Redbridge council now have new enforcement powers to tackle problems such as fly-tipping by issuing instant £400 fines without the long and costly process, otherwise known as “due process”, of taking people to court.
During a recent Action Day two fly-tippers were handed £400 on-the-spot fines by the council’s enforcement team. The duo were caught red-handed on Wednesday 19 October when rubbish dumped in Goodmayes High Road was traced back to their address. So far eleven £400 fines have been issued since the new powers came into effect earlier this month.
Cabinet Member for Civic Pride, Councillor Darth Hatfull said “Do not underestimate our new powers. If you don’t treat Redbridge with respect we will look for, we will find you, and we will fine you.”
As part of their new duties the enforcement team also visited 60 businesses and asked for proof of contracts to show they are disposing their trade waste responsibly, plus residents in flats were also advised on correct waste disposal.
The Action Day, the sixteenth since the initiative began in December 2014, had more than 20 officers and Police dealing with a wide range of other local problems.
One person was arrested for failing to appear in court (obviously not a fly-tipper), another issued a warning for cannabis possession plus the usual stop and searches for drugs. Food Hygiene Officers carried out checks at seven food premises and gave advice to new businesses while Trading standards visited 10 businesses and raised a variety of issues including food not being priced and poor pricing.
A total of 40 residential properties were also earmarked for follow up checks to check for Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
Darth added, “I sense a new hope and the return of the alliance between council and residents to restore order and pride in our borough.”
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