New council partnership aims to keep Redbridge streets cleaner
Published: 9 January 2020
Redbridge Council is stepping up its efforts to target those individuals who commit anti-social behavior, and reduce the quality of life for other people in the borough.
The council is joining forces with a new enforcement contractor in an exciting new partnership – and one that will help strengthen its existing tough stance on those who do not clean up after their dogs and litter the borough.
Redbridge Council takes a zero-tolerance approach to the issues of litter and has already had many successes in prosecuting fly-tippers. Litter and dog fouling are also important concerns for residents and the council.
As part of its partnership with Local Authority Support (Kingdom), which provides enforcement services on behalf of the council, it will be introducing more uniformed street patrols across the borough to tackle these problems. The new team will carry out regular daily patrols and identify “hot spot” areas and issue fines, when necessary.
The team will be trained to the highest standards, working alongside the Redbridge enforcement team, and have the support of staff, experienced in doing this kind of work.
John Howard, Cabinet member for Civic Pride at Redbridge Council, said: We’re really proud of our borough and we will do everything we can to make it as clean and tidy as possible for people who live and work here.
“That is why we will be once again targeting those selfish individuals who show complete disregard for the local community and environment by fly-tipping, littering and allowing their dogs to foul our streets and footpaths.
“The recent recruitment of nearly 40 new staff to our street cleaning division shows that we are firmly committed to keeping our neighbourhoods clean and tidy. As a council, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to address environmental crime. We believe this partnership will enable us to address this problem and other related offences.”
- The officers will wear an identifiable uniform and a body worn camera and will identify themselves when dealing with the public.
- A penalty charge (Fixed Penalty Notice) of £150 will be issued to anyone aged 18 or over caught dropping litter (including cigarette butts), or failing to pick up dog fouling after their dog.
- Details on how to pay will be on the FPN.
- Anyone issued with an FPN has 14 days to pay the £150 fine without further court action being taken.
- Should payment fail to be made it may be appropriate for a formal prosecution to be taken that could result in a larger financial fine and court conviction.