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I am one of sixty councillors in the London Borough of Hounslow a place with an environment as diverse as its population. Attempting to represent residents of Osterley and Spring Grove, the largest, greenest and, obviously, best of the twenty Wards, a fair bit of correspondence of a certain type is received. Colleagues elsewhere for example, get calls for help from their constituents on council housing matters (there are fewer than 50 Hounslow Council managed properties here) and serious anti social behaviour (more likely to be street drinkers here).
Being what it is, the Ward is fortunate to be the home of many caring residents who, whether individually or together in active residents associations, streets and parks groups, highlight issues for resolution with the council and its contractors. These people, often unsung, make a great difference to the quality of life of others in the neighbourhoods that I am proud to try to act for and help me in the work that I do.
My enquiries tend to be on parking, planning, potholes, pavements and a fair bit on flytipping together with other environmental issues such as litter, trees and the occasional neither clever nor funny graffiti.
This Sunday morning, I spent some time compiling another response to a constituent with whom I have had dialogue these past six weeks to resolve waste storage issues at a block near their home in Spring Grove. They also wanted to be provided, “with some indication about how important the council view [flytipping] and how likely it is that the issue I have voiced concerns about will be resolved.”
I thought it should be shared as an example of the type of stuff I do but also by way of explaining how, in these unnecessarily austere times where government grant to Hounslow has been cut by 60%, residents can assist in reporting anti social acts manifesting near our doorsteps. Some detail has been removed to help anonimise and adjustments made for publishing here.
Good afternoon Resident, thank you for your email.
Sadly, nowhere in Hounslow, let alone the rest of the UK is immune from flytipping so it would not be correct to associate the dumping against your side wall with the other issue of waste storage issues at the neighbouring block.
I have in the past three years, personally noted and reported similar occasional and opportunist events in your neighbourhood to Hounslow Highways via its online portal and encourage others to do so too. Using your photograph, I did the same in your name for the incident you informed me of and have attached the online receipt; you should have also received an acknowledgement via email, please check your junk mail should this not be immediately apparent.
The council’s contractor for flytipping on pavements, among other services, is Hounslow Highways and they are usually very efficient in collecting once reported online. Here is a chart that appeared in Hounslow Matters last year, showing residents who to contact and how for environmental misdemeanours which you may find useful.
The last issue (Summer 2017) also reported on enforcement [above] and this article also describes a recent intervention.
Another example of the council’s activity is shown above and explains how a resident’s CCTV camera captured someone dumping fridges elsewhere in Osterley and Spring Grove Ward from which the council’s enforcement team was able to identify, locate and fine the (Ilford, Essex based) owner of the van by its registration plates.
I do not have details of all prosecutions but from what has been provided here, I can assure you that Hounslow Council believe that these matters are important and pursue when there is evidence to show who the perpetrators are.
With regards to the waste issues at your neighbouring block, I am advised by the council’s waste and recycling officers that this continues to be pursued with the block’s managing agents to whom the offer of bulk refuse containers to replace individual sacks has been made and a response awaited.
I share your and other residents’ concerns in these matters and hope that I can assure you that they are never ignored. Obviously, as its councillor, I think that Osterley and Spring Grove is the most important (it’s also the largest) of the twenty Wards in the borough and do what I can to support and improve its environment. I also encourage and try to clarify to its residents how to do the same so welcome your contact as an opportunity to explain how people can perhaps emulate.
As always, am happy to maintain contact and update you on progress.
Tony Louki, Labour Party Councillor Osterley & Spring Grove Ward
Hounslow Council’s planners advise, “agents’ boards will be a breach of the advertisement regulations if not placed on the property to which they relate. If they are on the highway, then the highway authority can remove them and it is normally the highway authority that would enforce in such cases.”
First raised with Hounslow Council’s busy Planning Enforcement Team early June 2016, I later found out that the common but prohibited practice of estate agents placing advertising on the Great West Road, Osterley Station subway railings was actually a matter for Transport for London.
