Major crackdown on fly-tipping and 'environmental crime' during day of action in Sutton

A major crackdown on fly-tipping and ‘environmental crime’ in the New Cross area of Sutton has been hailed a success by council chiefs.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 4:20 pm

The day of action was carried out by Ashfield District Council’s environmental teams, who also cleared roads and pathways of weeds, litter and dog mess.

Road sweepers were sent out to clean areas which had excessive dirt and rubbish on verges and gutters – while a service road to the rear of Outram Street was also tidied up.

Residents and businesses were also asked to help identify problem hotspots for fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood during the exercise.

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Ashfield District Council has carried out a major day of action to tackle 'environmental crime' in the New Cross area of Sutton.
Ashfield District Council has carried out a major day of action to tackle 'environmental crime' in the New Cross area of Sutton.

The event was organised by Coun Samantha Deakin, who represents Sutton Central and New Cross, and she was joined by council leader Jason Zadrozny and council officers.

“This is the first part of work to gain a better understanding of the area’s needs,” said Coun Deakin. “We know that parts of New Cross have long-standing problems, so this is just the start of work to strengthen communities and make residents feel pride within their local area.”

A dedicated environmental enforcement team starts work next month to tackle littering and dog fouling across the district.

The council will be working with specialist private sector enforcement provider WISE as part of a 12-month pilot that will see fixed penalty notices issued to anyone caught committing ‘environmental crime’.

Coun Deakin said: “Across the district we are taking huge steps to crack down on those who choose to commit environmental crime.”