Croydon’s Conservative-run council last night bowed to pressure from the opposition Labour group – and a few prods and pokes from the “Garbage Gallery” compiled by Inside Croydon’s readers – and announced at a Town Hall meeting that it is to spend £100,000 to deal with the problem of fly tipping across our streets.
Expect your neighbourhood to be spick and span come early May… just in time for the local elections.
The announcement comes with not only domestic rubbish spilling across our streets and random bits of furniture dumped on our pavements, but with seriously dangerous industrial waste – asbestos – being left unattended for weeks on end, as revealed by the Croydon Guardian.
As Inside Croydon reported last month, incidents of fly tipping in the borough have more than doubled since the Conservatives were re-elected to the Town Hall in 2010. And that’s just those cases where residents have actually been able to get through on the council’s phone lines to report the piles of garbage left festering on their doorsteps.
According to the council’s own figures, there are now more than 30 episodes of illegal tipping every day of the year.
The increase in fly tipping comes as charges for using council recycling centres have been increased, and following Croydon’s decision to move to fortnightly bin collections.
Given that just a few weeks ago Tory councillors dismissed complaints about the state of the borough’s streets as “a joke”, the £100,000 announced last night looks like an emergency spend by the Tory council ahead of the elections in May. The Conservatives had previously cut £1 million from the borough’s street-cleaning budget.
Last week, Croydon North’s Labour MP, Steve Reed OBE, announced the establishment of a commission to investigate the state of the litter-strewn streets across the north of the borough.
The commission is to operate independently of any political party. To be chaired by Nero Ughwujabo, the chief executive of Croydon BME Forum, the commission members include representatives from business, churches, mosques and residents’ associations.
The commission will hold a series of public hearings across Croydon North. The commission aims to submit a final report to the council before the end of the year.
Residents will be able to provide evidence including photographs via a website, by email, or by completing a written questionnaire.
“I am inviting residents to share their experience of litter, fly tipping and dumped rubbish on local streets,” Ughwujabo said.
“I also want to hear people’s views about how our streets could be kept cleaner. The commission aims to establish the scale of the problem and then make recommendations on how to improve it. I hope every political party contesting next year’s council elections will look at our final proposals and consider adopting them as part of their manifesto.”
And don’t forget, you can also send your rubbish pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Croydon in 2013: The Garbage Gallery revisited
- 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
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