Enormous £10,000 Upminster fly-tip may contain deadly asbestos
07:00 30 June 2016 (Romford Recorder)
A fly tip that will cost £10,000 to remove has been dumped on the borough’s country roads for the second time this year.
A huge fly tip has been dumped in Little Gerpins LaneA huge fly tip has been dumped in Little Gerpins Lane
The industrial scale dump was left in Little Gerpins Lane, Upminster, last week.
It completely blocked the road construction waste and building materials, which Havering Council officers fear may contain highly-dangerous asbestos.
Cllr Osman Dervish, Havering Council’s cabinet member for environment, regulatory services and community safety said: “We’ve seen an increase in industrial scale fly-tipping and we’ve had more than enough of this. Inevitably it’s the council taxpayers will have to pay to remove this latest fly-tip, money that has to be taken away from other crucial frontline services.
“We have invested more time and resources into fly-tipping and are reviewing our strategy for these major fly-tipping incidents. We will be investigating this fly-tip, looking for any personal belongings to trace down where it originated from and aim to prosecute the fly-tipper.”
In the past year almost 3,000 cases of fly-tipping have been recorded in the borough at a cost to the tax payer of more than £140,000.
All the CCTV enforcement vehicles are too busy on the lucrative parking hotspots.
Gerpins lane fly tipping was the responsibility of Mr Benham, who promised to crack down on it but it would appear that Mr Dervish is the new fly-tipping warden. Perhaps he'll have more success in capturing the phantom tipper/s?
They could still be traced and an attempt made to prosecute, but the only people that can be made to pay are of course those that have a fixed abode and something to lose.
The first step 'though is to positively identify the culprit otherwise somebody will continue to charge the council (us taxpayers) extortionate sums of money for the clear up. I wonder who has the contract for that?
It may become related in the future if they are not moved on quickly.
As regards the water cannon, I'm not sure if they are still for sale or not, but I believe they are still not licenced to be used here on the mainland.
Travellers in Hornchurch car park ignore eviction notice.
16:09 11 July 2016
Matthew Clemenson (Romford Recorder)
Travellers have refused to leave the former Mecca Bingo site in High Street, Hornchurch
Travellers have refused to leave a plot of land owned by supermarket chain Lidl despite being served with an eviction notice ordering them to move on by 10am on Sunday.
Lidl, which owns the land behind the former Mecca Bingo in High Street, Hornchurch, served the travellers with a 24-hour eviction notice on Saturday, just a day after they were reported to have moved on to the abandoned car park, which had previously been locked.
The notice, clearly displayed on the broken gate of the car park over the weekend, read: “Lidl UK are owners of the land you are trespassing on and require you to leave.
“You are here without consent and are therefore trespassers and have no right to remain. You should therefore leave together with all your vehicles and goods by 10am Sunday July 10.”
The notice concluded by warning the travellers that bailiffs would be used to evict them if they ignored the police, but as of 3.30pm today they remain on the site.
When approached this weekend, one member of the traveller community said: “We’ll leave when we want to leave.”
Huge fly-tip of ‘grey ashes’ and wood discovered in Gerpins Lane, Upminster
15:39 22 August 2016
Chloe Farand (Romford Recorder)
Enormous fly-tip discovered in Gerpins Lane, Upminster, on Sunday
Another enormous fly-tip was found at a notorious dumping hot spot.
A motorist came across the seven piles of waste on Sunday after walking up Gerpins Lane, Upminster, to find out why the road was closed.
One pile of palette wood, one pile of various bits of wood and five piles of grey ash were blocking the road.
“There were seven piles so there must have been seven loads of it from a big bulky lorry.
“The grey ash looked like processed waste. Looking at the size of the heaps I am estimating there is about 70 tonnes of waste,” said the motorist, who preferred not to be named.
“Around these lanes it seems to be happening around once a month at the moment.
“It’s annoying the road is closed, it’s annoying people just dump waste but it is also costing the council over thousands of pounds to clean it up. We are paying for this and this is money that could be spent on libraries and schools. This is criminal,” he added.
Havering Council has been contacted for comment. More to follow.
I think it really demonstrates the lack of control the council have to do anything other than tax us fine us the ordinary home owners and renters while letting those who break the rules get away with it and in effect be encouraged by the councils lack of effective control.In short most of the 54 are a waste of money having no real role to play.Havering is an anomoly a borough of elderly white largely middle class people surrounded by modern mixed society and badly lead by a council out of touch with peoples needs.The destruction of all the clubs and advice centres on the excuse of austerity is one example of the waste of peoples abilities wrought by this nasty group of self serving individuals.marginalise, seperate label and exclude is this councils way to destroy local society and ensure they can charge us more and more for less and less with no effective opposition.