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Redbridge enforcement officer: It’s not okay to live in filth

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 July 2016

The Recorder joined Redbridge Council enforcement officer Jules Onalaja investigating fly-tips. Tip in Green Lane, Seven Kings. Picture: Ajay Nair

The Recorder joined Redbridge Council enforcement officer Jules Onalaja investigating fly-tips. Tip in Green Lane, Seven Kings. Picture: Ajay Nair

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Engaging with the community is key in the crackdown on a culture of littering and fly-tipping, according to a senior enforcement officer.

The Recorder joined Redbridge Council enforcement officer Jules Onalaja investigating fly-tips. Tip in Green Lane, Seven Kings. Picture: Ajay NairThe Recorder joined Redbridge Council enforcement officer Jules Onalaja investigating fly-tips. Tip in Green Lane, Seven Kings. Picture: Ajay Nair

Speaking to the Recorder while on a morning chasing leads in the fight for clean streets and tidy front gardens, Jules Onalaja, 42, said his job was about “being proactive” and “making a difference”.

It comes after Redbridge Council launched its Proud To Call It Home scheme, in conjunction with the Recorder’s Pride In Redbridge campaign.

“Everyday is different,” said Jules, as we made our way to Fernways, Ilford, after a driver was caught on CCTV dumping rubbish.

The officer, wearing a hi-vis vest and cap, spoke to neighbours and heard their concerns before taking photos as evidence.

The Recorder has launched the Pride in Redbridge campaign to encourage everyone to play their part in keeping the borough clean.The Recorder has launched the Pride in Redbridge campaign to encourage everyone to play their part in keeping the borough clean.

We then visited another fly-tipping hotspot in Green Lane, Seven Kings, at the junction with Guilford Road, following reports of about 10 bags left on a street corner.

A thorough look through the bags revealed hair cuttings and salon waste among bags of dirty nappies and milk bottles.

“It’s disgusting but somebody’s got to do it,” said Jules, as he got stuck in wearing his rubber gloves.

Read the full story in tomorrow’s Recorder.


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