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Keep Newham Clean campaign launched by council

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 April 2016

Fly-tipping is a huge problem in Newham. Picture: PA Images

Fly-tipping is a huge problem in Newham. Picture: PA Images

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Residents and visitors are being urged to keep Newham free of rubbish as the council invests more funds into street cleaning and law enforcement.

Vidmantas Berkus was prosecuted at Thames Magistrates' Court last week for parking up his van and fly-tipping on Dukes RoadVidmantas Berkus was prosecuted at Thames Magistrates' Court last week for parking up his van and fly-tipping on Dukes Road

The Keep Newham Clean campaign will encourage people to “take pride in their area” and use all the rubbish services available as the council launches a host of new initiatives to clamp down on the borough’s rubbish problem.

These include weekend street cleaning, visits by the council to inform residents of its services and extra resources to target fly-tipping hotspots.

A new £20 charge for bulky waste collections of six or more items has already been launched in a 12-month trial.

The move comes after Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales and cabinet members agreed to extra investment in the latest budget in response to residents who said that their top priorities were “to live in a clean and pleasant area, where they feel safe”.

Sir Robin said: “I am determined that Newham is a borough that residents feel proud of. This is why we have listened to the feedback and focused our limited resources towards improving our streets.

“We will also be supporting residents to help keep the borough clean, while cracking down on those who ruin the area for everyone else.”

Newham Council says it “remains committed” to weekly rubbish collections and fortnightly recycling pickups.

In a statement it said it will ensure highways are swept daily, parks are cleared of rubbish six days a week, shopping areas are continuously kept clean and all residential streets are visited twice a week.

Some 50 criminals have been take to court for fly tipping or failing to pay their fines, while a thousand fines have already been issued in Newham this year to people who have been caught dropping rubbish, spitting or urinating on the streets.

Last Thursday, a man who dumped 99 bags of clothing in Dukes Road, East Ham, between December 2015 and March 2016 was summoned to court.

Vidmantas Berkus, 59, of Roycroft Close, Woodford, was fined £2,100 for dumping the clothes he could not sell in ten fly tips, and for not being a registered waste carrier.

He was ordered by Thames Magistrates’ Court to pay the council’s costs of £1,760 and a victim surcharge of £20.


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