Brent Council cracks down on fly-tippers

Sanket Mevada, of Bassingham Road in Wembley was fined £1052 for dropping litter on nearby Norton Road.

Sanket Mevada, of Bassingham Road in Wembley was fined £1052 for dropping litter on nearby Norton Road.

Fly-tippers be warned: Brent Council is coming after you.

The practice is now to be called “illegal dumping” by the local authority to make sure the borough’s residents understand the gravity of the offence.

It forms part of wider council policy changes to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The news comes after the Times learned that 34-year-old Sanket Mevada, of Bassingham Road, Wembley, was fined £1,052 last month by Willesden Magistrates’ Court for dumping two black bags full of rubbish in nearby Norton Road.

As well as sanctions on individuals, the council is looking at licensing all landlords following a pilot in Wembley Central, Willesden Green, and Harlesden to combat fly-tipping. Overcrowded households with a high turnover of residents are said to result in mattresses and other items routinely thrown out into the street.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, cabinet member for the environment, said: “It is completely unacceptable to dump household rubbish on the streets. The council provides a number of bins for residents to dispose of their rubbish correctly.

“It is damaging for the appearance of the local area and is a public health issue.”

Report illegal dumping using the Cleaner Brent app or emailing waste.enforcement@brent.gov.uk.

Source: Kilburntimes