54,000 complaints about rubbish in Haringey in just 2 years. Haringey’s Labour-run council had 54,365 complaints about fly-tipping, littering and missed waste collections in just 2 years.
Last year alone there were 29,397 complaints about dumped rubbish and missed rubbish collections. Most of the complaints last year were about fly-tipping and rubbish on the streets with 19,584 complaints. The number of complaints about fly-tipping increased dramatically by 7,000 compared to 2013 when there were 12,355 complaints about fly-tipping and missed collections.
There were fewer complaints about littering although these complaints also increased from 593 in 2013 to 829 in 2014. The figures seem to reinforce local views that dumped rubbish is a big problem in Wood Green. As the most complaints about fly-tipping were seen in Woodside and Noel Park wards in Wood Green.
The areas with the most complaints about missed rubbish collections so far this year are Bounds Green and Muswell Hill.
Liberal Democrat Opposition politicians have repeatedly raised concerns about rubbish collections and fly-tipping. When fortnightly rubbish collections were introduced they said this could cause problems with overflowing bins. The Liberal Democrats believe that charges for collecting some types of large rubbish and restrictions on where rubbish can be collected, have also led some people to dump rubbish instead.
Cllr Gail Engert, Haringey Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition, comments:
"There is clearly a big problem with fly-tipping and missed rubbish collections across the borough. The Labour-run council and their waste contractor must do more to tackle these problems.
"Whilst Labour is spending millions of public money renovating Wood Green High Road the streets of Wood Green are a mess due to all the rubbish left lying around.
"Labour should also reconsider the fortnightly rubbish collections, I am not convinced they are working, especially in Muswell Hill and Bounds Green. The Lib Dems proposed bringing back weekly collections in some areas, it is a shame that Labour voted this down at the budget meeting."