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Restaurant and bird food dumped near school regularly

Reported in the Rubbish (refuse and recycling) category anonymously at 07:32, Thu 7 September 2017

Sent to Harrow Borough Council 3 minutes later

People and restaurants dump food on the corner of Elmgrove Road and Station Road daily to feed the pigeons. Also old beds and white goods. Complaints to the council, local MP, Cllr Henson, Environmental Health Office and enforcement officers have resulted in nothing happening for the past year or more. I was even told by the council that they didn't have any signs informing people not to feed the birds. Rats, gulls and pigeons are everywhere, next to a school and toddlers playgroup and up the service road behind the restaurants on Station Road.

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  • Still open, via questionnaire, 07:22, Fri 6 October 2017

  • Not only has it not been fixed but it is being totally ignored by all I report it to. Yesterday morning I removed a pile of nan bread from the grass and put it in the nearest bin. The night before that someone had dumped a big pile of bread cut up into small pieces all over the grass. The pieces were too small to pick up and it was after 9pm after a long day at work earning money to pay my Council tax so that the council can keep the streets clean and free of dumped food waste which attracts rats, gulls, mice and pigeons. However, something in this scenario just isn’t working!! Ahh yes, the council aren’t doing anything to stop people dumping food here and all over the rest of Harrow to deliberately attract rats, gulls, mice and pigeons despite doing so being illegal. I wonder why that could be?? Maybe it’s because they couldn’t care less. Maybe it’s because they are ineffectual. Maybe it’s because they simply don’t listen. Or maybe it’s all the above combined. If I were the owner of the school across the road I’d be complaining about this health hazard, but then again they leave their bins across the middle of the pavement and don’t care about others either. I’d also complain if I owned the playschool just feet away, but that building has been full of rats for ages and they don’t seem to mind either. If I ran one of the businesses or restaurants on Station Road I’d complain too but maybe some of the problems are caused by them anyway. For example the furniture that is dumped on the corner of the service road and the left over rice and bread. If only people cared about Harrow like they used to do.

    Posted anonymously at 07:22, Fri 6 October 2017

  • I had an email from Harrow Council recently asking me if anyone from Harrow Council had been in touch with me about the fly-tipping and dumping of food here. I thought it strange as surely they would know if they had been in contact with me, wouldn't they? Anyway, they hadn't; well not before the email asking if they (themselves) had already been in touch with me! Alas, as you can see from the picture I took yesterday the problem is still alive and kicking. What a total dump Harrow has become.

    Posted anonymously at 08:52, Sun 29 October 2017

  • More of the usual. I picked up 4 loaves of bread this morning and threw it in the bin.

    Posted anonymously at 20:10, Mon 6 November 2017

  • The Council are lying, they can make signs to put up to tell people not to feed the birds. Contact the Harrow Times with your story and photos. Contact Michael Lockwood the chief executive of Harrow Council. The Council have recently put up big orange and purple flag type signs on the lampposts in Wealdstone High Street relating to fly tipping. If they have money for those signs they can jolly well create some signs to stop people feeding birds and rats. Who are your councillors and have they even bothered to do anything?

    Posted anonymously at 18:50, Thu 9 November 2017

  • I have contacted the Harrow Times with a pile of photographs and they didn't reply. Michael Lockwood is leaving Harrow very soon, probably to return again on a higher salary and pension; so he won't care. I've contacted the environmental health office, MP Gareth Thomas and Counsellor Henson and all to no avail. Harrow were meant to have allocated an officer to this a few weeks ago and as of now I haven't heard a word from him/her. Yesterday I stopped a woman who was scattering rotten pitta bread everywhere and challenged her. She ended up picking it all up and binning it. Also, yesterday evening as I walked home at about 9pm there was a fridge dumped there. It's a never ending battle but those who are paid to do something about it do nothing.

    Posted anonymously at 07:50, Tue 14 November 2017

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