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Action Day Blitz on Enviro-crime and Anti-social Behaviour

The action days set up by Waltham Forest Council to crackdown on anti-social behaviour continue to make a big impact, with the latest leading to enforcement action for fly-tipping, littering and food safety, and over 30 new prosecutions initiated for landlord licensing breaches.


On Thursday 28 July an action day took place in the Larkswood and Valley wards as part of the Council’s commitment to tacking anti-social behaviour and enviro-crime, and improving property standards. 30 action days have been scheduled for 2016, each focusing on a different part of the borough. During the course of the day officers from the Council’s Neighbourhoods team issued nine fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for fly-tipping, each carrying a £400 fine. Non-payment of these fines could result in court action. A further 10 FPNs were issued for littering offences.


Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “This Council campaigned for years to get FPNs introduced for fly-tipping, and we are already making full use of these powers. We’re also not taking the option of issuing a lower level fine like some other councils, so anyone we catch will be slapped with the full £400. We will continue to take the strongest action possible against anyone caught blighting our borough with fly-tipping or littering.”


The action day also saw a number of visits carried out as part of the Council’s enforcement of its Private Rented Property Licensing scheme, which requires private landlords to have licences for every property they rent in the borough. During the day officers spoke to over 200 residents, carried out four scheduled property inspections, identified two unlicensed properties and initiated 32 new prosecution proceedings.


Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “Our landlord licensing scheme is already making a real difference in reducing anti-social behaviour and driving up property standards. Landlords who think they can avoid the scheme need to think again, as we have already secured 30 prosecutions for refusing to obtain a licence, with courts ordering fines and costs in excess of £100,000.”


The action days, which launched in January 2016, are carried out by a task force made up of services from across the Council.


Other activity on 28 July included a number of food safety inspections, which led to one business being served with a hygiene improvement notice. The Licensing team carried out a number of inspections on premises selling alcohol, issuing eight suspension notices for non-payment of annual fees. The Planning team carried out 10 inspections, with eight properties now being subject to further investigation, and the Trading Standards team issued advice to residents as part of Scam Awareness Month.


For more information on landlord licensing visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/prpl. For more information on Neighbourhoods and to report enviro-crimes such as fly-tipping visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/neighbourhoods.



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