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Council asks for residents' views on closing Upminster roads by fly-tipping hot spots

PUBLISHED: 17:17 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:49 27 July 2017

A fly-tip blocking the road in Sunnings Lane   Credit: Andrew Mangion

A fly-tip blocking the road in Sunnings Lane Credit: Andrew Mangion

Andrew Mangion

A public consultation has launched asking for residents' views on closing roads around some of the borough's most notorious fly-tipping hot spots.

If the proposal is given the green light by the Highways Advisory Committee on September 5 following the consultation, measures will be put in place to restrict vehicle access in Sunnings Lane and Little Gerpins Lane, Upminster.

This would include a width restriction at the Southern end of Sunnings Lane and a closure from the junction with Dennises Lane to Sullens Farm.

Little Gerpins Lane would also be closed to traffic from the junction with Berwick Pond Road to Bonnetts Wood, Upminster.

Director of neighbourhoods Steve Moore says in 2015-16, the local authority cleaned up more than 1,200 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish, with the current total cost of removing fly-tips and enforcement almost reaching £1million a year.

He said: “Much of the fly-tipping experienced in Little Gerpins Lane and neighbouring Lanes is carried out by serious organised criminal gangs and not casual chancers.

“This means that traditional means of combatting fly-tipping, like using CCTV cameras, are therefore not effective when these gangs use false plates and stolen trucks.”

In the past few years, the Recorder has reported on many occasions, huge industrial scale fly-tips being dumped around these roads and the problem has not gone away.

A meeting was held with Mr Moore where residents were able to quiz him on what is being done to stop fly-tippers in March.

Havering Council uses a number of anti-fly-tipping measures such as join police operations with undercover officers, round the clock monitoring of roads and the use of solar powered surveillance cameras.

Despite all of these proactive measures being taken, residents continue to call for more long-term action being taken which has in turn led to the latest proposal being made.

A public consultation on the proposed road changes is now open and will close on August 4.

The responses to the consultation will be discussed at the Highways Advisory Committee on September 5 at 7.30pm at Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford.

The full plans for consultation can be viewed at havering.gov.uk

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