Westminster named as second worst borough in London for fly-tipping


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Fly-tippers have reached new heights in Paddington after a set of garden furniture was found dumped on top of a bus shelter.

The wooden table and chairs were discovered at the Bishop’s Bridge Road junction with Gloucester Terrace by Westminster Council officers who carrying out a blitz on illegal dumping.

The discovery was as Westminster was named as the second worst borough in London for fly-tipping incidents in 2014/15.

Haringey was named as the worst in the city.

According to a report, complied by the Press Association through Freed of Information requests, Westminster recorded 17,922 incidents up from 17,121 the year before.

Last month the town hall increased patrols by its 75 inspectors in fly-tipping hotspots in the borough and urged residents to report incidents through a website function called Report It, an action line (0207 641 2000), or on Twitter using #FightTheFlytippers.

Anyone caught fly-tipping in the borough could be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500.

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Cllr Richard Beddoe, Westminster Council’s cabinet member for city management, said: “We have successfully launched a campaign to tackle this behaviour, as we cannot go around just picking up after everybody.

We want people to take pride in their neighbourhoods and help us reduce the blight on our streets.

“If we catch people in the act, we will have no hesitation in fining them.”

The council will collect bulky items such as mattresses and wardrobes for a fee of up to £22 for five items and £5 for each one thereafter.

Visit westminster.gov.uk/residential-bulky-waste for more information.