Residents’ concerns lead to council crackdown on law breakers
Published: 8 August 2019
The council teamed up with the local police for a day of action to tackle community concerns around Ilford Lane.
Taking place on Wednesday July 24, the day resulted in a string of successes including the identification of an illegal HMO, 32 fines being issued for motoring offences, four fines for breaches of street trading law and the removal of cosmetics that failed to meet legal standards.
Eight businesses were issued notices to provide evidence they were removing their commercial waste legally.
Under the initiative all licensed properties were checked, and late-night premises were prioritised for regulatory checks.
Further inspections were carried out on five rental properties in the area and 12 food premises – with three earmarked for follow-up action.
The last few months have seen an increased police and council enforcement presence on Ilford Lane to combat crime and to support the ground-breaking PSPO, banning attempts to buy sexual services from another person in a public place.
These joint enforcement, high-visibility patrols have already reduced street prostitution in the area.
CCTV and ANPR enforcement, intelligence gathering, and tasking are also being used to counter trouble hotspots in the area.
The Ilford Lane action day was headed up by officers from across a range of council service areas including Housing, Trading Standards, Cleansing and Enforcement.
The teams were also on hand to speak with residents who gave positive feedback on improvements being undertaken locally.
Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council, said:
“I’m really pleased with the results of our action day. Of course, our uniformed Enforcement Team and other council agencies work all year round to tackle anti-social behaviour, environmental crime like fly-tipping, and enforce our Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs).
“However days of action like these, when we bring the whole team to together, are an effective way to drive down crime and focus on issues which are particularly important to local people – like kerb crawling along Ilford Lane.
“We want to send a clear message that we will not hesitate to enforce the full weight of the law on those who choose not to follow the rules and spoil the borough for others.”