Nov 7 2012 By Zoe Drewett
A PASSIONATE campaigner against litter took London Underground to court yesterday (Tuesday) for the second time, but was left disappointed when the hearing had to be delayed. Last year, Peter Silverman won court costs of s200 from LU after it failed to clean up a patch of land opposite Ruislip Manor Tube station, in Victoria Road.Mr Silverman, of Kingsend, Ruislip, has again taken out a litter abatement order against LU for a parcel of land opposite the station and behind a bus stop. The court hearing was supposed to take place on Tuesday, November 6, at Uxbridge Magistrates Court, but due to delays had to be postponed until January, 2013."The whole thing is a fiasco. I made the complaint to the Magistrates Court on April 3, and now it has been delayed until January."They (LU) hadn't even cleaned the area before the hearing, it was an absolute pig sty, and you would expect them to come to court and say 'it's been cleared now' and then I would get my costs."But they hadn't even done that."Now, Mr Silverman will have to wait until next year before he will find out if he has won his case against the Tube, who argue that the land Mr Silverman has made the complaint about is not their responsibility."Well that is complete nonsense. They are trying to say, because LU have put a fence up, that their responsibility lies within the fencing, but actually there is a brick wall a few inches apart from LU's fence and that land is also quite clearly their responsibility, and it's just full of junk."