Kingdom has made a fantastic start tackling litter and dog fouling on behalf of Ashford Borough Council, handing out more than 100 fines for littering in their first three days of patrols.
Kingdom’s initial 12 month trial period tackling litter and dog fouling in the borough started on the 5th September 2016, and in the first three days Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Officers handed out 113 fines.
£75 on the spot fines are being issued to anyone caught deliberately dropping litter or not clearing up after their dog. There will be no reduction in cost for early payment. The new crackdown comes after it was recently announced that the council has not issued any littering fines in the last three and a half years.
Commenting on the news, an Ashford council spokesman said: “Officers from Kingdom began patrolling Ashford town centre on Wednesday, September 7. From September 7 to September 9, a total of 113 fixed penalty notices were issued and approximately 15 have been paid.
“Kingdom used these initial three days to undertake some important staff training exercises, meaning more officers than normal were on duty at this time. From now on there will be four officers patrolling across the borough.
“The litter enforcement campaign is not about making money. It’s about trying to stop people littering, and improving the environment to make Ashford a cleaner and tidier place.
“The project is likely to be cost-neutral, but if any profits are made they will be pushed back into supporting other environmental projects within the council, including additional dog warden patrols and equipment for litter education and enforcement campaigns.”
Kingdom’s officers do not have a target for issuing fixed penalty notices from the council, but they are expecting a significant number of fines to be handed out over the 12 month period.
Patrols will be flexible and will be able to move to different locations if required, particularly if there are specific problems in certain locations, or if there are major events taking place. The officers will not be operating covertly - they will wear uniforms similar to the council’s parking enforcement officers, identity badges and body-worn cameras which should improve payment rates and reduce appeals.
This is the eighth council in Kent that Kingdom is now providing environmental protection services for, with the others being Tunbridge Wells District Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Swale Borough Council, Canterbury City Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Thanet District Council and Dartford Borough Council. Kingdom’s specialist teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military background and deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities across the UK.
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