Havering councillors to again vote on deferred scheme to close fly-tipping hotspot

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 November 2017

A fly-tip in Little Gerpins Lane, Upminster. Picture: Ricky Izod

A fly-tip in Little Gerpins Lane, Upminster. Picture: Ricky Izod

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Havering councillors will again vote on plans to close an Upminster country lane that has become one of the borough’s fly-tipping hotspots next week.

The council’s highways advisory committee will meet on Tuesday to again vote on plans to close Little Gerpins Lane at its junction with

Berwick Pond Road and also just after its junction with Gerpins Lane.

At a meeting in September, councillors originally voted to defer the proposals until plans for an experimental scheme that could be reversed were also drawn up.

But now, council officers say any reversible scheme would be too costly, and insists both the council’s enforcement team and the Metropolitan Police want the road shut to vehicle traffic as soon as possible.

At September’s meeting, councillors led by councillor David Durant expressed concerns that to close public roads was “draconian”, and that if the closure was not originally reversible there could be unforeseen consequences in neighbouring areas.

To assuage these fears, Havering Council insists any nearby roads that could suffer from displaced fly-tipping would have greater CCTV installed.

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