This week’s council meeting revealed the number of fines issued for fly-tipping since new powers were introduced last year to increase fines from £75 to £400:
Some parts of the borough with endemic problems haven’t seen a single fine issued. It’s hard to know why none have been issued in Abbey Wood, for example, when some exact spots have seen fly tipping week after week for years.
And why are so few fines for the full amount of £400? 101 out of 115 fines were for £75 since April 2016. Just 14 fines were for £400 since last April which compares badly to Lewisham council who issued 28 £400 fines in three months alone last summer:
Some positive steps have been taken by Greenwich Council to patrol areas and and collect dumped rubbish. However it often seems too focused upon being reactive and lacking in measures to stop repeat offenders.
One possible way to improve the issue may be to implement landlord licensing. As many issues emanate from buy-to-lets, fees paid by landlords could bolster staff numbers to investigate offenders.
Ealing Council, to give one example, issue far more fines: