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Near 8 Somerfield Road, London, N4 2

Hackney London Borough - Brownswood Ward

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I have lived in Finsbury Park (on Wilberforce Road, which is actually in Hackney) for nearly 2 years. Every day I walk to and from the tube along Blackstock Road (the section between Somerfield Road and Seven Sisters Road). The littering activity, and amount of litter, on that section of Blackstock Road has always been suboptimal but I have seen it been getting noticeably worse over the last few months. Groups of (particularly) men regularly line the street in that section (outside shops and the college/library) and drop litter, making little effort to instead put it in rubbish bins (there are only a couple on that section). [Tangentially they also smoke cannabis and behave antisocially, but my main concern is the litter.] Their disregard for cleanliness appears to be increasing; there seems to be a kind of negative 'feedback loop' where people deem it OK to litter because they see other people littering and the practice has become completely normalised and systemic (I have witnessed people littering myself, and regularly pick up litter on my way home from work and put it in the rubbish bins). There are only a couple of rubbish bins on that section of Blackstock Road, and despite a minority of people showing a blatant disregard for disposing of their rubbish correctly (rubbish is sometimes left adjacent to bins), I think that most are just lazy and don't want to walk 50m to the nearest bin - therefore I am sure that some additional bins would motivate a majority of people to dispose of their rubbish correctly instead of throwing it in the street, and would go a long way to alleviating the littering problem. Litter is also left in the surrounding streets (in particular on Somerfield Road) where there are on the other hand no rubbish bins. The litter there often comprises polystyrene takeaway containers and soft drinks cans/bottles that are discarded by people walking home. As there are no bins in those roads (Somerfield Road in particular), people have no inclination to dispose of their rubbish correctly and (half understandably, perhaps) dispose of it in the street rather than walk to the nearest bin (which they probably don't know the location of and don't care to find out, but it will be in different road, likely 100+ metres away). Therefore I am sure that it would be extremely beneficial for litter levels in those streets (Somerfield Road, Finsbury Park Road, Wilberforce Road) if some rubbish bins were installed in there. I spend time every second Saturday morning clearing up litter from those roads, and am amazed there are no rubbish bins there. Having bins there would also help with the amount of litter left in those roads when there are events in Finsbury Park in the summer (when littering becomes an especially acute problem). I am aware that the roads I am describing straddle two councils (Islington and Hackney) - therefore I am also writing to Hackney council, however the main issue is Blackstock Road which I believe is situated in Islington. Thank you in advance for your understanding and help.

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Reported 12/02/2019 09:20
Completed No
Visible to public Yes
Category Littering
Status Open
Job Code 1288151

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