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Council hopes £400 fine will deter fly-tippers in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 11:32 22 September 2016

Last night's local forum was held in Redbridge Central Library.

Last night's local forum was held in Redbridge Central Library.

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The council hopes that the introduction of a £400 fine for fly-tippers will help curb the problem which has blighted many of the borough’s roads.

At last night’s Local Forum meeting, in Redbridge Central Library, in Clements Road, council leader Jas Athwal said that the tougher penalty will act as a deterrent to those who dump rubbish in the streets.

“We are putting civic pride in our streets at the top of our agenda. We offer free bulky waste collection, all you have to do is ring up and we collect it.

“People need to understand if they risk putting mattresses and bags in the streets we will come after them.

“I guarantee we will fix this problem,” said Cllr Athwal.

One disgruntled resident said he was ‘embarrassed’ by the amount of litter in his local area and called for more money to be given to covert operations.

He said: “It’s disgusting and your enforcement team have done nothing about it, I have to walk over bags of rubbish and it’s unacceptable - we need more covert operations.

“I’m from Ireland and my sister is coming over in a week and I’m embarrassed to walk the street with her”

Mark Benbow, the council’s head of community safety and enforcement, defended the work of the enforcement team and pointed out that they’ve had 14 investigations go to court.

“We’ve had 14 investigations go to court although I accept there’s still more to do.

“We’ve also visited 19 schools to get more people involved in litter picks and we try to educate people about it,” said Mr Benbow. “We think the £400 fixed penalty notice will do the job.”

Cllr Athwal added that they would keep the community informed when they catch those responsible for dumping rubbish.

“We know where the rubbish and hot spots are and we will hit them, and when we do you will find out about it,” said Cllr Athwal.

“The issue of fly-tipping is something we will get over and win,” said Cllr Athwal. “It’s not good enough for people to use our streets as a dustbin.

“It’s not going to happen over night unfortunately these things take a while.”


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