Two of the main concerns that residents raise with me are litter and flytipping. Not only do they make the area look unsightly but there is strong evidence that when an areas looks neglected it is more likely to be targeted by criminals.
Since the Conservatives took control of Croydon Council, we have increased the frequency of street cleaning in many residential roads but unfortunately some people continue to drop litter - or, even worse, dump large amounts of rubbish on other people’s land rather than taking it to a recycling centre.
We already spend over £6 million of Council Taxpayers’ money every year cleaning our streets, one of the highest figures in London. We think it would be unreasonable to ask decent, law-abiding people to pay even more to clean up the mess caused by an irresponsible minority. We have therefore instructed our enforcement officers to start issuing fines to litterbugs and investigating flytipping to try to find out who is responsible and prosecute them, rather than just collecting the rubbish (the previous Labour administration hardly issued any fines for littering - their policy was to issue warning notices in most circumstances).
Litterbugs will be fined £75, reduced to £50 if they pay within 14 days, or they can do five hours community service. Law-abiding residents can do their bit too by reporting flytippers through the Council’s online reporting system at here or by calling 020 8726 6200.