Well done to Havering Council for tracking down a fly tipper and issuing them with a £400 fine.
The dumped rubbish was found at the foot tunnel near Jutsums Lane and Nursery Walk, Romford, earlier this month and traced back to a nearby address.
The resident at the address was served a FPN [Fixed Penalty Notice] totalling £400.
Havering is regularly in the top 10 of London boroughs carrying out enforcement action against fly tippers.
Yet fly tipping still costs the Council approximately £1m each year to deal with.
In December 2020, the Environmental Enforcement team received 19 reports relating to fly tipping and littering in the Brooklands ward alone. Of these reports, 11 resulted in various enforcement action being taken.
Later this month, the Council working in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, will be launching a campaign to tackle the issues of fly tipping in this ward.
In 2019, the Council launched its Cleaner Havering campaign aimed at making the borough cleaner and tidier, together with the help of residents.
This has included encouraging more reporting of fly-tipping and littering and increasing enforcement action around both.
Councillor Viddy Persaud, Havering’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety, said:
“We won’t tolerate the illegal dumping of waste and continue to encourage residents to report it to us and dispose of their rubbish legally and responsibly.
“Fly-tipping is a serious crime which negatively affects residents, businesses and the local environment.
“Each year we’re left with an unnecessary clean-up bill of around one million pounds. This is money which could be better spent on critical frontline services and improving the lives of our most vulnerable residents, especially in these difficult time as we fight coronavirus.”