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19th May 2019

Fly-tipping fines to increase amid claims West Hampstead has become rubbish bag 'obstacle course'

    Chantelle de Villiers at the Town Hall on Monday night

    Published: 25 November, 2016

    PENALTIES for fly-tipping are to be upped as the Town Hall comes under fire for piles of uncollected rubbish stacking up in West Hampstead.

    Councillors were told that the area’s reputation was being “undermined by the state of West End Lane” by two women who asked to speak at Monday’s all-member meeting.

    Chantelle de Villiers said residents found themselves “manoeuvring through an obstacle course created by piles of rubbish”.

    She added: “Although not all fly-tipping is business waste, it is often led by businesses depositing waste at the wrong time or indeed the wrong place, and then other fly-tippers adding to the waste left by businesses. 

    “Waste left for collection seems also to be attracting loose waste, creating an untidy and unclean appearance, and leading to an increase in vermin.”

    Chantelle de Villiers speaks in front of Monday's full council meeting

    Her ideas included changes to collection times, stiffer fines for fly-tippers and a public bin at West End Green for restaurants to use if they had missd the last pick-up.

    “West Hampstead is a desirable neighbourhood with a great reputation but that is somewhat being undermined by the state of West End Lane,” she added

    Helen Harris told the meeting “the battle is ongoing”, adding: “We enjoy the diverse restaurants and bars and it’s a shame that the experience is blighted by the mess, perhaps more cooperation is needed to ensure the most suitable collection times.”

    Environment chief Councillor Meric Apak said that the council was looking to crack down on fly-tipped rubbish.

    “We are bringing tougher penalties and tougher controls to offenders,” he added. “We are doubling the penalties and also making the process much more easier to follow through.”

    Conservative councillor Oliver Cooper said the idea of bigger fines had first been suggested by his party, and that he was glad the Labour-run council was listening to the opposition. 

    While fines will be ratcheted up to £200, however, the Tories believe they should be raised as high as £400, in line with the penalty for people caught in neighbouring boroughs of Westminster and Islington.

    The deputation did not take up an invitation from West Hampstead ward councillor Phil Rosenberg, part of the Labour group, to campaign against cuts to local government spending. Ms de Villiers said: “I wouldn’t want to get into party politics. I’m just a resident. I walk down West End Lane pretty much every day and I’m having to walk over these piles of bin bags. I don’t think this is about cuts. Maybe there could be better use of the money that has been allocated to you.”

    Liberal Democrat councillor Flick Rea said: “If you solve the problem of flats over the shops with no access to the bins, you’ll solve the problem not just for West Hampstead but right across the capital.”



    Re: Rubbish in the streets of West Hampstead.

    There is always a lot of rubbish on the streets of West Hampstead. People leave things they think others might like. OK but they get peed on by dogs and rained on. I have seen huge, a foot long and fat, rats, dead in the street. There must be live ones around somewhere. It's very disturbing. It doesn't help that the council issue shops with sacks for rubbish. Perfect for wild animals to tear open, feast and leave rubbish strewn around. Such a shame in a lovely neighbourhood. Proper bins would make a start and a skip for discarded possessions, put out for locals to use. Some educational posters may be helpful for people not used to civilised living. Someone leaves bread on the street in Narcissus Road. Also good to encourage vermin.

    Council-sponsored fly-tipping

    By law, pavements are ONLY for walking on, not for depositing rubbish sacks or anything else. The Council is therefore breaking the law with its time-banded commercial waste arrangements which allow for shops and restaurants to leave their rubbish on the streets for collection.

    The following article from the 'Clean Highways' website clearly sets out the legal position:

    You Think Its Bad Now? Just wait

    Well, just wait until April when the area is likely to move to a fortnightly general waste collection for residents. There will be rubbish everywhere!

    By next summer we are going to be swimming in the stuff - and who is this to blame for this? Councillor Meric Apak and his ridiculous plans for waste collections (oh, no, I mean money saving) in the area.

    Fortnightly rubbish collections in Camden

    I can't see how Camden Council's idea of fortnightly rubbish collections can work in areas such as West Hampstead because there are so many flats that don't have anywhere to store one weeks worth of rubbish as it is, let alone two. It may work for terraced houses with gardens but what about all the other residential properties?


    Broadhurst is also a rubbish tip...the Gallery being the worst offender..large piles of rubbish...billboards...crowds of drinkers...nowhere for pedestrians to walk!?


    Broadhurst is also a rubbish tip...the Gallery being the worst offender..large piles of rubbish...billboards...crowds of drinkers...nowhere for pedestrians to walk!?

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