Wandsworth Council recently voted to introduce litter wardens able to issue on the spot fines in an effort to stem the current rubbish crisis in the borough’s town centres.
The initiative follows a long and successful campaign by Wandsworth Labour councillors to push the council to recognise that it must do more to tackle flytipping and litter across the borough.
Labour’s new campaign started 18 months ago when Tooting councillor Candida Jones, together with local residents, launched the Clean Up Furzedown campaign to push the council to do more to deal with flytipping in her ward.
Following the success of this campaign, Graveney’s Labour councillors launched a similar initiative.
Tooting MP, Rosena Allin-Khan, has launched a high-profile Tidy up Tooting campaign.
Historically, the council has not done enough to tackle the problem of littering and flytipping. In Putney, residents have complained that a lack of bins at bus stops along Putney Heath means the litter is blowing into the Heath causing problems for wildlife.
Bins have been removed across the borough, prompting residents to use the hashtag #bingate.
Cllr Candida Jones said: “I am glad that litter wardens will now be patrolling. It goes to show that if you bang on about an issue long enough – and I have sent literally hundreds of photos of flytipping to the Council over the past 18 months – you can get the council to listen”.
She added: “As we suggested, the Council has launched an app, making it easier for residents to report flytipping and, now, litter wardens. Finally, the issue is being taken seriously”.