Daws Lane Car Park, Mill Hill, is a fly tipping hot spot, according to mother

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Brazen litter louts have been branded “disgusting and irresponsible” for constantly dumping rubbish next to a children’s playground.

The free car park in Daws Lane, Mill Hill, has become a hot spot for fly tippers who carelessly leave their waste on the pathway leading up to the park.

Rubbish from bicycles, old toilets, carpets, furniture, building materials and toys are regularly left to rot next to the large recycling bins.

After the items are collected by Barnet Borough Council, a new load of rubbish appears in its place just days later.

To deter the fly tippers, the authority plans to move the recycling banks to a new site at the Victoria Road junction with Lawrence Street, Mill Hill, before the start of February.

But mother Nikky Schofield, who uses the car park when she takes her seven-year-old daughter to Etz Chaim School, has issued a warning to the “selfish” litterers.

She said: “Its disgusting - in such a state. It’s an eyesore to have to look at this every morning. I dread to think what kind of health hazards all the rubbish holds too.

“My son says it’s stinky and my daughter finds it horrible too. We teach children not to litter so this isn’t setting a good example.

“It’s appalling the way people think they can just dump their old things here and leave it. It’s very selfish.”

Hendon resident Mrs Schofield believes the culprits are using the site to dump their rubbish when their wheelie bins are full.

She also believes they are attracted to the site as the big recycling bins mean many feel it is an appropriate place to leave the waste - but that others are “abusing” the system.

Fly tipping is a criminal offence and those caught can be fined and prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

She added: “In the summer, it gets really bad and smells absolutely awful. People just don’t think about the negative effects this can have.

“I’m worried it will attract rats and other creatures if people continue do fly tip here. It’s very unhygienic - especially given that the area is used by mothers taking children to school.”

A statement from Barnet Council said: “Our teams will continue to monitor the situation at the Daws Lane car-park to ensure that the fly-tipping is dealt with.

“Residents can report cases of fly-tipping by using our online service, barnet.fixmystreet.com . This immediately alerts the relevant team to the problem which they then deal with in a timely manner.”

 

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5:45pm Wed 29 Jan 14

gingis says...

Barnet's way of dealing with it is just to clear it up.
No enforcement officers left, they have got rid of them all to save a few quid.
Years ago Barnet was at the forefront of waste crime enforcement.
Just gone back to clearing up the mess now.
How pitiful.
Barnet's way of dealing with it is just to clear it up. No enforcement officers left, they have got rid of them all to save a few quid. Years ago Barnet was at the forefront of waste crime enforcement. Just gone back to clearing up the mess now. How pitiful. gingis
  • Score: 4

7:33pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

One of the many short sighted actions by our Tory councillors is taking away the regular skip provision, which was a really useful service, especially for those who have no transport to dispose of large items. There has most definitely been an increase in fly tipping since then, unfortunately, creating eyesores and requiring taxpayers' money spent on clearing the mess up. Another false economy, in short.
One of the many short sighted actions by our Tory councillors is taking away the regular skip provision, which was a really useful service, especially for those who have no transport to dispose of large items. There has most definitely been an increase in fly tipping since then, unfortunately, creating eyesores and requiring taxpayers' money spent on clearing the mess up. Another false economy, in short. Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
  • Score: 5

8:58am Thu 30 Jan 14

MillHillian says...

"To deter the fly tippers, the authority plans to move the recycling banks to a new site at the Victoria Road junction with Lawrence Street, Mill Hill, before the start of February"
Instead of dealing with the fly tippers, just move the problem elsewhere!
This will be a nice surprise for the residents of Victoria road.
"To deter the fly tippers, the authority plans to move the recycling banks to a new site at the Victoria Road junction with Lawrence Street, Mill Hill, before the start of February" Instead of dealing with the fly tippers, just move the problem elsewhere! This will be a nice surprise for the residents of Victoria road. MillHillian
  • Score: 4

10:11am Thu 30 Jan 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

And how exactly will moving the recycling banks stop people fly-tipping in a car park open 24/7?
And how exactly will moving the recycling banks stop people fly-tipping in a car park open 24/7? Edgar de Jarnac
  • Score: 3

12:19pm Thu 30 Jan 14

dawboy says...

Is it just me? If the tipping takes place every few days, then how difficult would it be to have temporary CCTV cameras installed or better still a few enforcement officers left in wait to catch these tippers? Once the word gets out that traps are set for tippers by the council and prosecutions are ongoing they will not return.
Is it just me? If the tipping takes place every few days, then how difficult would it be to have temporary CCTV cameras installed or better still a few enforcement officers left in wait to catch these tippers? Once the word gets out that traps are set for tippers by the council and prosecutions are ongoing they will not return. dawboy
  • Score: 4

1:12pm Thu 30 Jan 14

You don't fool me says...

It is a shame it is not legal to actually Brand the culprits once they are caught in the act!
Oh well until then how about placing some hidden cameras in areas where fly tipping occurs.
It is a shame it is not legal to actually Brand the culprits once they are caught in the act! Oh well until then how about placing some hidden cameras in areas where fly tipping occurs. You don't fool me
  • Score: 2

2:21pm Thu 30 Jan 14

gingis says...

