NOTORIOUS FLY-TIPPERS VEHICLES CRUSHED (and you can watch it on YouTube) / LAMBETH COMMUNITY FUND OPEN FOR NEW APPLICATIONS / BOGUS TREE SURGEON’S ‘BARK’-ING SCAM
A notorious drive-by fly-tipper who hit the headlines when he dumped tonnes of rubbish on the borough’s streets has had his vehicles crushed.
Croydon council oversaw the destruction of two tipper trucks used by the man (watch the crushing here) to carry out some of the most appalling fly-tips Croydon has ever seen.
Magistrates ordered the confiscation of the vehicles ‘used to facilitate criminal behaviour’ earlier this year, when they jailed the man for four fly-tipping offences carried out in Croydon in 2016.
These included his most notorious crime, which made national news when he was captured on film tipping rubble, wood and other building waste along Croham Manor Close off Campden Road on 15 March 2016.
The man was the second person to be sent to prison for fly-tipping-related offences since the council launched its Don’t Mess With Croydon (DMWC) campaign in 2015. A third vehicle belonging to the fly-tipper was destroyed prior to the start of the case against him when he failed to claim it.
The case against him is one of 150 successful prosecutions carried out under DMWC, which combines enforcement for fly-tipping and littering, with encouraging the local community to take pride in their neighbourhood.
Since the start of the campaign, Croydon council has crushed 21 vehicles used to facilitate fly-tipping and criminal behaviour.
To watch the crushing please go to Croydon.gov news and search the press release Date: 10 July 2017 Notorious fly-tipper’s vehicles crushed. (Source: Croydon council press release)
COMMUNITY FUND SEEKS APPLICATIONS
LAMBETH COMMUNITY FUND OPEN FOR NEW APPLICATIONS
Grants available for projects which focus on improving the wellbeing and quality of life of Lambeth residents.
I’m pleased to announce that the Lambeth Community Fund is now open for applications. We have made some changes to the fund for 2017 and all the grant programmes which formed the Lambeth Community Fund have been consolidated under one fund, with two rounds over the next 12 months.
All applications must address at least one of the following themes:
Learning for Life
On the Right Track
Additionally, we would like to see applications which support one or more of the priorities listed below. Where possible, we have included the amount available over the two upcoming funding rounds in brackets.
Improve literacy amongst residents of all ages and backgrounds (£90,000);
Increase access to nature and the environment through neighbourhood greening projects (£30,000);
Benefit the Portuguese-speaking community (£28,000);
Support NEET young people (those not in education, employment or training) into education, training or apprenticeships (£13,000);
Projects that work with the most disadvantaged members of the community, in particular those who are not currently accessing services;
Applications that actively involve the communities who will benefit from the grant in planning the project and making it happen;
Organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000;
Projects that will have a long-term impact on the community of Lambeth;
Projects that have a sustainability plan for continuation beyond this funding period;
Applicants which are working in partnership with other organisations.
The majority of grants will be between £500 and £10,000 for projects of up to one year, or two years if funding is available. A small number of grants of up to £20,000 will be awarded to projects which will have a strategic impact on the borough.
View the fund guidelines and guidance notes to help you complete your application.
Who can apply?
Community groups, registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), tenants and residents’ associations (TRAs), companies limited by guarantee, social enterprises or community interest companies (CICs) are all eligible to apply to the fund.
For more details please view the fund guidelines and guidance notes. (Written by: London Community Foundation. Source: Lambeth council’s Love Lambeth website)
BOGUS TREE SURGEON’S ‘BARK’-ING SCAM “The sheer effrontery of some con artists never fails to amaze” – councillor
A warning has been issued by Croydon council’s trading standards team alerting people to a conman masquerading as a tree surgeon and demanding cash for a favour he claims to have done.
The team has learned that a man went to a house in Purley last month and told the resident he had noticed a large branch fall from one of the householder’s trees, landing across the adjacent footpath and causing an obstruction.
He claimed that he was a tree surgeon and, in order to clear the obstruction, had cut the branch into manageable lengths and removed them. He followed the news of his good deed with the suggestion the householder pay him a token gesture of £120.
Refusing to hand over the cash, the resident first contacted a trusted tree surgeon – who could find no evidence of a fallen branch – and then the police, informing them of the attempted fraud.
Cllr Hamida Ali, Croydon’s cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, said: “The sheer effrontery of some con artists never fails to amaze. “The resident in this case did exactly the right thing in refusing to pay for work that he hadn’t commissioned.
“Sadly, there are residents who are susceptible to this sort of approach. “They take the story at face value and, grateful that a good Samaritan has come to their aid, hand over the money.
“It can’t be said often enough that householders should not entertain cold callers. “Anybody turning up unannounced and offering a service that has not been pre-booked should be politely told ‘no thank-you’.
“And they should never be given money nor personal details – and never allowed into the house.
“Anybody who has been approached in this manner, or suspects they might have fallen victim to a scam, should immediately contact the police or the council’s trading standards department.”
The trading standards team has a limited number of “no cold caller” packs available to Croydon residents. The pack contains advice, information and a sticker, to be displayed on or near the front door, informing salesmen and other cold callers that the householder is not interested in any service they might be offering.
To obtain a pack, email email@example.com or call 020 8407 1311. (Source:
Croydon council press release)