One of the most frequent issues residents raise with me is the state of our streets.
Croydon Council spends millions of pounds a year cleaning up after people, both the litter that people drop as they’re walking down the street and bulky rubbish that is fly-tipped. I have long argued that a more holistic approach is needed to tackle this issue - rather than just paying to clean it up, we need to deter people from doing it in the first place - and I am delighted to see the Council is looking to do just that.
They’ve just announced that they’ll be spending £100,000 to deal with 15 of the borough’s worst locations for the illegal dumping of rubbish using increased enforcement patrols, new CCTV cameras, better signs, new bins, security gates and regular visits to local businesses.
The sites chosen for initial trials include neighbourhood recycling sites, small shopping parades, private service roads and residential streets. All but two of them are in the north of the borough. They are:
Bensham Manor Road
Colliers Water Lane
Meadow View Road
St Helen’s Crescent
The two that are in Croydon Central are Oval Road in Addiscombe and Central Parade in New Addington. I am obviously pleased they are on the list, but disappointed that Portland Road wasn’t included. Nevertheless, the Council reassure me that when the effectiveness of these solutions has been assessed, the best of them will be copied elsewhere around the borough and it’s good to see them giving this issue the priority it deserves.