Fly-tipping and littering on the borough’s streets landed another 10 people with fines and court convictions this week under the council’s ongoing Don’t Mess With Croydon -Take Pride campaign.
Croydon magistrates ordered the 10 defendants to pay a total of £2,100 on Tuesday for offences ranging from fly-tipping local businesses’ waste to dumping household rubbish and littering cigarettes.
The council has now successfully prosecuted 90 people since launching the Don’t Mess campaign, which combines enforcement with encouraging over 280 locals to lead community litter picks.
Tuesday’s prosecutions were:
- Saima Jan, of London Road in Norbury, was ordered to pay a total of £450 for fly-tipping black sacks and cardboard boxes of household waste and business rubbish from Temptations in London Road onto the pavement on 16 November.
- Michael Laciofano, of Ten Tonne Tattoo in Godstone Road in Purley, was ordered to pay a total of £450 for fly-tipping black sacks of business waste on the pavement on 30 October.
- Raja Pervaiz Akthar, aged 58, of High Street in Thornton Heath, was ordered to pay a total of £150 for fly-tipping black sacks of waste in Bensham Manor Road on 22 October from the Brigstock Road branch of PFC.
- Jemma King, of Wentworth Road in Broad Green, was ordered to pay a total of £300 for fly-tipping black sacks of household waste on the pavement on 10 November.
- Jordanna Emmanuel-Brown, of Wentworth Road in Broad Green, was ordered to pay a total of £150 for fly-tipping black sacks of household waste and loose rubbish on the pavement on 10 November.
- Michaela Allen, of London Road in Croydon, was ordered to pay a total of £100 for fly-tipping black sacks, cardboard and other household rubbish on the pavement on 20 November.
- Denisa Mechurova, of Canterbury Road in Broad Green, was ordered to pay a total of £150 for dropping a cigarette in Central Parade, New Addington, on 10 November.
- Joseph Walsh, aged 57, of Neville Walk in Carshalton, was ordered to pay a total of £150 for dropping a cigarette in North End on 14 November.
- Richard Fairbairn, of Cricklade Avenue in Streatham, was ordered to pay £100 for dropping a cigarette in Croydon High Street on 2 December.
- Ellie Reynolds, of Newstead Rise in Caterham, was ordered to pay £100 for dropping a cigarette in Purley High Street on 12 November.
As part of the campaign which launched in summer 2014, the council has also:
- Carried out more than 1,320 business licence inspections
- Encouraged over 240 businesses to sign a pledge to keep their street tidier
- Installed 80 dual rubbish and recycling bins along streets in the north of the borough
- Tightened rules on private business waste collection in Thornton Heath
“It’s everyone’s responsibility to do their bit in making our borough cleaner, so I hope these prosecutions lead to more people doing the right thing by not dumping waste illegally.”
Councillor Stuart Collins, deputy leader – Clean Green Croydon
Any resident or business found to have fly-tipped or used an unlicensed waste carrier faces unlimited fines and a possible court conviction.
For more information on how to get involved in the Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride campaign, visit the council website.
You can also report dumped waste via the council’s dedicated fly-tipping hotline on 0208 604 7000, the council’s My Croydon smartphone app or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org