HELP PEOPLE TAKE A STAND AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE / SOUTHWARK CRACKDOWN ON FLYTIPPING – COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS FINED / NO ONE NEEDS TO SLEEP ROUGH IN LONDON / SOUTHWARK LAUNCHES NEW ANTI-ENGINE IDLING ENFORCEMENT

HELP PEOPLE TAKE A STAND AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 
 
Croydon’s Family Justice Centre (FJC) team are looking for volunteers to offer support to individuals and families who are experiencing domestic abuse.

The volunteers will need to offer a minimum two hours a week, be willing to support people to achieve change in their lives and be keen to increase their own skills and experience.

The FJC team will offer full training, support and supervision.

Croydon council’s cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, Cllr Hamida Ali said: “The Family Justice Centre’s volunteer project has just started, and we are keen to welcome people from all communities as volunteers as we value their skills, experience and backgrounds.

“We know that one in four women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and on average, the FJC helps 232 people every month.

“Volunteers will be providing further support to help them feel less isolated, and to encourage them to seek help from health, housing and financial services, children’s centres and support groups.”

Volunteers must be aged 21 or over. For further details, and training dates, please contact volunteer coordinator, Emma Osbourne, on 020 8688 0100, or email emma.osbourne@croydon.gov.uk (Source: Croydon council press release)

SOUTHWARK CRACKDOWN ON FLYTIPPING – COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS FINED
 
More than 200 fines have been issued to businesses and individuals for fly-tipping since April last year as part of a Southwark council crackdown.

In  the latest court case fines of £1,000, costs of £1,078 and a victim surcharge of £100 were handed out to a food company at Camberwell Green magistrates court on 15 January after one of their employees was observed illegally throwing boxes into the back of a Southwark refuse truck.

“This is extremely dangerous as this type of vehicle contains a hydraulic system that is designed to compress and crush waste” said a Southwark council spokeswoman.

Fly tipping prosecutions by Southwark council in 2017 included:

Three black bags found outside a fried chicken shop contained rubbish from the business. The company admitted to the crime and were fined £770, with costs of £878.

Of 32 black bags discovered outside a chicken and pizza takeaway, three of the bags contained controlled waste which directly linked to the business, which received a conditional discharge, costs of £390 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Four black bags and six cardboard boxes found abandoned on the public highway outside a Korean restaurant.  All the bags contained restaurant waste, along with receipts and letters associated with this premises. The company was fined £2000, with costs of £300, at Camberwell Green.

Three black bags found abandoned on the public highway outside an Indian restaurant, contained Indian restaurant waste: food waste and receipts from the business. The company was fined £700 with costs of £623.20 and a victim surcharge of £70.

A small delivery and removal company based in north London was caught on camera dumping rubbish in Walworth Place. This resulted in a six month conditional discharge, with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge, at Camberwell Green.  (Source: Southwark council press release)

NO ONE NEEDS TO SLEEP ROUGH IN LONDON
 
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has  launched a new campaign to help rough sleepers get the support they need and find a permanent path off the streets.

“More than 8,000 Londoners slept rough on the streets of the capital in the last year – I’m asking for your help to tackle this shocking problem.

“As Mayor I’m already funding services that give rough sleepers somewhere to sleep, something to eat, someone to listen and a way off the streets.

“Now I’m also working with 18 of London’s homelessness and rough-sleeping charities to give Londoners some simple and effective ways to help directly. “One of the ways you can help right now is by donating to The London Homeless Charities Group.

“During my first winter as Mayor of this great city, I was hugely frustrated that we weren’t able to open our emergency shelters on the first night of freezing temperatures in London. “In fact, I was furious that the approach I inherited from the previous Mayor was only to open severe weather shelters when three consecutive days of sub-zero temperatures were forecast.

“I’ve ripped up that policy. “Since December, all shelters run by City Hall have started opening on the first day of sub-zero temperatures to ensure every person sleeping rough in London has somewhere warm to sleep when the temperature drops.

Find out how you can help too at http://www.london.gov.uk/Help-Rough-Sleepers

You can also help by sharing the campaign using the hashtag #HelpRoughSleepers.

Thank you. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

SOUTHWARK LAUNCHES NEW ANTI-ENGINE IDLING ENFORCEMENT
 
New anti-engine idling fines of £80 were introduced by Southwark council on January 31st.

Southwark’s cabinet member for public health Cllr Maisie Anderson said: “Needlessly keeping your engine running pollutes roads, schools and children’s lungs. “Asking people to turn off their engine will help create a healthier environment for the children of the borough.

“Drivers will be warned before a fine is issued, but ultimately if they ignore the warning and signs, the parking wardens will have to take action.”

A council statement said: “Idling vehicle exhausts choke the air with toxic chemicals like cyanide, NOx and PM2.5 which can lead to asthma, heart disease and lung disease.

“Council parking enforcement officers will be issuing an £80 penalty charge notice to parked up car, bus, taxi and HGV drivers, who refuse to switch off their engines when asked.

“We have led and encouraged many voluntary anti-idling patrols at known idling hot-spots, to raise driver awareness of the health risks associated with engine idling.

“The patrols found that most drivers turned off their idling engines willingly, when they were made aware of the implications of keeping them running.

“This is the latest measure from our air quality strategy and action plan, which is part of our longstanding commitment to improve air quality in the borough, with more to come throughout 2018.

“We have also just finished asking residents for their suggestions for locations for electric car charge points, and will begin installing them later this year.” (Source: Southwark council press release)

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