Following correspondence, heard from TfL yesterday that estate agents Thorgills, Dexters, Chase Buchanan and Anderson Knight will be written to and given seven days notice to remove these boards. Should they fail to comply, TfL will do it and seek to recover any expenses incurred. A copy of TfL’s communication can be found here.
Unless on the A4, A30 or A406 which are Transport for London’s (report via tfl.gov.uk/contact), our highway authority is Hounslow Highways to whom similar breaches can be reported by visiting http://www.hounslowhighways.org
It’s not just flytips that rankle.
Happy to follow up if problems not resolved.
Wardabout on Northumberland Estate with Hounslow Highways – Tuesday 31 May 2016 at 11.00 am to 12.00 pm
The latest in our neighbourhoods mooches took place today on the Northumberland Estate in the rain and with added splash. We were not deterred, the silver lining was the noting of quite a few pondings and blocked gulleys.
Residents welcomed this Hounslow Highways initiative and their local knowledge helped put issues into historic perspective. Everyone said they loved the new trees planted in most roads on the Northumberland over the winter and today they saw them getting a good water.
The list of issues spotted, raised and marked for resolution within 28 days can be found here.
A productive little mooch around the neighbourhood north of Great West Road between Wood Lane and Syon Lane.
Attending: Satbir and Ali from Hounslow Highways; Joyce from Hounslow Council Contracts Team; Gerry S from Syon Park Gardens; Ian T from Wyke Close; Basil M from Syon Lane; OSG Ward Councillors Tony Louki and Sheila OReilly
Following the Wardabout, Hounslow Highways have undertaken to:
- Provide a list of actions raised within 3 working days
- Send an updated list of full actions and outcomes of any investigations within 28 days.
These are what I noted, not all are the responsibility of Hounslow Highways, some are Transport for London which is accountable for Great West Road; matters of flytipping on private land are the locus of Hounslow Council’s Enforcement Service:
Require litter bin near entrance to 120 Wood Lane – heavy footfall to schools and the Osterley Sports Centre and Athletics Track;
Seek solution to westbound vehicle access to Syon Park Gardens from Great West Road;
Deep clean by refuges at junction of Wood Lane and Great West Road;
Ask TfL to fix the refuge barriers damaged during recent road traffic incident;
Complete lighting works on Wyke Estate footpath from Wood Lane to opposite 141 Syon Lane;
Advise on responsibility for maintaining play area along this footpath;
Advise on sweeping and litter pick frequency for this footpath;
Unblock gulley outside 143 Syon Lane;
Unblock gulley at 141 Syon Lane/Macfarlane Lane;
Deep clean of laybys from 141 to 211 Syon Lane;
Complete lighting works reinstatement outside 145 Syon Lane;
Address ponding and flooding on to pavement from verges between 141 and 211 Syon Lane;
Upgrade road name sign at Stags Way/Syon Lane to show “leading to Crowntree Close and Wyke Close;
Report Braybourne Drive ditch flytips to LBH Enforcement, serve EPA s81 notice to owners of the ditch (Wates) and diarise regular monitoring;
Unblock gullies at eastern end of Braybourne Drive by fire access barrier;
Unblock gulley in courtyard of 8-20 Wyke Close;
Remove corrugated asbestos from footpath to Syon Park Gardens at side of 786 Great WestRoad;
Address pothole by the gulley outside 40 Syon Park Gardens;
Examine level of crossover infringement and footway parking at various addresses in Syon Park Gardens;
Place litter bin(s) by Syon Park Gardens amenity area to reduce littering;
Advise on frequency of litter picking at this location;
Remove flytip outside 830 Great West Road;
Contact TfL to encourage maintenance and protection of grass verges on Great West Road – another of Mayor Boris Johnson’s failures.
Ali and Joyce also made notes so this list is not exhaustive.
A range of other issues e mailed to councillors by residents unable to make the event will be forwarded to the appropriates for follow up.