Published: Wednesday, 21st December 2016
Local fly-tipping hotspot in Thamesmead cleared after a report by a local champion.
A local Environment Champion is working with residents and Council officers to clamp down on fly-tipping and littering in his local area.
Jeffrey Tian contacted the Royal Borough's Enviro-crime Enforcement Team in November to report a fly-tip in a lay-by between Battery Road and Kentlea Road in Thamesmead. This area is known as a fly-tipping hotspot.
The Council's 'Plumstead Taskforce' quickly responded to the call, had the materials removed immediately and door-knocked local residents to encourage them to help tackle this type of crime.
Mr Tian further united local residents in committing to keep the local area free of litter. He also volunteered to work with the Council to establish a new Neighbourhood Watch team in the area to deter future fly-tips.
This latest initiative forms part of a wider Christmas crackdown on fly-tipping which saw the Royal Borough of Greenwich conducting joint operations with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Metropolitan Police to identify unlicensed waste vehicles. This resulted in a number of enforcement investigations and actions.
'Do all we possibly can to tackle fly-tipping'
Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment, said "We remain steadfast in our commitment to do all we possibly can to tackle fly-tipping. We have three taskforce teams which perform intelligence gathering, rapid fly-tip removal and issue £400 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) - the maximum fine allowed by law.
"However, we are clear that we cannot win this battle alone. We need the eyes and ears of residents like Mr Tian who provide invaluable intelligence and support.
"Our work with residents in Battery Road is part of a shift in our campaign to reporting fly-tippers and not just the fly tip. Through working together, we can drive up the fines and drive down the number of fly-tips in the borough."
'Ideas and measures to combat fly-tipping'
Local Environment Champion Jeffrey Tian added "I am very happy with the council's action and I believe the residents in this area must be very pleased to see such a big change. I am honoured to have the title of Environment Champion and I know we can continue to work jointly with the council on more ideas and measures to combat fly-tipping in this area."