1 - 5 January 2018
I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year for 2018.
I hope you had a good Christmas and I would like to thank all our residents and council staff who worked over Christmas and the New Year for their efforts in looking after each other and keeping the borough moving. The council is now fully open and operational.
I know that many people suffered from a nasty flu virus over the Christmas holiday. I went down with this too, and know first-hand how horrible it is. I am contactable on email and phone but I’m working from home for now. I wish everyone affected a speedy recovery.
The year got off to a great start on New Year’s Day when the Mayor, Cllr Sue Sampson, and her charity partners, took part in the New Year’s Day parade in central London. I would like to congratulate her, and all volunteers who joined her in the parade, on being awarded third place.
We had a few issues with Christmas bin collections, for which I would like to apologise. This was due to the sheer quantity of waste and recycling that needed to be collected after Christmas, which meant the crews simply couldn’t get around to everyone as planned.
We hope all outstanding collections will be completed by Monday (8 January).
Real Christmas trees will be collected free from Monday 8 January from properties which have the wheelie bin service, but please check your collection day as it will not be the same as your usual waste collection.
Fly-tipping is becoming a real blight on our borough and we will be taking the strongest action on those responsible. Fly-tipping can be anything from a fridge or TV left on the pavement to black bags left next to street litter bins, or mountains of building waste just dumped anywhere. Any waste that is not in a bin or disposed of properly is regarded as fly-tipping, and carries a fine. Please make sure that you dispose of your home waste properly rather than filling up our street litter bins or leaving black sacks of waste next to them – this is still regarded as fly-tipping and offenders will be prosecuted.
If you have additional recycling to dispose of, it will be collected providing it is presented in your blue, green or red boxes. Any additional cardboard can be flattened and left at the side of your box to be collected. Please keep additional waste until your next collection, or take it to Space Waye for disposal. Recyclable materials can also be taken to Space Waye, our reuse and recycling centre, which is open seven days a week, 8am – 4pm.
Sadly, we started the New Year with the tragic deaths of four young people in the capital through knife crimes. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched ‘London Needs You Alive’, a knife crime campaign, in November to help educate young people and prevent needless deaths such as these.
We are working hard to make sure that our borough is a safe and happy place to live. To help with this, we have committed to funding 10 additional police officers for three years until April 2021. Our £1,149,000 investment will be match-funded by the Metropolitan Police Service and will enable us to provide a Police Sergeant and nine special constables. We have also introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) across the whole of the borough to stop individuals or groups committing alcohol related anti-social behaviour. Anyone who acts inappropriately will be served with a fixed penalty notice of up to £100, and if this isn’t paid, could be fined up to £1,000 on prosecution.
I’ll be back with my usual diary from next week.
I wish you all a very happy, safe and prosperous New Year.