COUNCIL HQ’S FURNITURE COULD BE YOURS!

FURNITURE from Croydon council’s offices is up for grabs – and free of charge – to schools and charities in the borough.
 
The move follows a controversial decision by Croydon to spend £3 million in new furniture moving into a new headquarters.*
 
In a press release Croydon council are asking:
 
“Are you a charity, school or not-for-profit organisation in need of office furniture?
 
“If so, there may be items suitable when the council moves out of Taberner House during September and October.
 
“To ensure as many pieces as possible can be re-used, the council is urging groups to come forward and make a claim for the type of items they are interested in.”
 
The furniture, which is provided free-of-charge, MUST be used within the borough and NOT be re-sold.
 
If your organisation is interested, visit www.croydon.gov.uk/furniture complete the online request form by Friday August 23rd. Any pieces that are not suitable for reuse will be recycled.
 
An inventory and a full list of terms and conditions can also be viewed online. Once the deadline has passed, the council will contact organisations to let them know if their request has been successful.
 
(Source: Croydon council press release)
 
*See: Croydon council to press ahead with £3million furniture spend for new HQ / Saturday, April 20, 2013 / Croydon Advertiser
 
 
FLYTIPPER GETS £6,000 COSTS DUMPED ON HIM
 
A REGISTERED WASTE CARRIER has been prosecuted by Bromley Council for 13 counts of fly tipping waste in and around Bromley and Kent.  
 
A Bromley council statement said: “Mr Jason Newnham, aged 46 of Marvels Lane, Lewisham who is a registered waste carrier with Environment Agency and owner of the waste removal business JJ clearances, pleaded guilty to ten charges of fly tipping after an investigation by Bromley council’s public protection and environment departments.  “There were also three charges of fly tipping investigated by Kent county council in partnership with Bromley council that were taken into account when sentencing.  
 
“Mr Newnham legitimately removed large quantities of waste from residents all over south east London, mostly building waste. “The waste was then deposited in the country lanes and secluded areas of private land including farm land within Bromley and Sevenoaks.  “Mr Newnham attended Bromley magistrates court on July 24th 2013 and pleaded guilty to all ten charges brought by the council stating in mitigation his son completed the tipping without his knowledge.  “But prosecutors told Bromley magistrates court that Mr Newnham was liable under law for the actions of his son even if he did not know the waste was being illegally tipped.
 
“On August 6th at Bromley magistrates court, district judge Fanning sentenced Mr Newnham for ten charges of fly tipping, taking into account the three charges brought by Kent County council, to a 12 month community order within which he has to complete 240 hours unpaid work. “He was ordered to pay a total for costs of £6,031. “This included compensation for clean-up costs totalling £2,148.
 
“In sentencing, district judge Fanning stated he was sceptical of Newnham’s excuses since it was he who had collected the waste and had taken the money from the customers. “He also said that as a registered waste carrier Newnham should have known that it was his responsibility to ensure that the waste was disposed of immediately and not left on the highway for someone else to dispose of. “He said in itself that was an unlawful deposit.  
 
“The district judge went on to say that Newnham caused 13 offences that desecrated the countryside and that he took a very dim view of the offences, which he regarded as very serious.  “He told Newnham he had had a lucky break, since the decision of the previous bench on July 24th delivering a community penalty tied his hands in sentencing. “If left to him, district judge Fanning stated he would have sent Newnham to prison for 18 weeks. .
 
“In ordering costs and compensation the district judge Fanning said it should not be left to the council tax payers of Bromley and Kent to bear the costs of his crimes. “The £6,031 should come from Newnham, even if it took him several years to pay.
 
Bromley Cllr Tim Stevens, portfolio holder for public protection said:  “It is unacceptable that our borough is used as dumping ground for this criminal behaviour. “Officers across the environmental services division work tirelessly to bring these individuals to justice and we will continue to prosecute anyone we find committing these despicable acts.
 
“This case demonstrates the ability of neighbouring councils to work together, to share intelligence and bring to justice a prolific offender who thought he could use Bromley and Kent as a dumping ground.”
 
S33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 provides it’s an offence to deposit controlled waste, or knowingly cause or knowingly permit controlled waste to be deposited in or any land unless authorising the deposit is in force and the deposit is in accordance with the licence
Section 33(5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 “A person who controls or is in a position to control a vehicle from which waste is deposited is regarded as knowingly permitting even if he did not give instructions for the tipping” (Source: Bromley council press release)
 
NOISY NEIGHBOUR HAS HER MUSIC EQUIPMENT SEIZED BY COURT
 
A BROMLEY woman has been left with a bill of more than £2,300 after complaints of noise at her home.
 
In a statement Bromley council say they have “gained a successful prosecution against Ms Emma Vale of Rangefield Road, Bromley, who continued to blight her neighbours with loud music.
 
“Complaints started to be received in November 2011 with reports of regular late night parties, but it was not until December 27th 2012 that the council was able to serve a noise abatement notice based on evidence gathered by working with nearby residents who were affected significantly by the noise.
 
“Within two days of the notice being served the terms of the notice were breached and Vale was issued with a £100 fixed penalty fine, which was paid. “This did not deter the resident who continued to cause a nuisance, of which further breaches were witnessed once in December 2012,  and twice in May 2013.  
 
“On May 20th 2013, acting under court warrant, the council entered the property in Ms Vale’s absence and seized the equipment, which was capable of causing the nuisance.  “Bromley council then prosecuted Vale as the only viable option left to resolve the matter. “After failing to attend court on two separate occasions, Ms Vale was found guilty in her absence of three breaches of a noise abatement notice served by Bromley council.
 
“The deputy district judge issued fines of £900, a victim surcharge of £20 and awarded the council £1464 for their costs, totalling £2384 which he ordered to be paid within 28 days. “In addition to the financial penalties, the judge also ordered that the seized equipment was forfeited to Bromley council for disposal.”
 
Cllr Tim Stevens, portfolio holder for public protection and community safety welcomed the conviction: “Noise nuisance is anti-social and causes tremendous anxiety and stress to those affected. “It is our duty to do all we can to stop this activity and protect our residents, and if mediation and persuasion fails we will seize equipment and prosecute. “There is no excuse for this type of behaviour”. (Source: Bromley council press release)
 
TALKING ABOUT A BETTER BROMLEY
 
BROMLEY COUNCIL is again holding public meetings asking for residents opinions on where budget cuts should fall.
 
A council statement says: “The much publicised cuts in government funding mean the council has to make further budget savings of £55 million over the next four years.  “This is in addition to substantial savings made in the last three years.
 
“Council leader Cllr Stephen Carr invites those who live and work in the borough to join him, the council cabinet and senior officers to one of the public meetings being held across the borough in September and October.  He wants to talk about how the council is managing the impact of these financial pressures while remaining committed to the vision of ‘Building a Better Bromley.’
 
“As in past years, the views and discussions at these meetings will help inform the difficult choices the Council has to make about the future of the Council as it sets the budget for 2014-15.
 
The meetings are as follows:
Evening meetings – 7 – 8.30pm
Thursday, 26 September     Biggin Hill New Life Church, TN16 3BB    
 Monday, 30 September       Citygate Church, Rectory Road, Beckenham, BR3 1AA
Thursday, 3 October Orpington Methodist Church, BR6 9JH
Monday, 7 October               Civic Centre, BR1 3UH
 
Day time meeting – 11 – 12.30pm
Monday, 14 October Civic Centre. Stockwell Close, BR1 3UH
All venues provide disabled access and a hearing loop.
(Source:  Bromley council press release)
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