Following concerns I have raised on behalf of local residence about the The Broadway in Catford I’m pleased to announce Council Officers organised a targeted multi-agency operation to clean up the main market street in our Ward, this work formed part of a day of action across the borough.
Officers from the Police, UK Border Agency, Council Crime Reduction Service, Environmental Enforcement, Food Safety, Trading Standards and Parking, visited the Broadway from 9:30am to undertake visits to premises and deal with any ‘on the street issues’ as they were identified. There was a very strong visible presence on the Broadway which was recognised by the local businesses and visitors to the area.
14 premises were visited that morning, these visits resulted in 3 arrests for immigration offences, 3 individuals placed on reporting for immigration offences, 2 fixed penalty notices for breach of forecourt licensing, 2 section 34 notices issued for premise owners not being able to produce trade waste agreements, and 1 food safety prohibition notice issued for incorrect storage of equipment.
On the street, parking under took enforcement to remove unauthorised vehicles. Environmental Enforcement and Waste Enforcement officers reported a range of issues around litter, crates and abandoned trolleys and had these removed. The Markets Inspectors were also present and ensured that all stalls were correctly set up and helped to identify environmental issues.
A number of follow up visits and actions will be undertaken around identified food safety problems in some premises, along with trade waste and controlled waste issues. Additionally, officers witnessed the sale of alcohol to known street drinkers, so Crime Reduction Officers will be carrying out further operations to tackle this issue.
Officers are hoping to coordinate another operation to follow up on some of the premises they’ve identified with issues, and to again provide a visible presence and reassurance for the local residents and businesses.