Would be interesting to know how many prosecutions for fly tipping under the Environmental Protection Act have been instigated by Barnet in recent years.
Probably none as no enforcement officers anymore, Legal dept moved to another borough and outsourcing of CCTV.
Sad case of affairs.
Would be interesting to know how many prosecutions for fly tipping under the Environmental Protection Act have been instigated by Barnet in recent years. Probably none as no enforcement officers anymore, Legal dept moved to another borough and outsourcing of CCTV. Sad case of affairs. gingis
  • Score: 2

3:17pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Not that Dave, another one. says...

Yes it's funny how CCTV cameras are only to be used against those evil car drivers, and never for things like this, isn't it?
Yes it's funny how CCTV cameras are only to be used against those evil car drivers, and never for things like this, isn't it? Not that Dave, another one.
  • Score: 1

3:28pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

Fly-tipping in Mill Hill Park is not the only consequence of the dearth of enforcement officers in Barnet. The borough’s scandalous neglect of its own Byelaws has also allowed a wide range of other offences to take place in all Barnet’s parks and open spaces.

I have lived in Barnet for more than 40 years. I love its many green areas, but I have never seen anything done to enforce the Byelaws relating to them.

The borough's abject failure to enforce its Byelaws is particularly noticeable at Brent Reservoir (the “Welsh Harp”). Barnet owns the land around the eastern half of the reservoir, including areas designated as a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. These sites need to be protected but, although signs have been erected to say that activities such as camping, lighting fires and fishing are banned, Barnet seems to do absolutely nothing to enforce its restrictions.

Among the trees where the River Brent flows into the reservoir is a well established illegal encampment that seems to be home to a group of East European immigrants. I have seen campers cooking fish — caught illegally at the reservoir? — on open fires. Is Barnet interested? It seems not.

And when the reservoir was frozen over a couple of winters ago, I witnessed a man walk out onto the ice, in full view of anyone on the reservoir’s shores, drill holes through the ice and drop nets through the holes. Was any action taken? No.

One or two “native” anglers also regularly ignore the “no fishing” signs, apparently aware that Barnet will take no action against them. When I approached one angler to point out that he was breaking the law, he told me that he had fished at the reservoir regularly without any problem. He had even on more than one occasion been approached by police officers, but after a brief chat they had left him to continue fishing because local byelaws were not their concern.

As a resident of Mill Hill, I also regularly take walks over Arrandene Open Space, where byelaws restrict horse-riding to the bridleways and two small fields. However, I have often seen muddy hoofprints on other parts of the site. Has any action ever been taken? Not to my knowledge.

And byelaws banning dogs from the Arrandene bridleways (presumably because they may frighten the horses) are also ignored, either because dog-walkers are unaware of this regulation (since there are no signs drawing attention to it) or because they know that it will not be enforced anyway.

Barnet needs to get its act together. Perhaps the Times Group could carry out an investigation into Barnet’s contemptible failure to enforce its own byelaws.
Fly-tipping in Mill Hill Park is not the only consequence of the dearth of enforcement officers in Barnet. The borough’s scandalous neglect of its own Byelaws has also allowed a wide range of other offences to take place in all Barnet’s parks and open spaces. I have lived in Barnet for more than 40 years. I love its many green areas, but I have never seen anything done to enforce the Byelaws relating to them. The borough's abject failure to enforce its Byelaws is particularly noticeable at Brent Reservoir (the “Welsh Harp”). Barnet owns the land around the eastern half of the reservoir, including areas designated as a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. These sites need to be protected but, although signs have been erected to say that activities such as camping, lighting fires and fishing are banned, Barnet seems to do absolutely nothing to enforce its restrictions. Among the trees where the River Brent flows into the reservoir is a well established illegal encampment that seems to be home to a group of East European immigrants. I have seen campers cooking fish — caught illegally at the reservoir? — on open fires. Is Barnet interested? It seems not. And when the reservoir was frozen over a couple of winters ago, I witnessed a man walk out onto the ice, in full view of anyone on the reservoir’s shores, drill holes through the ice and drop nets through the holes. Was any action taken? No. One or two “native” anglers also regularly ignore the “no fishing” signs, apparently aware that Barnet will take no action against them. When I approached one angler to point out that he was breaking the law, he told me that he had fished at the reservoir regularly without any problem. He had even on more than one occasion been approached by police officers, but after a brief chat they had left him to continue fishing because local byelaws were not their concern. As a resident of Mill Hill, I also regularly take walks over Arrandene Open Space, where byelaws restrict horse-riding to the bridleways and two small fields. However, I have often seen muddy hoofprints on other parts of the site. Has any action ever been taken? Not to my knowledge. And byelaws banning dogs from the Arrandene bridleways (presumably because they may frighten the horses) are also ignored, either because dog-walkers are unaware of this regulation (since there are no signs drawing attention to it) or because they know that it will not be enforced anyway. Barnet needs to get its act together. Perhaps the Times Group could carry out an investigation into Barnet’s contemptible failure to enforce its own byelaws. Edgar de Jarnac
  • Score: 1

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