Council launches fly-tipping crackdown

Redbridge Council has introduced a new street enforcement team to crackdown on anti-socail behaviour

Redbridge Council has introduced a new street enforcement team to crackdown on anti-socail behaviour such as fly-tipping - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Details of a dedicated team which will patrol the borough day and night to crack down on fly-tipping, antisocial behaviour, vandalism and untidy gardens have been revealed by Redbridge Council.

Proposals for the new enforcement unit will go to committee next week, before being sent to cabinet for approval.

And the Recorder is backing the council’s call for residents to be its “eyes and ears” by reporting issues and joining the drive to make Redbridge a place to be proud of.

Cllr Jas Athwal said: “We want to try to make sure our residents’ quality of life really increases and improves.

“Anti-social behaviour doesn’t just happen, it’s caused by somebody. We need to change attitudes.

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“As an administration, we want to make sure we are delivering what the residents deserve, what the residents want and what the residents are asking for – cleaner streets and safer streets.”

“It’s visible, it’s dedicated, it’s a street presence for anti-social behaviour and vandalism.”

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Next Wednesday’s neighbourhoods and communities service committee will also discuss plans to post “most wanted-style” pictures of suspected fly-tippers on the council’s website to help track them down.

Head of enforcement Mark Benbow said the enforcement team would be “more proactive than reactive”.

“Currently officers only respond to calls,” he said.

He said the teams’ shift patterns would be “intelligence-led” rather than nine to five, with officers working late into the evening and early hours’ over the weekend.

If approved by the secretary of state, Mr Benbow said the council’s landlord licensing scheme would help tackle issues such as fly-tipping.

“I don’t know about you but I don’t change my mattress every six months – that to me indicates a private rented sector that needs licensing and enforcing,” he said.

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