Call for the 'Environment Enforcement Team'. The phantom fly-tipper strikes yet again.
Plans to shut Sunnings Lane, Upminster, after huge fly-tip found blocking road
07:00 29 November 2016
Chloe Farand (Romford Recorder)
A fly-tip blocking the road in Sunnings Lane Credit: Nigel Gallimore
A campaign is underway to close a section of a country lane as another “massive” fly-tip has been found blocking the road.
Residents in Sunnings Lane found a huge pile of waste had been dumped in the middle of the road on Friday, blocking the access.
This is not the first time residents have been surprised with huge amounts of rubbish and one resident, who preferred not to be named, said he sent the council more than 200 pictures of fly tips in the area over the last two years.
Sunnings Lane resident Nigel Gallimore said: “It’s a massive pile of rubbish. About two weeks ago it was a pile of rubble and construction material. This is happening on a weekly basis now but it doesn’t usually block the road.
“It’s becoming a real problem. I have lived here 25 years but in the last year it has got much worse.
“I think the solution is to shut part of the lane.”
Upminster Cllr Linda Hawthorn told the Recorder: “I have been campaigning for part of the lane to be shut for many years. The lane could be shut after the residential area and up to the junction with Bramble Lane.
“This is the only way I can think of to stop this from happening again. Those lanes are not really needed and it would make a nice walk to Bramble Lane.”
Cllr Hawthorn confirmed council officers were looking into the feasibility of the plan.
Cllr Ron Ower said the council would clear the lane on Wednesday.
He added: “Sadly, it’s happening regularly and the council are trying to stop it by installing CCTV cameras. We really feel for the residents there but it’s happening all around the area because there is huge money to be made for these organised gangs.”
Other residents took to social media to report of other similar incidents. One woman wrote on Facebook: “Dunnings Lane seems to suffer too with dumping of household appliances (three or four at a time!) and Fen Lane was blocked on Friday night by a similar ‘dropped load’ highly dangerous and environmentally damaging. Am sure if this happened on Hall Lane then there would be a far bigger outcry and subsequent action.”
Council spends £32k cleaning up chewing gum from streets
Havering Council spent a whopping £32,000 cleaning up chewing gum from the streets in 2015, a Freedom of Information Request has revealed.
Romford and Hornchurch’s town centres were scrubbed of the sticky substance last year, with three men spending 30 weeks cleaning the streets.
The year before, the council spent £20,000 cleaning South Street, Romford
Cllr Osman Dervish, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “In 2015 the council invested in new machinery to tackle the issue of chewing gum on our streets, which has been a massive success.
“I encourage residents and visitors to the borough to use the bins provided to dispose of chewing gum, as this will help us to keep Havering clean.”
Havering Council launched its Cleaner Havering campaign in 2012 after a survey found the top three priorities for residents in the borough were tackling dog mess, dealing with general litter and tackling vandalism.
Nicholas Priest, 26, of Bolberry Road, Collier Row, said: “Why clean it when it’s just going to get back again? You don’t trip up over chewing gum.
“Spend the money levelling the streets instead. We see many old ladies trip up outside here, and young people too, it’s not just the elderly.”
The council has invested more than £100,000 in new street cleaning machines, including a £40,000 pavement washer.
Amy Coates, 21, of Lyndhurst Drive, Hornchurch, said: “It’s a bit of a waste really. It’s a good idea but it is a bit much.”
The Local Environmental Quality Survey for England (LEQSE) 2014/15 found 64% of the 7,200 sites surveyed were affected by gum staining.
Lindsay Smith, 42, who works at Romford’s Age UK branch, added: “It’s a good thing but more needs to be done to stop it in the first place.
“You’ve got a lot of foot traffic here, it’s not an easy thing to do.”
Council seeks to prosecute fly-tippers caught during surveillance operation
Havering Council is seeking to prosecute fly-tipping offenders that were caught during a two-week undercover surveillance operation last week.
During the operation, officers identified four vehicles with drivers dumping waste, including asbestos.
One of the vehicles caught was then found deposited at Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, which is being further investigated.
The police is investigating all fly-tips for possible prosecution.
Cabinet member for the environment Cllr Osman Dervish said: “We have invested more time and resources into combatting fly-tipping in this borough and even caught four offenders in action during the operation. We are planning further operations and better surveillance to help us capture these criminals. Council taxpayers pay hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to remove fly-tips, money that has to be taken away from other crucial frontline services and we will not tolerate this.
“I encourage all residents to dispose of their waste legally and use the services provided.”
Well done Dervish.
Only £100,000 in clear up costs down the swannie but whats a six figure sum to a cash strapped council between friends? Especially mates of his wink wink.