Council works with landowners to reduce fly-tipping

Tuesday 4 June 2024

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has been working with landowners across the borough to reduce fly-tipping on private land, following complaints from residents.

The privately owned Archway Court had become a hotspot for fly-tipping, often spilling onto the public highway. The Council contacted the landowners to help, including fencing off the area and putting up signs warning that the area is monitored by CCTV.

The Council recommended the landowner install CCTV cameras which have been a successful deterrent for fly-tippers, as well as providing extra security for residents living in the block.

Complaints of unkept and untidy land on the MacBean Street Development in Woolwich prompted the Council to contact the developer who owned it. After a thorough inspection of the site and review of land registry documents, the Council wrote to inform the company that they had 14 days to restore the land to a satisfactory condition.

Faced with the threat of an enforcement notice, the landowner cleared the land within 10 days of receiving the report. Since then, the landowner has committed to maintaining and inspecting the land regularly to prevent it from becoming a nuisance and to avoid attracting vermin.

A Council spokesperson said: “By responding both proactively and reactively to complaints, we can help landowners keep their land in a good condition, making sure that our borough is a clean, safe and desirable place to live and work.”

To report any cleaning issues in the borough’s streets or parks such as littering, fly-tipping, graffiti or overflowing bins visit fix.royalgreenwich.gov.uk.