Fly tipping reports

Semi interesting to see that Lewisham is one of the authorities with the highest number of fly tipping reports. 18,883 last year since you ask. 

What I’m less clear on from the newspaper report is whether these figures include reports made by council employees as well as those from the general public.

I think it makes a difference.

One of the things that Nigel and I worked on (during the year that these figures were being compiled) was on getting more council employees to report the fly tips they came across. 

We did this because we wanted to:

  • get to things before they became an inconvenience to the public;
  • build a sense that the street scene was something that council staff have a stake in and a responsibility for; and
  • see whether by getting to things early we avoided other items being dumped.

We also deliberately encouraged the public to help us, by reporting incidents that council staff had missed; using the Love Lewisham message and tools to say that doing so was part of a partnership between residents and the council. 

So while the raw figures are intersting they don’t tell the whole picture.  Not only do they not say who was responsible for reporting, they don’t tell us what the waiting time was from report to removal and they don’t offer any insite into the amounts of rubbish being picked up.

(via Tom Watson)


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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2 Responses to Fly tipping reports

  1. Nigel says:

    Hi Andrew, the interesting thing is that we actually disposed of less fly-tipping (tonnes) than we did the previous year! It looks as though Love Lewisham is making it easier for people to report the problems, so we’re probably getting multiple reports. We’ve now got most of our refuse drivers reporting stuff from first thing in the morning and more active councllors doing a great job too. Some fly-tips are bound to get reported twice, at least with a photo we can avoid sending a crew to the same job twice!

  2. andrewkbrown says:

    Thanks for that Nigel.

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