CROYDON AND LEWISHAM CRACK DOWN ON FLY-TIPPERS
Eight £80 FPNs were issued following the three-night operation that targeted streets in Broad Green, Thornton Heath and Selhurst. The offences included fly-tipping, urinating and dog fouling.
And a fly-tipper has been fined almost £3,500 following action by Lewisham council.
Croydon’s action followed complaints from people in Broad Green, Selhurst amd Thornton Heath.
It is the latest crackdown in the council’s Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride campaign to tackle fly-tipping and littering and ensure the borough’s streets remain clean and tidy.
This month’s operation was also used as an opportunity for council officers to educate residents on the correct ways of disposing of their waste.
Croydon’s cabinet member for Clean, Green Croydon Cllr Stuart Collins said: “This is a great result and a reminder to those who think they can dump rubbish in the streets that they will be caught and hit with a hefty fine.
“This three-night operation is by no means a one-off and we’ll continue to monitor these areas to ensure our streets remain clean and free of rubbish.
“We’re grateful to the residents of Broad Green, Selhurst and Thornton Heath for bringing these problems to our attention. “It goes to show that if we’re told about fly-tipping in certain areas of our borough, we won’t hesitate to take action.”
Since launching the Don’t Mess campaign in summer 2014, the council has issued more than 800 fixed penalty notices and prosecuted fly-tippers through the courts, including a man jailed for six months in May for dumping 42 tonnes of waste in Waddon.
You can report fly-tipping in Croydon by calling the council’s dedicated fly-tipping hotline on 020 8604 7000 or [email protected] You can also report a problem via their My Croydon smartphone app.
For more information about the campaign please visit: www.croydon.gov.uk/dontmess
The operation took place between 15-17 September. The details of the FPNs are as follows:-
Dog fouling at Keston Road; urinating at the junction of Colliers Water Lane by Brigstock Road junction; fly-tipping at Keston Road, Colliers Water Lane; Brigstock Road; Richmond Road; Smock Way/Ashby Walk; and Chipstead Avenue.
A fly-tipper who dumped his rubbish on the streets of Brockley is now almost £3,500 worse off following a Lewisham council prosecution
The man, from Peckham, had denied the charges, but was found guilty of four offences under the Environmental Protection Act relating to two fly-tips that took place in Brockley Way, SE4 on 29 January 2014 and 4 February 2014. The case was heard at Bexley magistrates court on 8 September 2015.
He was handed fines of £250 for each offence (£1,000 in total), £25 victim surcharge and costs of £2,422.80, making a total of £3447.80 to pay.
Lewisham council’s cabinet member for the public realm Cllr Rachel Onikosi said: “I am appalled that some people think it is appropriate to litter their community in this way. “It is totally unacceptable.
“I hope that this sends a strong message to anyone tempted to dump their rubbish on our streets – we will prosecute and you will pay for your crimes.”
Since the beginning of August 2015 over 100 people (including business owners) have been issued with fixed penalty notices by Lewisham for other waste offences committed across the borough.
Officers have also issued more than 20 fixed penalty notices for fly-posting offences committed at various locations. (Sources: Croydon council / Lewisham council press releases.)