You may remember this appalling scene from South Road in Northfield ward in the summer. This photo was taken by a council officer on 15th June after I had reported this scene to Customer Services on 9th June. It took a lot of kicking and screaming from local councillors to get this site sorted out as the six day delay just to get on site might indicate.
The cowboy builder concerned, Michael Wells of South Ealing Road, has been ordered to pay Â£1,651 after putting up unlicensed scaffolding and leaving rubbish and debris by the side of the road. He was found guilty at Ealing Magistrates Court on Thursday, 25 November. See the councilâ€™s press release here.
Labour’s Bassam Mahfouz is quick to get in on the act and sound off in the press release:
When I heard about this case, I was appalled that any builder could have such a blatant disregard for their own safety and the safety of the public. In addition, he has used the public street to store his building materials and rubbish, which shows a lack of respect to other residents. After being fined, Iâ€™m sure he will think twice before committing similar offences again.
Great. Cllr Mahfouz will have heard about this case when the lady from the comms department rang him to check that the quote she had made up for him was to his taste. What he does not say though is that it was the councilâ€™s envirocrime team, who are very energetic and proactive and masters at getting people prosecuted for messing up our neighbourhood, who were the main movers behind this prosecution. Mahfouz also fails to mention that his administration are cutting the envirocrime team of 26 to 15, a cut of 42%.