Havering Council to vote on plans to close Upminster road to combat fly-tipping

PUBLISHED: 10:52 29 August 2017

Residents started a campaign to close Sunnings Lane, Upminster, after the road was blocked in November.

Residents started a campaign to close Sunnings Lane, Upminster, after the road was blocked in November.


Plans to crack down on one of the most notorious fly-tipping hotspots in the borough by closing a road are due to be voted on by Havering Council next week.

The council’s highways committee will vote on Tuesday on plans to close a junction of Sunnings Lane in Upminster that has frequently been targeted by fly-tippers.

The work to install new barriers at the road’s junction with Dennises Lane in order to prevent unauthorised access is estimated to cost around £20,000.

A three-week public consultation on the plans closed on August 4, with one Sunnings Lane resident telling the council: “We have wanted this for years.”

A Havering Council spokesman said: “All respondents have welcomed the proposed closure of Sunnings Lane.

“Officers confirmed that the gate would have dual locks, one being a standard lock used by emergency services with a standard key. The second lock being a key coded to limit the number of keys in circulation.

“Issuing and monitoring such a large number of keys to the occupiers would be a problematic.

“It is anticipated that once the measures are implemented this will help to overcome the problem of fly tipping, anti-social behaviour and enhance security in the area.”

Once the road closure is implemented the council also intends to install solar and wind powered CCTV cameras at a number of other known fly-tipping hotspots throughout the borough.

Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association (UCRA) originally called for action in March following widespread community concern over the escalation of the illegal activity around the borough, but particularly in rural parts of Upminster.

And in January, a Havering Council spokesman told the Recorder the borough was “essentially a victim of organised crime” when it came to fly-tipping,a mid reports the council could spend as much as £1million cleaning up fly-tips in 2017.

A joint operation – Operation Bayleaf – was also set up earlier this year to share intelligence and actions and resulted in four successful prosecutions for people caught fly-tipping in the borough.

Agencies involved include Havering Council, the Metropolitan, Essex and Hertfordshire police forces, the Environment Agency, Crimestoppers, the serious crime directorate and Epping Forest Council.

The plan will be discussed and voted on at a meeting at 7.30pm at Havering Town Hall on Tuesday, September 5.

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  • £20,000 for a Or you could catch just one fly-tipper with those police people that used to be about prosecute and buy two barriers, and get some change, and take those poor residents on holiday! :) Weak and feeble country we live in now! Vigilantes are the way to go!

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