping had occurred on the site.


A small amount of the tip was hazardous waste composed of pharmaceutical debris (unused syringes and adult nappies among other things) and some asbestos. This waste was removed at a cost of no more than £2000-£3000. The remaining waste was being estimated for removal but was likely to cost in the region of £350,000. The Council had yet to decide whether the rubbish would be removed as the area was part of the Purfleet regeneration site and could be removed by contractors in or before 2016.


The site had now been better secured with concrete blocks and although pedestrian access was still present, officers had witnessed people taking items away from the site instead of further tipping.


Following a question, the Head of Environment stated that there were comparable places of significant fly-tipping in other areas of the country, Peterborough being one example. He  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.


Work Programme




1.         The Police be invited to January’s meeting to discuss their roles and responsibilities in relation to the recent Purfleet fly-tip.


2.         A draft fly-tipping policy be brought to March’s meeting.