Liberal Democrat councillors in Dollis Hill have targeted the fly-tippers who disfigure the streets of Brent, as part of their efforts to clean up their area.
Once again Brent is becoming known as one of London’s dirtiest boroughs after Labour cut the frequency of street cleaning. As a result street bins are over-flowing and litter is piling up in the streets.
Official council figures show that fly-tipping incidents have rocketed under Labour. The latest figures published by the council show that fly-tipping increased massively between 2010-11 and 2011-12 – reaching a rate of one fly-tip every 90 minutes.
Dollis Hill Liberal Democrat councillor Alison Hopkins said:
We know how much distress dirty streets and fly tipping cause. Javaid Ashraf, Jack Beck and I are working hard to keep Dollis Hill clean.
We report fly tipping and litter on an almost daily basis, and make sure we gather the evidence needed to prosecute wherever we can. Roads bordering on the North Circular are particular hot spots for dumping by builders and gardeners’ waste. We are monitoring those areas daily.
Recent work by Lib Dem councillors and council officials has led to the possible identification of persistent fly tippers in Brook Road, Tadworth Road, Gladstone Parade, Oxgate Parade and Kenwyn Drive, with the potential for legal action and even prosecution of the offenders.
Liberal Democrat councillors are pressing the council to revive the Streetwatchers scheme which Labour secretly abolished. The scheme involved local people volunteering time and effort to report issues on the streets of the borough and help keep Brent’s streets clean. The popular scheme was launched in 1999 and ran successfully until it was abandoned by the Labour council in 2011/12.
Councillor Hopkins added:
Increasingly I’m hearing members of the public say how much they hate seeing so much litter and fly-tipping in Dollis Hill. Sadly it shows that Labour has given up on the fight to keep our streets clean and pleasant. I and other Lib Dem councillors will keep working for a cleaner borough.
Labour has cut back on street cleaning several times. In October 2011 Labour councillors cut the frequency of street sweeping in residential streets to just once a week – a reduction from three times a week earlier in the year. Street sweeping in town centre areas at the weekends has also been badly affected.