A shopkeeper has been shamed and fined after being confronted over a fridge dumped on the High Street.

Councillor Stuart Collins acting on a tip off visited the shop on the  High Street with council enforcement officers. He put the allegation to the trader who admitted it.

Fridges, cabinets and waste clearly from businesses on the High Street are routinely fly tipped – often just metres away from where culprit trades.

Cllr Collins, cabinet member for Clean Green Croydon, added: “All traders in the High Street will be reminded of their responsibilities re trade waste and shop fittings.”

Council contractors were also taken to task over the failure to clean up Thornton Heath Rec after it was left strewn in litter after an unusually warm April weekend. Local residents were furious at the lack of enforcement and general disrespect shown by park by users. Many had BBQs which are not permitted in The Rec.

The park’s contractor Idverde had to be reminded of its duties after  emptying bins in The Rec but refusing to pick up the litter around the bins claiming it was “not their job”.

Cllr Collins said: “Idverde are at the park this morning clearing up after these irresponsible people. The Council are also going to review enforcement and how we stop our parks being abused.”

Cabinet member for parks, Timothy Godfrey, who is standing down as a councillor told angry residents on social media: “ You’ll be glad to know that it’s a manifesto commitment to end this contract and bring the work in house. Therefore making it easier for staff to work in partnership with local people.”