Speech on fly-tipping in Croydon
31/01/2018 07:06:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
On Monday's Council meeting I gave a speech on fly-tipping in Croydon - you can watch the speech here or read a transcript below:
I am pleased so speak in favour of this motion tonight, a motion that promotes a positive, proactive vision for boosting tackling the menace of fly-tipping in Croydon.
It’s something that residents right across the borough tell us is sorely needed. Despite what you hear from Labour’s spin rooms, the record of the current administration is one of downright failure.
The Evening Standard only in October last year revealed that Croydon was one of the worst boroughs in London for fly-tipping, the only borough south of the River Thames with a ‘high’ fly-tipping rate. Yet if you listened to our Labour-run Council, everything is wonderful!
Let’s look at the stats, in black and white, tell a different story: 2013-14, the year Labour took control of Croydon Council, and compare it to the latest stats from the Office of National Statistics:
- Across London, fly-tips increased by 12% in that period.
- Across England, it went up by 18%.
- But in Croydon? It went up by a whopping 64%!
64%! If that isn’t concrete proof of a Labour Administration desperately out of their depth, then I don’t know what is.
To make matters worse, Croydon has the second highest clean-up costs of any London borough – even that would be bearable if it were effective. But it’s not. Our clean-up costs are only surpassed by Enfield, who deal with three times as many. 38% of our total clean-up bill goes on clearing just 8% of Croydon’s fly-tips! The unrepentant waste from our Labour Council is astounding. Think what we could do with that taxpayer money if it was run properly!
Where is the proactivity? Where is the innovation? Where is the real, tangible impact on improving the cleanliness of our borough? Cllr Collins is like the Wizard of Oz - big PR campaigns! Huge posters! Emails and leaflets galore! But peak behind the Wizard of Croydon’s curtain and you’ll see a propaganda machine in over-drive, Veolia contracts spiralling out of control and a small, scared Labour Party desperately hoping they can distract residents for just long enough that they cling on at the election in May.
But the people of Croydon aren’t fools. They know fly-tipping has got worse in the last three years – on Labour’s watch.
The people of Croydon aren’t fools. This closed and secretive Labour Council would do well to remember that, because their time hoodwinking our town is just about up.