Yesterday, Thursday 3rd April, I met teams for the briefing of Croydon Council's latest operation targetting the state of our streets. Previous Ops in Thornton Heath and Norbury have been very successful and I asked that one be carried out in New Addington because of the concerns being raised by residents.
Consequently, about twenty Enforcement Officers and Neighbourhood Wardens deployed across the estate targetting those who don't abide by tenancy agreements, let dogs run off the lead, allow dog fouling, litter our streets and/or fly tip rubbish. The Officers also visited Shops to ensure they had in place active Waste Disposal Agreements as required by law.
The outcome of this Operation was 19 Fixed Penalty Notices by Wardens and 7 by Enforcement Officers issued for a variety of reasons, a number of Warnings issued and 37 retail premises visited across New Addington and Fieldway. Those premises without the required agreements, or couldn't produce evidence of an agreement, will receive a follow up visit and potential fines. I joined the teams throughout the Operation, both in New Addington and Fieldway, and was very impressed by their professionalism and commitment to our Estate.
Of course, if anyone feels they have been unfairly issued with a warning or FPN they have the right to appeal but these Operations, whilst targetting a number of issues, also highlight that the vast majority of residents are keen to keep our Estate clean and tidy and completely prove that New Addington is a good place to live and not 'a hole' as some have labelled it. I, for one, am very proud to live in New Addington.