Freedom of Information requests made by Tooting MP Sadiq Khan have revealed that Wandsworth Council has slashed their annual street cleaning budget by almost £1 million between April 2012 and March 2013. Figures obtained by Sadiq Khan show that over the last year the budget has been cut from £4,859,950 to £3,867,130.
Over the last year Sadiq has been inundated with local residents raising the problem of fly tipping on their streets and has made tackling the issue a priority.
These latest figures, obtained as a result of Sadiq’s investigations, confirm that the council is failing to address fly tipping across the borough.
Sadiq has also discovered that the number of culprits fined for fly tipping has fallen dramatically by almost 50% across the borough in the last year, and that the number of prosecutions has dropped by 75%. Moreover, despite 1546 cases of fly tipping being recorded in the last year, these latest figures indicate only 148 reports resulted in council action.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“As a local resident and MP I have become increasingly concerned by Wandsworth council’s lack of action in tackling fly tipping, which has become a real problem across the borough. These latest figures confirm local concerns that this council does not value clean streets.
“The last year alone has shown they are failing to catch the culprits of fly tipping. At the same time they are now cutting next year’s budget by just under £1 million. The council will not clamp down on fly tipping when they are making such savage budget cuts.
“I will continue to work with my constituents to tackle fly tipping on our streets – but the council needs to pull its head out of the sand and do much more”.