Hyde Park Ward – rubbish dumping
We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:
“Rubbish dumping/fly tipping is particulary acute in Hyde Park Ward, and the more so since the excellent local warden’s post was abolished by WCC. The warden was aware of the favourite dumping hot-spots, and acted immediately when issues were evident: mattresses, fridges, black bags and so forth. These hot-spots continue to prevail and yet no one appears to monitor them. The fly-tipping simply sits there, unless I table it on REPORT IT. The loss of our local warden, who cared sincerely about the state and appearance of Hyde Park Ward, is counter-intuitive, to say the least. As a result, we have a blighted landscape, with no one to ensure that the offending items are removed quickly and effectively.”
The Council say:
“You are right that there is no longer a single dedicated City Inspector in place as there was previously. Instead there is a flexible, shifted team in place covering the cluster of wards in the North East of the borough. That said, we do try to deploy the same officers as often as the rota allows to engender a familiarity with a particular ward or wards. Currently Audrey Ofori and Richard Arthur are the officers that have been given the proactive role for Hyde Park.
City Inspectors are therefore covering this ward on a daily basis and are reporting through fly tipping, and enforcing where they obtain sufficient evidence. There can sometimes be delays in picking up waste; there are currently some issues with traffic in the area and major roadworks in Praed Street.”
We have asked the Council to take action at the following dumping ‘hotspots’:
- The tree on corner of Porstea Place, adjacent to the car wash garage, on Kendal Street.
- The tree on corner of Portsea Place, adjacent to Connaught Street.
- In addition, a large pedicab is frequently parked on the bike rack at the top of Portsea Place, and is there for days/weeks on end
Royal Parks are set to ban “rat-running” drivers after a massive majority of respondents to a consultation supported traffic restrictions. Parks such as Regent’s Park and Hyde Park are blighted by motorists using them as shortcuts, particularly during morning and evening rush hours. A Royal Parks survey on whether to discourage commuters from driving through the eight parks found 78 per cent support and 17 per cent opposition. Almost 7,000 people responded.