Enforcement issues hot on agenda at last night’s local forum in Ilford
PUBLISHED: 12:07 18 February 2016 | UPDATED: 18:04 18 February 2016
Policing, prostitutes, pocket gardens and people dumping rubbish were hot topics at the local forum yesterday.
There were many questions raised by audience members about fly-tipping and what could be done to stop it.
Cllr Jas Athwal, who chaired the event said that the enforcement team would be working later hours and weekends instead of a 9-5 to tackle the issue.
He also mentioned that there needs to be a cultural shift and said: “When I was a child this didn’t happen.
“I am not talking about the ‘good old days’ but people had pride with flowers on their lawn.
“I do care about the issue, I am a resident and we need to eradicate this.”
Cllr Paul Canal, echoed this sentiment and spoke of how attitudes to drink driving changed in the borough and the same has to be done with fly tipping.
Cllr Athwal said “we will take no prisoners” when it come to convicting fly-tippers, to which Ch Insp John Fish replied that actually they would be, with fixed penalty notice and possible court appearances.
An audience member suggested that education need to happen at a grass root level about how to dispose of waste stating: “This meeting is in a school, what better place to start education”.
Chief Inspector John Fish spoke of prostitution in the borough and said that they are “following the money train” to close down criminal rings.
He added: “If anyone hears about a brothel we will take action to shut it in 48 hours.
“We now treat the women there as victims of crime.”
More to follow.
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