Eric Leach

Independent Candidate Councillor
for Ealing Walpole Ward

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29 March 2010
Council Envirocrime Officers Selectively Harass Northfield Avenue Shopkeepers

The Northfield Avenue retail strip has been a popular and valuable community resource for over 100 years. The current recession must have been a testing time for a number of shopkeepers and in order to survive they need support from all of us.

However I’ve recently heard form a number of shopkeepers that Ealing Council Envirocrime Officers are harassing some - but not all - shopkeepers. It mostly involves non-problematic product display outside the shops; hassle about not paying the Council to dispose of rubbish; and Officers entering shops in groups of four and intimidating traders.

Really what is the point of all this? Is it Officers trying to justify their jobs ? It certainly isn’t helping the traders who might just shut up shop and that won’t help local residents at all. Let me know what you think.

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