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Kingdom’s litter patrols head to Bexley

clip_image002Yet another local authority has turned to Kingdom to help it tackle environmental issues on its streets and in its public places. The London Borough of Bexley is introducing a 12-month trial scheme, starting in the autumn, which will enforce laws on littering, dog fouling and fly tipping. This is happening in response to calls from members of the public for tough action to be taken with regards to these types of anti-social behaviour, and following the council having to spend £38,000 of public money clearing waste from fly tipping.

Explaining why the London Borough of Bexley has become the latest local authority to use Kingdom’s Environmental Protection services, cabinet member Cllr Peter Craske said:

“Last year Bexley taxpayers were forced to spend £38,000 clearing up fly tipping and I know they are fed up with people dropping or seeing a small minority of dog owners walk off leaving their pet’s mess on the pavement.

“This pilot scheme aims to crack down on this anti-social behaviour, and hopefully save taxpayers’ money too. I am sure Bexley residents will support this initiative.

“One of the reasons Bexley is one of the best places to live in the UK is because we take pride in having a clean and tidy community and no-one wants to see it ruined by a small minority.”

Kingdom will provide up to five uniformed officers who will patrol areas of the borough that have been highlighted by residents or by council staff as having a problem with littering, dog fouling or fly tipping. They will be fully uniformed and display the borough logo. They will be provided with body worn cameras to guard against the possibility of confrontation, abuse and false accusations and to provide evidence of offences.

The aim will be to recover the cost of running the service through Fixed Penalty Notice fines. Fixed Penalty Notices will be issued to people seen committing the offence of littering, allowing their dog to foul public areas and not clear up after their pet, and fly tipping. There will be a £50 for dog fouling, an £80 fine for littering and a maximum of £400 for fly tipping. Full payment of the fine will be required in all cases, with no reduction for early payment. The trial will be publicised in advance so that people are aware of the new enforcement policy. Any young offenders will have their details recorded and a warning letter will be sent to their parents or school.

The news release from the London Borough of Bexley noted that: “The service will be delivered by Kingdom Security Ltd, who currently provides a similar service for seven councils in Kent and six London boroughs. They report a reduction in littering and greater awareness among the public of the need to clean up after yourself and your pets.”

Innovative, independent and driven to explore new ways Kingdom successfully manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard specialising in security, cleaning and environmental protection. Our national network of regional support offices manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard, benchmarked by all the major UK quality accreditation bodies.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest independently owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Commercially strong they have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers.

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