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Redbridge action day cracks down on fly-tippers

PUBLISHED: 11:30 21 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:53 21 October 2016

Clean up teams on an action day in Ilford town centre on September 3.

Clean up teams on an action day in Ilford town centre on September 3.

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Two fly-tippers were heavily fined after being caught red-handed during a Redbridge action day earlier this week.

Rubbish dumped in Goodmayes High Road was traced back to the pair’s address on Wednesday and they were both fined £400.

Eleven people have now been handed the on-the-spot fines since the council granted enforcement officers the new powers last week.

Cllr Ross Hatfull, cabinet member for civic pride, said: “I’m delighted we were able to make such a quick impact with the on-the-spot fines and they are already proving a fantastic tool in dealing with those people that do not treat Redbridge with respect.

“The £400 fines allow us to be more nimble and come down hard on fly-tippers.”

Enforcement officers also spoke to 60 businesses in the area about trade waste and asked for proof of contracts to show they were disposing of it responsibly. Four fly-tips were removed, along with three fly-posters and residents in 13 flats were also given advice about correct waste disposal.

Redbridge police also joined the day, arresting one person for failing to appear at court, issuing a warning for cannabis possession and performing two stop and searches for drugs.

Food Hygiene Officers carried out checks at seven food premises and gave advice to new businesses while trading standards visited 10 businesses and raised a variety of issues.

A total of 40 residential properties were also earmarked for follow-ups to check they were not Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

Cllr Hatfull added: “The action days show people we have pride in the borough and they should too.

“It shows we are working hard with our partners to address the concerns of our residents and by working together we can all make a real difference.”


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