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Court fine on the menu for three Redbridge restaurants in council crackdown on grime crime

Published: 10 January 2023

Redbridge Council ended last year with a series of court prosecutions against restaurants committing grime crimes and warned the crackdown on businesses behaving badly in the borough will continue in 2023.

The New Year warning came as Ilford based restaurants Wah Bey on Cranbrook Road; Kitchenette Lounge Ltd on York Road, and Ali Curry House, on High Road, were taken to court by Redbridge Council, in three separate prosecutions, after failing to store their commercial waste properly.

The trio were already on the council’s watchlist after being issued Section 47 legal notices under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which makes specific requirements as to how commercial waste should be stored.

During random checks throughout last year, Redbridge Enforcement Officers discovered large commercial waste bins belonging to the businesses open and overflowing with rubbish, in breach of their legal notice.   

The bins were found in this state by Enforcement Officers on four occasions for Wah Bey, four occasions for Kitchenette Lounge Ltd and on one occasion for Ali Curry House, and on each occasion the respective businesses were issued a fixed penalty notice by the Enforcement Team. 

Despite repeated reminder letters the fixed penalty notices remained unpaid by each business leading to all three being successfully prosecuted at the end of last year.

Redbridge Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride Cllr Jo Blackman, warned: “We all have a duty to keep our borough clean and tidy, and this includes businesses. The failure to correctly store commercial waste presents a threat to the environment and public health, as well as being an eyesore.

“The majority of our local businesses act responsibly and store their commercial waste properly. For any who aren’t doing this, these prosecutions should serve as a strong warning that Redbridge Council will continue taking tough action against those businesses who refuse to act responsibly and legally when disposing of their waste.”

Wah Bey: Company directors, Syed Mohammed Bokhari and Sarfraz Ghaffar, were summoned to Barkingside Magistrates Court on December 6, charged with four counts of breaching the Sec 47 notice. The Magistrates heard the case in their absence as they failed to attend the hearing and found all charges proved, leading to a fine as well as council costs, and Victims Surcharge – all totalling £2,242.

Kitchenette Lounge Ltd: The company was summoned to Barkingside Magistrates Court Dec 6, charged with four counts of breaching the Sec 47 Notice. The Magistrates heard the case in the company’s absence as the company failed to attend the hearing and found all charges proved, leading to a fine as well as council costs, and Victims Surcharge – all totalling £2,135.

Ali Curry House: The business owner Mohammed Anwar, was summoned to Barkingside Magistrates Court Dec 6, charged with one count of breaching the Sec 47 Notice. The Magistrates heard the case in Anwar’s absence as he failed to attend the hearing and found the charge proved, leading to a fine as well as council costs, and Victims Surcharge – all totalling £997

Find out more about waste disposal, waste reduction and recycling in Redbridge on: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/bins-waste-and-recycling/

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