The problem of inadequate rubbish disposal facilities for residents in Risborough Close, N10, which has created a rubbish blackspot in the area, is to be addressed by Haringey Council following pressure from ward councillor Gail Engert and local MP Lynne Featherstone.

The properties have had no proper storage facilities and as a result bags – which are left out in the open – are often attacked by vermin before they are collected and the contents allowed to spew out. The problem is further exacerbated as very often bags are split when collected and the contents, which can include dirty nappies, are strewn about the estate. This, the Council acknowledges, poses a serious health hazard.

Councillors Engert and Featherstone have both been urging Haringey Council to thoroughly cleanse the area and find an effective long-term solution to the problem.

The Council has responded stating that it had previously contacted the managing agents for Risborough Close and agreed to share renovation costs in order to house waste storage units.

However the managing agents decided not to carry out the agreed renovations and now following the Lib Dem pressure, the Council has written to them warning that they will be served with an enforcement notice if they do not provide suitable waste containment.

Cllr Engert (Muswell Hill) comments:

“This is a litter black spot that the Labour-run Council has failed to deal with effectively so far. However I am pleased that action is being taken and a solution to a problem that has caused so much misery is being addressed.”

Cllr Lynne Featherstone MP comments:

“We will be keeping pressure on the Council to deliver on their promise to ensure this problem which has created a serious health hazard to local residents is resolved “