Less than 48 hours after Inside Croydon reported how Croydon Council had blighted a youth centre in Old Town with five years’ worth of blatant fly-tipping, workers were finally dispatched by Fisher’s Folly to start the work to clear the eyesore.
Included among the discarded mattresses, fridges, tyres and concrete slabs all dumped just a few feet from the entrance to the Charles Major Centre on Duppas Hill Terrace were even pieces of council office equipment – filing cabinets first acquired with council cash when they moved into Bernard Weatherill House just nine years ago.
Residents, community volunteers and even elected councillors in Waddon had been ignored despite five years of constant complaints and reminders about the council’s own fly-tipping outside the youth centre.
Senior council officials had often given promises that the mess would be cleaned up – only to then break their promises.
And then, this week, Inside Croydon exposed the council’s shabby conduct.
Yesterday, we received this message: “Thank you Inside Croydon!” Tony Harris, the former Waddon councillor, wrote.
“We locals have been trying to get this dumping stopped for five years!
“Not even the local Labour councillors could get it stopped or cleared.
“Thank you to retired councillor Robert Canning for putting it to Inside Croydon.
“Yesterday there was a contractor taking pictures and today a council official came and tidied it all up to make room for a skip to be delivered to start the removal.”
Harris, who remains very concerned about other fly-tipping issues along Duppas Hill Terrace, which have also been ignored by officials, reckons it could take three or four skips to clear the accumulated rubbish from five years of council abuse.
But it’s always good to see this website’s reporting achieving a positive outcome.
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