Camden is a soft touch for those intent on littering and fly-tipping
08 March, 2018
• I WAS shocked to see the doubling of fly-tipping and seven-fold increase of littering in the borough in the last year, uncovered by my colleague Henry Newman and covered in the New Journal, (Fly-tipping reports jump in the wake of new bin collections, March 1).
But I was even more shocked to see Camden’s cabinet member for waste collection haughtily dismiss the surge rather than resolving to do anything about it.
This would be the same cabinet member that steadfastly refuses to use his powers to impose proper fines on fly-tippers.
Right now Camden imposes £200 on-the-spot fines for the tiny fraction of fly-tippers that are caught, whereas almost every other borough imposes £400 fines. Labour have made Camden a soft touch, so it’s no surprise fly-tipping and littering is on the rise.
In fact Labour had no interest whatsoever in using its power to levy fines on fly-tippers until I pushed them into doing so in 2016: a policy the cabinet member at the time derided as my “big stick”, before then adopting it.
Now, it seems, they will have to be pushed again to impose real fines that provide a real deterrent.
Fortunately so long as Camden has Conservative councillors it will have a strong opposition needed to come up with the policies to clean up the mess Labour have made of our streets.
CLLR OLIVER COOPER
Conservative, Hampstead Town ward