Kingdom’s environmental protection officers have handed out more than 1,100 fines in their first month tackling litter in Wirral – a truly incredible achievement. The fantastic success has been profiled in an article in the local paper, the Wirral Globe, entitled “More than 1,000 fines handed out to Wirral litter louts in first month of new campaign”.
Kingdom started providing environmental protection services on behalf of Wirral Council on 1st July this year, and by the end of July had issued 1,176 fixed penalty notices. This was 10 times the number that had been issued in the previous five years combined, as only 90 fines were handed out by the council between 2010 and 2015.
Commenting on the fantastic results, Cllr Bernie Mooney, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: “I think we’ve shown in the first month of having Kingdom enforcing the legislation on our behalf that we mean business when it comes to delivering the council leader’s pledge to tackle littering, as well as fly-tipping and dog fouling.
“We are absolutely committed to cleaner streets, parks and open spaces and creating a more pleasant environment for all Wirral residents as they go about their day-to-day lives and we are heartened by the level of public support we have had for this approach.”
Michael Fisher, divisional director for environmental protection at Kingdom, said: “We are pleased with how our partnership with Wirral Council is developing as we work towards our common aim of reducing street litter and making the streets both cleaner and safer for all members of the community.
“Our officers patrol in an ‘intelligence led’ manner focusing our controls on identified litter hotspots operating a robust but always proportionate methodology to tackle the problem.
"We also use a wide range of technical support, including body worn cameras and a ‘real time’ capability of verifying details provided in the event of transgressions being identified. Our patrols are instructed to communicate openly with the community with the overall aim of inclusivity for the Wirral community to play their part in the task ahead.”
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities across the UK. They issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour. For more information about Kingdom’s environmental protection services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.