Gallery of Shame

6 February 2020

Alert

Successes and appeals from Team Waltham Forest

Our enforcement teams and neighbourhood officers work to keep residents and visitors to Waltham Forest safe and our borough clean and tidy. On this page we will share some of our successes prosecuting rogue traders, fly tippers, and unsafe food businesses as well as appeals for information about those caught on camera in the act of fly tipping.

You can report fly tipping, fly posting, and dog fouling direct to our crews for swift clearance using our online chatbot  on Twitter.

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Chingford oil spill

A Chingford-based demolition company and its director have been ordered to pay fines and costs of over £10,000 between them to Waltham Forest Council after a serious oil spill that contaminated a Chingford waterway. The prosecution follows a serious oil spill in February 2019 in which engine oil from the demolition yard leaked into the nearby Ching Brook causing significant harm to the local environment.

Fly tipping

Cameras caught these two dumping furniture in the carpark at The Grange, Walthamstow, in early February.

 

Leaving large items on the street can cause blockages for neighbours, and makes the area look untidy and messy.

 

This person was caught on Green link Path, Walthamstow, piling rubbish up - right in the pathway.

Don't forget, you can book a free large item collection for up to five items from the council.

The Goose, Walthamstow

Waltham Forest Council food safety officers visited The Goose, 264 Hoe Street, E17 Walthamstow on Wednesday 4 September 2018 and discovered that the pub did not have measures in place to prevent pest  infestations that could have endangered customers. Officers found that there was a large and active mouse infestation at the time of the visit and the premises was closed pending urgent remedial action to deal with the problem.

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The dirty kitchen at The Goose
Mouse droppings were found in the kitchen, near utensils and food.

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There were even mouse droppings on food meant for children
There were even mouse droppings on food meant for children

Stonegate Pub Company, which runs The Goose, was ordered to pay a fine of £53,333 for inadequate pest control measures as well as costs of £4,042 and a victim surcharge of £170 at Thames Magistrates Court on Friday 7 February 2020, a total of £57,527. It is the largest fine for failing to meet safety standards in Waltham Forest for a food business operator to date.

January 2020 Click to get info

CCTV - Green Link Path, Walthamstow

Cameras caught several people adding to a fly tip on Green Link Path, Walthamstow, in late January. It shows how one piece of litter can quickly become two, then three, then four - and then more. As Waltham Forest will collect up to five bulky items free of charge there really is no excuse for this laziness. 

Landlord agency Cameron Adams 21 Century hit with £25,000 fine after multiple serious offences

Cameron Adams Ltd., who trade as Century 21 Cameron Adams at 30 Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG, was given a fine of £25,000 plus costs of £3,000 at Thames Magistrates Court on Friday 24 January 2020 after Waltham Forest Council discovered multiple serious offences at an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO). Council housing officers found potentially life-endangering issues including a complete absence of working smoke detectors, serious drainage problems, inadequate heating, and dangerously haphazard entrance steps.

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Overflowing drainage could have posed a health risk to tenants.
Overflowing drainage could have posed a health risk to tenants.

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Smoke detectors at the property were not working
Smoke detectors at the property were not working

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These rickety steps could have tripped anyone entering the building.
These rickety steps could have tripped anyone entering the building.

Century 21 has since severed ties with the Cameron Adams franchisee. Full story here. 

Landlord fined £16,000 after allowing illegal gambling den

Mr Hasan Younis, Director of Cameron Adams Ltd, trading as Century 21 Cameron Adams, Church Lane E11, agreed to pay a fine of £16,000 in respect of his failure to properly manage the property in Leyton. After a series of reports from neighbours regarding noise and disturbances at the address, council officers investigated and discovered that large numbers of people were visiting daily to play cards, drink, and smoke. This behaviour was having an adverse effect on the lives of neighbours as the excessive noise pollution was disrupting sleep and preventing children playing in back yards. Full story here.

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A shoddily-constructed addition to the building was being used as a second kitchen
A shoddily-constructed addition to the building was being used as a second kitchen

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Crates of beer in the room used as a gambling den
Crates of beer in the room used as a gambling den

 

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Food items hung outside the property
Hanging food items like this can attract pests