Greenwich Council have won an award for tackling flytipping at the Keep Britain Tidy awards.
For those of us who live and visit certain areas, this could well be up there with Southeastern last week winning rail business of the year.
Or perhaps the judges just didn’t bother looking at areas like Abbey Wood.
This weekend was quite typical with the same mess in the same areas all over the town.
Ironically a Greenwich Cllr who represents Abbey Wood is included in the authority’s news story patting themselves on the back.
Meanwhile Abbey Wood has numerous areas of neglect and areas of dumped rubbish.
Public land or private, councils have powers to deal with these issues.
The £6m public realm upgrade around Abbey Wood station also continues to be a mess.
The borough boundary runs along the middle though Bexley Council may be in charge of the Greenwich half.
Yet businesses and residents alongside this stretch are paying their taxes to Greenwich Council, so if they’ve allowed Bexley to take the lead, they should pushing for far better maintenance.
Things though don’t really improve when heading to areas which are 100 per cent Greenwich control.
I’ve long been passing rubbish dumped in the exact same spots on Abbey Wood estate for many, many years. Reporting it may get it picked up but within days more appears. Those dumping know it will be collected for free.
The authority do state “A 177% increase in the team’s enforcement activity, including the number of notices issued” though there’s no exact number so if starting from a very low base, it could still be a low number.
It’s a good start, but there’s a very long way to go and judging by the same areas again seeing the same old problems pro-active measures are still lacking.
Walking around Abbey Wood this weekend once again makes that very clear, and this award seems pretty laughable to those in neglected parts of the borough given minimal changes on the ground.