Residents’ concerns addressed during action day

Published: 21 March 2019

More than 20 people attended a street surgery on Ilford Lane during the latest Redbridge action day last Friday.

Residents were invited to discuss local concerns about prostitution and public safety in the area with council enforcement officers, local councillors and the police.

Redbridge Council was the first local authority in the country to issue fines to tackle prostitution following historic problems in Ilford.

Twelve people were handed on-the-spot fines for offences ranging from fly-tipping to littering during the operation.  Three fly-tips were also removed.

Enforcement officers spoke to 19 businesses about licensing and food hygiene officers carried out checks at nine eateries to give advice on hygiene and registration.

A total of 49 suspected HMO’s were visited, with six earmarked for follow-up and possible action.

Immigration officers also joined the day, performing searches of six businesses and arresting one suspect for having no legal status.

Trading Standards carried out checks on lettings agents and will follow up with compliance checks on 12.   

Cllr Bob Littlewood, Cabinet Member for Crime, Safety and Community Cohesion, said: “These action days show we are continuing to work hard alongside our partners to address the concerns of local residents and make a very real difference to our neighbourhoods.  We won’t hesitate to crack down on people who don’t follow the rules and I’m delighted we were able to make an impact through a combination of tough enforcement action, a visible presence on the street and checks on businesses.”

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