I READ with interest Gavin Waddell's letter in the Gazette of June 10 (Time for action on the local eyesores). He refers to two types of eyesore.
Firstly, rubbish that has accumulated on public land, ie. roads, verges and paths etc., and secondly, rubbish and dilapidations on private land. The remedies in each case are different.
In the case of public land, when the council has not responded to requests to clean it up you can write (e-mails are acceptable) to them giving them five days' notice under Section 91 of the Environmental Protection Act to clean the land or face a complaint to the magistrates' court.
On the two occasions I have used this facility the land was cleaned within the five days, without recourse to the courts.
For more information go to www.hillingdon-watch.org.uk, click on 'main road cleaning' then on 'enforcement notice to council'. This includes the wording for the communication to the council.
In the case of private land, you can contact the council and ask them to take action under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
This gives them powers to insist that the site is cleaned up and, if this is not complied with, to take action themselves and charge the cost to the landowner.
For more information go to www.hillingdon-watch.org.uk and click on 'environmental eyesores.' It might be useful to refer the council to this page, as the officer who deals with your complaint may not be aware of these provisions. This is because the council has not issued any guidelines to officers on the subject.
I would be interested in hearing from Hillingdon residents who have made, or plan to make, use of these provisions.
Editor's note: Mr Silverman operates the website www.hillingdon-watch.org.uk