UPDATE 4: September 27: And still our loyal reader continues to find examples of criminal fly tipping, lack of good neighbourliness or plain and simple selfish laziness, and send us pictures of the sad and bad state of Croydon’s grotty streets.
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What is it about the area around Thornton Heath that makes some think that they can get rid of their rubbish and unwanted furniture by leaving it on someone else’s doorstep (this is a rhetorical question)?
And it is not just in the north of the borough where there’s a messy problem smeared all across our streets.
UPDATE 3: September 21: Thanks to our loyal reader (and we think there might be more than one), the email inbox at Inside Croydon Towers is full to bursting with rubbish pictures. Either that, or the iOS7 download has gone horribly wrong.
What has come, with some pictures having been taken over the last six weeks or so, demonstrates that it is not just fly tippers who are using Croydon’s streets as a dumping ground.
The first image was contributed by the Sage of Waddon, Arfur Towcrate.
Some dumping “sites” around the borough appear to be used by people just too lazy to put their bins out when the regular collections take place.
Scroll down this page to September 14 and see the fly tipping on Fairgreen Road.
Once that got cleared, barely a day later this was the scene…
But local businesses and neglect by the council also contribute to the problem. The absence of Street Scene officers – axed by this council to “save” money, regardless of the costs incurred in clearing up the mess left on our now unpatrolled roads – is repeatedly demonstrated to be a penny wise, pound foolish decision.
Our loyal reader tells us that this heap of rubbish is on Hathaway Road, near the junction with London Road. The pile has been added to, bag by festering bag, for about three weeks.
“It’s an absolute health hazard and an eyesore,” our reader says. “Unfortunately, it’s not at all unusual for this location.”
There’s more pictures of random rubbish vandalism which we will have to post in the next day or so.
For the time being, we leave you with the picture above, from Thornton Heath, which somehow symbolises Croydon in 2013…
UPDATE 2: September 18: And now we are shown how potentially dangerous Croydon Council’s neglect of our streets can be… and not just in the non-Tory-voting areas of the north of the borough, either.
Today’s Croydon Guardian carries a damning report about the council’s failure to act on residents’ reports of fly tipping, highlighting the instance of a lorryload of dangerous asbestos dumped in Coulsdon. The council has been accused of being “negligent” over the matter.
It took Croydon Council six weeks to clear the rubbish – which requires specialist waste handling procedures because of the long-term damage to health, including causing cancer, which inhaling asbestos dust can have. The council only cleared the waste after intervention on behalf of the residents by the newspaper and their MP.
According to the Croydon Guardian’s front page report, “Experts have said the waste material should have been cleaned up within 24 hours and was particularly dangerous because it had been broken up.
“But instead council contractors refused to touch the dangerous corrugated asbestos sheets when they visited the alley – where children regularly play – in early August.”
UPDATE 1: September 14: And still the rubbish piles up in our streets, while residents’ reports of fly tipping to Croydon Council pass, apparently ignored and not acted upon.
The picture above was submitted by a reader Terry Coleman to our Twitter feed, @InsideCroydon.
And as the picture above shows, rubbish dumpers around the borough regard the Croydon Council’s warning signs with complete disdain. Clearly, the council’s reputation for inaction against fly tippers is well known.
First published September 11: Here at Inside Croydon Towers, we like to think of ourselves as being “green” (with a small G), dutifully putting out our recycling boxes each week. Though we had no idea that it was these boxes that were part of some hideous Brussels conspiracy to cause ever-rising levels of fly tipping on our streets (click here and scroll down to read the comment from local UKIP big-wig Peter Staveley, for surely the most specious piece of anti-Europe nonsense since the Daily Wail accused the EU of banning bent bananas).
We digress. We like to think our journalism is green, too, never failing to recycle a story when appropriate.
And so it is that we are re-visiting the Garbage Gallery, last seen in the spring of 2012 but clearly well overdue for another airing.
And with some of the smells being wafted from the many piles of rubbish around the borough, uncleared and uncleaned by Croydon Council, we are sure that our loyal reader will be able to assist with providing us with plenty of material.
Our first Garbage Gallery was posted around the time that Croydon was axing of a number of the council’s Street Scene Officers early last year. Clearly, that’s something that has worked well, with the amount of fly tipping across the borough more than doubled in the subsequent 12 months. Well done Phil “Two Permits” Thomas and his Tory colleagues in charge of the council for making yet another cut in services which ends up costing the Council Tax-payers of Croydon even more.
Here at Inside Croydon, together with our loyal reader, we intend to do our bit: we’ll post your images of the rubbish lying across our streets if you send us jpgs of the incidents, to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with an idea of where the picture was taken and your name and a contact number (these are not for publication, but just so that we can contact you if necessary).
And our loyal reader will of course lodge the incident with the council’s helpline –
020 8686 4433
– though this, of course, will only be done between 9am and 5pm on weekdays, as the council call centre has also seen its hours of service cut (presumably so that Council Leader Mike Fisher and his chums can divert public money to pay for the £140 million cost of the shiny new glass palace, or Fisher’s Folly, which opens later this month, and which is so essential to the lives and well-being of the borough’s residents).
Here at Inside Croydon Towers, though, we are open all hours, so keep sending your rubbish pictures to us.
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- Croydon in 2012: The Garbage Gallery
- Fly tipping more than doubled in Croydon since 2010
- Dirty Croydon: “I’m ashamed of the dirty state of my road”
- Croydon in a Pickles again over its rubbish service
Coming to Croydon
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- Minster’s musical celebration for Silver Sunday: Oct 6
- Rent at the Secombe Theatre: Oct 9-12
- Debate the future of arts in Croydon: Oct 10
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