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Kingdom issues £30,000 fines in one week in Wolverhampton

clip_image002Kingdom has once again made an incredible start providing environmental protection services for a new client, and as a result is making headlines around the country after handing out £30,000 of fines in just one week.

Kingdom started providing environmental protection services to Wolverhampton City Council on Monday 17th August as reported here, and by the beginning of September had already issued 401 fines. In comparison, last year before the trial began, the council handed out just 29 fixed penalty notices for littering. Kingdom is empowered to issue £75 fines for anyone caught littering, dropping cigarette butts and failing to clean up after their dog. Kingdom is patrolling the city centre and other “hot-spot” problem areas in Wednesfield, Bilston and West Park.

Articles about this fantastic success have appeared on websites and in news publications covering the length and breadth of the UK, including the Express & Star, the Daily Gazette, the Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times, the Northern Echo, The Westmorland Gazette, the Malvern Gazette, The Argus, the St Albans & Harpenden Review, the Leigh Journal, the Newmarket Journal, the Chorley Citizen, the Preston Citizen, the Durham Times, Asian Image, the Surrey Comet, the Evening Express, the Southend Standard, the Ilkley Gazette, This Is Local London, Wiltshire Business, the Shropshire Star, the South Wales Argus, and on AOL, Yahoo and MSN.

It was noted in the articles that Kingdom “has already established a track record in the field. Earlier this year the company’s litter officers handed out 1,176 fines in July alone under a contract with Wirral Council. After being employed by Havant Borough Council in May 2014, the firm’s enforcement teams had handed out 4,815 fines by July this year.”

Councillor Steve Evans, the Wolverhampton City Council cabinet member for the environment, said that the initiative was tackling the minority of people “who cannot be bothered to put litter in the bin”. He said the scheme had been broadly welcomed by the public, adding “we’ve had lots of complaints, particularly about dog fouling. Nobody wants to live in an area where there’s litter. The overwhelming majority do the right thing, but a small minority show totally the wrong behaviour, they can’t be bothered, and it’s disrespectful. At the end of the day, if you don’t want a fixed penalty notice, then clean up your dog mess and put your litter in the bin. I don’t want my kids going to the park and stepping in someone else’s dog mess.”

Michael Fisher, Kingdom’s Divisional Director for Environmental Protection, said: "Our aim is to patrol in an intelligence led manner focusing our controls on identified litter hot-spots operating a robust but always proportionate methodology to tackle the problem, utilising a wide range of technical support including body worn cameras."

The articles also reported that a survey of 2,100 people carried out by the environmental charity Hubbub earlier this year found that 86% thought that litter was a “disgusting habit”, but only 15% said they would confront someone they saw dropping litter, whilst 54% would like to, but would not dare. Kingdom’s environmental protection officers are doing what those people would like to do, confronting the people who litter our public places making them unpleasant to live and work in.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities, issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces. Kingdom’s services include tackling street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste and waste disposal licence checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti and fly-tipping and posting.

For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.