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Residents get the chance to grill the man overseeing Havering Council’s fly-tip battle

PUBLISHED: 16:14 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:14 20 February 2017

Cllr Rob Benham standing next to heaps of rubbish left in Upminster last year.

Cllr Rob Benham standing next to heaps of rubbish left in Upminster last year.

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In a year that has seen the borough plagued with fly-tip after fly-tip, residents now get the chance to have their questions answered.

Steve Moore, Havering Council’s director of neighbourhoods, will be meeting anyone interested in knowing about what the council is doing to try prevent rogue fly-tippers dumping mountains of rubbish illegally.

The council describe Mr Moore’s role as a “key position” in overseeing various activities related to the environment, economic development, regeneration and housing.

The director will be setting out what strategies the council is looking to use while reminding people of the role they can play in stopping fly-tipping.

In the past 12 months, the council has recorded almost 3,000 incidents of fly-tipping at a possible £1m cost to the taxpayer.

Roads in Upminster have bore the brunt of the fly-tips with Little Gerpins Lane and Sunnings Lane being targeted by organised criminals.

Moving forward, the council has promised to crack down on those who flout the waste removal laws.

It has said it is looking at using all possible legal powers to tackle fly-tipping, including asking the courts to remove the driving licences from convicted fly-tippers.

Criminal Behaviour Orders are also being considered which could lead to repeat offenders being imprisoned for up to five years.

The meeting takes place next Wednesday at St Joseph’s Social Hall, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, from 6.30pm.

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