Prosecutions, covert and fly-tipping 'action squads' part of new Croydon Council crackdown

Croydon Guardian: Some of the fly-tipping that has plagued Croydon Some of the fly-tipping that has plagued Croydon

A bolstered arsenal featuring tougher fines, prosecutions, hidden cameras and a new fleet of rubbish removal trucks has been unveiled after the council launched a crackdown on fly-tipping and filth.

Greater emphasis on prosecution, a dedicated fly-tipping hotline and a landlord licensing scheme also form part on the new Labour administration's war on waste.

Labour made the issue a central focus in its election campaign, with councillors frequently highlighting piles of dumped rubbish in Croydon North and leader Councillor Tony Newman claiming there was "major concern across Croydon about the state of the streets".

The council plans to spent an initial £249,000 piloting the crackdown, which forms part of a campaign dubbed Don't Mess With Croydon.

It will look to implement tougher punishments for offenders, using covert CCTV to identify them, with an emphasis on seeking prosecution for repeat culprits.

Fixed penalty notices handed to fly-tippers will increase from £75 to £80, and those who pay early will no longer receive a discount.

The number of penalties issued rose from 22 in 2012/13 to 243 the following year.

But prosecutions remain rare, with none in 2012/13 and one last year - though more remain in progress.

There were 15,108 recorded fly-tipping incidents last year, up 26 per cent from 11,150 the previous year, in contrast to a fall nationally.

Two-thirds of fly-tips are in Croydon North, with the worst rates in Thornton Heath, West Thornton,Woodside, South Norwood and Selhurst.

Coun Stuart Collins, cabinet member with the newly created portfolio of Clean Green Croydon, said: "The volume of calls shows interest in reporting fly-tipping has been sky-rocketing recently and we want to capitalise on this to keep the reports coming in. O

"Over just the last few weeks we've had approaching 1,500 reported incidents from across the borough. This is great, because the sooner we hear about a problem, the sooner we can investigate who might have been to blame, issue fines, and get it cleared up.

"These  calls show how much pride people already have in Croydon – again, this is a brilliant starting point and we'll be doing everything possible to keep up the momentum.

He added: "Of course the flip side of this is the picture it paints of the scale of the problem. In the long term we have to stop people dumping rubbish in the first place.

"We'll be making it increasingly easy for people to get rid of their waste in the proper way - and for those who don't they can look forward to a significant cash fine or a court prosecution, and quite likely being publicly named and shamed."

The council also believes a new licensing system that will mean private landlords must pass health and safety tests before letting property will cut fly-tipping, citing Government data that shows 75 per cent of dumped waste is from households.

There are also plans for existing rubbish collection contractor Veolia to provide three fly-tip "reaction teams" to collect reported waste within 48 hours.

The proposals will be considered by the council's cabinet at a meeting on Monday.

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12:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Spice75 says...

people's put so much rubbish everywhere,this is because the people's who collect the rubbish don t collect them the bags left on the floor, plus are most dirty scum-bag who leave the bins full up and untidy . This rubbish attach rats and fly ,most around South Norwood and Woodside are very dirty .
people's put so much rubbish everywhere,this is because the people's who collect the rubbish don t collect them the bags left on the floor, plus are most dirty scum-bag who leave the bins full up and untidy . This rubbish attach rats and fly ,most around South Norwood and Woodside are very dirty . Spice75
  • Score: -6

1:09pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Deltablue says...

Does this include monitoring travellers who enter the borough, and then move on leaving mountains of rubbish behind?. I'm not talking about the travellers on fixed sites, who generally don't pose a problem regarding fly-tipping. Instead of brushing private land owners off with the old "its private land - we can't act" line, the council should be working hand in hand with them to deal with this problem. The point being that if they have no respect for the law regarding fly-tipping, what other crimes are they getting up to whilst they are in the borough?
Does this include monitoring travellers who enter the borough, and then move on leaving mountains of rubbish behind?. I'm not talking about the travellers on fixed sites, who generally don't pose a problem regarding fly-tipping. Instead of brushing private land owners off with the old "its private land - we can't act" line, the council should be working hand in hand with them to deal with this problem. The point being that if they have no respect for the law regarding fly-tipping, what other crimes are they getting up to whilst they are in the borough? Deltablue
  • Score: 12

2:16pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Now if the local council used their CCTV camera cars to catch these evil beggars, then I think most people would consider that a good use of resources.
Now if the local council used their CCTV camera cars to catch these evil beggars, then I think most people would consider that a good use of resources. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 6

4:19pm Sun 29 Jun 14

G_Whiz says...

Crackdown haha - our authorities are running scared of the travelling community. Pathetic lack of any spine.
High vis jacket + fake number plates + no fixed abode = get away with absolutely anything.
Crackdown haha - our authorities are running scared of the travelling community. Pathetic lack of any spine. High vis jacket + fake number plates + no fixed abode = get away with absolutely anything. G_Whiz
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