With the summer weather returning and some lockdown restrictions being relaxed we have had a small increase in reports of problems with people drinking in the street and in the green open spaces around the Ward. This seems to have happened more during lockdown and may be that people are around to notice things more. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a drink in the park on a hot day, the extreme end of anti-social behaviour caused by street drinking can blight peoples lives. This includes people urinating in residents’ front gardens and communal areas; empty cans and bottles being piled high in parks and on the street; and an increase in anti-social behaviour, harassment and sometimes violence. Some residents have resorted to having cameras installed as a deterrent whilst some organise to tackle problems via local chat groups. As your local Councillors we regularly meet with residents groups and the Metropolitan Police Tulse Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team to discuss the anti-social behaviour hot spots and plan ways in which we can support the community to ensure the problem can be addressed. You can also report problems via the Council’s website.
Keeping our streets clean is everyone’s responsibility and community groups regularly get together to enhance their area. Fly-tipping seems to have increased during the lockdown as people appear to use this opportunity to spring clean, decorate or reorganise their home. Whether it’s a pile of black plastic bags, a mattress or a hedge thats been pulled up – dumped rubbish obstructs the pavements and can represent a danger to children, pedestrians or animals if it includes chemicals or other contaminations. Many people don’t realise that there is a fine for individuals or business that fly-tip and you can report it to the Council directly. One of the best ways to tackle it though is through education and the use of the Council’s bulky waste collection service.
Hopefully, as lockdown restrictions lift even further we will be able to help you and your neighbours address these kind of local forms of anti-social behaviour. We can get the Council team down to help build planters to reduce fly-tipping or green your road; we can work with you, the Council and the police to tackle the problems caused by street drinking, sex workers or drug dealing/taking; and we can help you access the resources, support and training that is offered for local projects as part of the Street Champions scheme. Just drop us a line and let us know your plans for your area.