Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s drive for spotless streets continues as the H&F ‘Street Czar ‘spearheads the charge to stamp out fly-tipping and reduce mess.
The Street Czar – council officer Andy Stocker – now has access to 17 rapidly-deployable cameras. These are portable cameras installed at suspected fly-tipping ‘hot spots’, which will help with securing convictions against offenders.
He is now looking at ways to keep the areas around on-street recycling banks clean and tidy and making it easier for residents to get new recycling bags.
“We will not tolerate people deliberately leaving, or creating mess on our streets,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
“Over the past 11 months, our Street Czar has met with various residents’ groups to hear how he can work with them to keep their local area clean. And where we find persistent offenders, or can catch fly-tippers in the act, we will take the strongest possible action.”
Since taking on the role, Andy has met with many local residents, businesses and residents’ groups, working with them to keep the borough clean.
“Taking a hard line on offenders while working closely with residents is helping make a real difference,” Andy said. “I’ve worked with tenants and residents of Rainville Court estate in Fulham to help them reduce fly-tipping and create green space, and with the Avonmore Residents’ Association in Olympia to improve local cleanliness.”
The Czar has installed trial storage bins for recycling units on the Gibbs Green Estate, in West Kensington, to help make the area look neater and encourage residents to recycle more. The council is looking at new storage units for communal recycling bins on other estates, locations for installing deployable cameras and continues to target fly-tipping.
Recently, the council prosecuted a local shopkeeper for fly-tipping after they dumped mess near Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith. And after a man was caught fly-tipping in Fulham, Andy installed a six-foot long warning sign was at the site and residents have confirmed it has remained clean since.
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