Croydon Conservatives cut back enforcement against fly-tipping

Croydon’s Conservative Mayor has announced plans to sack the Council’s Neighbourhood Safety Officers, who are responsible for enforcing action against antisocial behaviour and fly-tipping.

The announcement comes at a time when fly-tipping is at a record high in Croydon.

Rachael Baylis, from the GMB Trade Union, said: “For context, 95% of the work that goes into a prosecution is done by the Neighbourhood Safety Officers. If these jobs are gone, none of that work is going to be done, and there is no plan for making sure that it is done in the future.”

Local Labour MP Steve Reed has launched a campaign together with GMB to save the jobs of the Neighbourhood Safety Officers and ensure that Croydon residents get the services they pay for following the Conservative Council’s decision to raise council tax by 15% earlier this year.

Steve Reed said:
“We really need the Mayor to think again, and I hope people who don’t want to see their streets filling up with fly-tipping, litter and antisocial behaviour will back our campaign to save these jobs of the Neighbourhood Safety Officers.”


Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.


Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.