Council seeks to increase open space team despite recent bids to sell land

Elm Road open space which the council wanted to sell off.

THURROCK Council is seeking to expand its recreation and leisure service team is expanding and says it is seeking three new people to help enable borough residents to become more active and engaged in their parks and open spaces.

The council has come under some criticism recently for attempting to sell some of the borough’s green spaces and for the standard of maintenance of some of them.

A number of sites have been earmarked for schools development and an area in Stifford Clays was given over to a construction firm to use as its depot while building new houses.

Other sports sites, including Chadwell St Mary, Horndon and Orsett have seen sports clubs bemoan a lack of care for the facilities – with some clubs taking grounds maintenance on their own shoulders.

However, the council says it is looking to increase community engagement ans needs “innovative people who have a ‘can do’ attitude to deliver a wide range of activities in parks that get local people involved and enables them to improve their health and well being”.

In its job advertisement for the three posts, which pay between £21,255 and £26,910 a year, the council says: “We are looking to build a team that will work on the front line developing new activities including sessions across the parks in Thurrock using outdoor gyms and other existing facilities, motivating the community to engage with wider services, helping develop volunteers and support existing park users to work together to improve the environment.

“The aim is to improve health outcomes, reduce ASB, ensure park bylaws are enforced and create an environment where our parks are used by more residents. The activities will be for people of all ages from children and young people to senior citizens working across the borough and some sessions will be delivered by partners.”

Details of the posts and how to apply can be found at https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/council-job-vacancy?AdvertReference=DEC20181193