Neighbourhoods

20 April 2016

Love where you live

We know how much pride you take in your local neighbourhoods which is why we are committed to keeping them clean and tackling enviro-crimes such as littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling.

Last year we launched our new Neighbourhoods team, which has seen us take a more localised approach to make sure our streets are kept clean and safe. The team is already starting to make a difference locally, by becoming more responsive to dealing with issues such as poor waste and recycling behaviours, fly-tipping, food enforcement, noise nuisance, planning enforcement and anti-social behaviour.

One of the key roles of the Neighbourhoods team is to work more closely with our residents to make sure that we are in tune with our neighbourhoods and tackling the issues that matter most to you and we’ve also made it quicker and easier to report issues like fly-tipping online.

We know that the majority of our residents respect the local environment and do their bit to keep our streets clean, but a small minority can ruin it for everyone else. That’s why we’ve pledged to come down hard on those who blight our communities by committing envirocrimes like littering, spitting, dog fouling and dropping cigarette butts.

We have increased our on-street enforcement efforts and have issued nearly 3,500 fixed penalty notices for low-level enviro-crimes in the last six months alone. Those caught committing larger enviro-crime offences in our borough such as fly-tipping will be prosecuted and risk having their vehicles seized and crushed.

Last year we spent over £750,000 a year on flytipping

We are one of the few London boroughs to offer free large item collections, so there is no reason to fly tip. If you have a mattress or wardrobe to dispose of you can book it to collected from your property.

We also offer a paid for premium large item service for landlords, businesses or trades who are not eligible for the free collections. Residents can also make use of this paid-for service, which allows for up to 20 items at a time.

Report an envirocrime and help us to keep our neighbourhoods clean.

Looking after your neighbourhood is as important to us as it is to you. This is why we have created a new Neighbourhoods Team to manage all the services which collectively make sure your street is clean, green, safe and most of all, loved.

As well as recycling and bulky waste collections, the Neighbourhoods Team also manage things like street cleaning, street trading, noise and nuisance, planning enforcement, anti-social behaviour and more.

The Neighbourhoods Team will be responsible for your area, meaning they will be able to better respond to local issues and address the needs of your community.

You don’t have to do anything different – if you see an issue you should report it online or by contacting Waltham Forest Direct on 020 8496 3000 or wfdirect@walthamforest.gov.uk.

Private Rented Property Licensing

We know that housing is one of your top priorities. We also know that around one in three of our residents live in private rented accommodation. This is why we introduced the Private Rented Property Licensing Scheme in April 2015. The scheme will register all private sector landlords in the borough and has two clear goals: to drive up standards in the private rented sector for our residents, and to address the issue of Anti-Social Behaviour. To find out more about the Licensing scheme, please visit our Private Rented Property Licence page.

We are proud of what we have achieved so far, but believe we can achieve more. That is why we published this report Private Sector Licensing in Waltham Forest: Improving Quality Life. It demonstrates what we have achieved so far, and what we want the Licensing Scheme to do in the long term. It also sets out what more we could do to improve standards in the private rented sector for residents, if we were given the powers to do so. We know that housing is one of your top priorities. We also know that around one in three of our residents live in private rented accommodation. This is why we introduced the Private Rented Property Licensing Scheme in April 2015. The scheme will register all private sector landlords in the borough and has two clear goals: to drive up standards in the private rented sector for our residents, and to address the issue of Anti-Social Behaviour. To find out more about the Licensing scheme, please visit our Private Rented Property Licence page.

Find out more about some of the Neighbourhoods services below: