WALTHAMSTOW: Council deny fly-tipping anti-litter leaflets

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: WALTHAMSTOW: Council anti-litter leaflets found dumped in street WALTHAMSTOW: Council anti-litter leaflets found dumped in street

COUNCIL leaflets urging people not to litter, fly-tip, graffiti or commit other types of “enviro crime” have been found dumped in a Walthamstow street.

Boxes containing leaflets with details of the “Wipe Out” campaign, as well as copies of WFM (pictured) were spotted in Edinburgh Road, Walthamstow, by resident Matt Taylor, of Walthamstow Village.

Student teacher Mr Taylor, 34, noticed the ‘rubbish’ lying on a pavement which, if dumped by a member of the public, could have led to £50,000 fine or five years in prison.

He said: “I would guess they’d been there for a couple of days. They looked quite damp and curled up."

He added that he made the discovery at about 9.30am and said it was unlikely they had only been left there that morning.

Mr Taylor’s photos also show litter which has accumulated near Queen’s Road Station.

“There’s a big problem with litter along there - it gets dumped in the bushes all the time,” he said.

However, cabinet member for enivironment Cllr Bob Belam claimed the leaflets and copies of WFM were left in the road between 8am and 8.30am as “part of the distribution process”.

He added that they were subsequently delivered to people’s homes in spite of what Mr Taylor described as their “tatty appearance”.

Cllr Belam said: “These items were picked up and delivered door to door as they were expected to be. Our distribution company has also visited the location to check this is the case.

"We are delighted a sharp eyed member of the public was concerned about fly tipping in his road and although this was not an incident of fly-tipping we want to work with residents, schools, businesses to make Waltham Forest a better borough and stop the thoughtless minority spoiling our environment for everyone.

"Everyone has a role to play in tackling these issues. They can do that by telling us who is responsible for wrecking our borough’s environment."

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2:09pm Fri 13 Feb 09

Hogwasher says...

Presumably the council will now fine itself.
Presumably the council will now fine itself. Hogwasher
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2:45pm Fri 13 Feb 09

Touchwood says...

LBWF Council. Shot in the foot or what?
LBWF Council. Shot in the foot or what? Touchwood
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3:26pm Fri 13 Feb 09

techiebabe says...

Heh. When I had a job delivering free newspapers I was told "do not dump them. We WILL find out".Whoever had this delivery job was very silly!
Heh. When I had a job delivering free newspapers I was told "do not dump them. We WILL find out".Whoever had this delivery job was very silly! techiebabe
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3:26pm Fri 13 Feb 09

Claridger says...

They produce this garbage by the ton which hardly anybody reads.
They produce this garbage by the ton which hardly anybody reads. Claridger
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4:29pm Fri 13 Feb 09

Hogwasher says...

Claridger wrote:
They produce this garbage by the ton which hardly anybody reads.
I'd be interested to know who gets the printing contracts.
[quote][p][bold]Claridger[/bold] wrote: They produce this garbage by the ton which hardly anybody reads.[/p][/quote]I'd be interested to know who gets the printing contracts. Hogwasher
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6:42pm Fri 13 Feb 09

Janet1 says...

Did they hire the same people who were meant to deliver the council's library consultation documents last year?

St James Street Library Campaign had hassled the council for 15 months to carry out the consultation they were legally meant to have done before closing our library. They tried every way they could to wriggle out of it. Finally they told us a consultation form had been prepared and delivered to every house in the area.

We knew it hadn't. How? Because we all live in the area and hadn't received it. Obvious or what! The story's at
http://tinyurl.com/d
cu4zv

I thought councils were meant to follow a set legal procedure for awarding contracts? How does Waltham Forest council do it?

Did they hire the same people who were meant to deliver the council's library consultation documents last year? St James Street Library Campaign had hassled the council for 15 months to carry out the consultation they were legally meant to have done before closing our library. They tried every way they could to wriggle out of it. Finally they told us a consultation form had been prepared and delivered to every house in the area. We knew it hadn't. How? Because we all live in the area and hadn't received it. Obvious or what! The story's at http://tinyurl.com/d cu4zv I thought councils were meant to follow a set legal procedure for awarding contracts? How does Waltham Forest council do it? Janet1
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7:20pm Fri 13 Feb 09

stow a way says...

I hope they catch this person for they have been dumping these leaflets through my letterbox as well.
I hope they catch this person for they have been dumping these leaflets through my letterbox as well. stow a way
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10:26am Sat 14 Feb 09

Claridger says...

Hogwasher wrote:
Claridger wrote:
They produce this garbage by the ton which hardly anybody reads.
I'd be interested to know who gets the printing contracts.
Yes it would be interesting to see who has successfully tendered for it.
[quote][p][bold]Hogwasher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Claridger[/bold] wrote: They produce this garbage by the ton which hardly anybody reads.[/p][/quote]I'd be interested to know who gets the printing contracts.[/p][/quote]Yes it would be interesting to see who has successfully tendered for it. Claridger
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11:01pm Mon 16 Feb 09

Redfox says...

The fold-out pamphlet is hardly representative of the multi-cultural Waltham Forest population!

It features a black woman walking a dog - most unlikely combination, a white man spray painting, a white man dropping litter and yet a third white man fly-tipping from the back of a lorry. No asians at all nor any black males.

Once again anti-racist in reverse.
The fold-out pamphlet is hardly representative of the multi-cultural Waltham Forest population! It features a black woman walking a dog - most unlikely combination, a white man spray painting, a white man dropping litter and yet a third white man fly-tipping from the back of a lorry. No asians at all nor any black males. Once again anti-racist in reverse. Redfox
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11:55pm Mon 16 Feb 09

sensibility says...

Perhaps someone should contact the Environment Agency as they can prosecute Waltham Forest for flytipping if they so wish
Perhaps someone should contact the Environment Agency as they can prosecute Waltham Forest for flytipping if they so wish sensibility
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11:59pm Mon 16 Feb 09

sensibility says...

What if a blind person had tripped over it. They supposedly prosecute members of the public for highway obstruction.

Councillor Belam's excuse that "the leaflets and copies of WFM were left in the road between 8am and 8.30am as “part of the distribution process” is ludicrous. The Council do not have permission to leave things on the public highway such as boxes of paperwork.


What if a blind person had tripped over it. They supposedly prosecute members of the public for highway obstruction. Councillor Belam's excuse that "the leaflets and copies of WFM were left in the road between 8am and 8.30am as “part of the distribution process” is ludicrous. The Council do not have permission to leave things on the public highway such as boxes of paperwork. sensibility
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7:22pm Thu 19 Feb 09

maltesers says...

You're right, Redfox. About 80% of WF's population is white, so if the leaflet was supposed to be representative there should really have been another white person on the leaflet.
You're right, Redfox. About 80% of WF's population is white, so if the leaflet was supposed to be representative there should really have been another white person on the leaflet. maltesers
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