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Kingdom to crack down on littering in Thurrock

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From December, Kingdom’s officers will be patrolling the streets of Thurrock as they start a new 12 month pilot scheme to tackle littering on behalf of Thurrock Council.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection division aims to make our communities cleaner, safer and greener. It is led by experts with an ex-police and military background, and delivers over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities. Kingdom’s specialist teams issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, thus successfully reducing anti-social behaviour.

Announcing the new contract a press release by Thurrock Council said: “In recent months, extra resources have been put into the residents’ priority of improving the cleanliness of Thurrock’s roads and town centres. To complement the clean-up work, Thurrock Council is introducing additional enforcement resources to fine those who drop the litter which blights the borough.”

Speaking at a recent full meeting of Thurrock Council, the Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "The Clean It campaign is having a really positive effect across the borough. We said when we took administration we would firstly clean up the borough, then remind residents of the penalties for littering, and thirdly enforce.

"I am pleased to say with the unanimous support of the Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee, we will be taking on a dedicated enforcement resource. There can be no excuses for deliberately dropping litter on the streets of Thurrock and those who do will face a fixed penalty notice. Let this be the last warning – if you deliberately litter the roads and footways of Thurrock, you will face a fine – don't pay that fine and you will face the magistrates."

The Chair of Thurrock Council’s Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Oliver Gerrish, said: “I welcome this new pilot scheme to see what impact it can have on the borough – continuing as we are is not an option. The committee, the council and the residents want tough action against littering. It is the responsibility of everyone not to drop litter, and those who do so will rightly be fined.”

On the “Love Thurrock” page of their website, Thurrock Council says: “We want Thurrock to be a place that everyone is product to call home – with clean, safe, litter-free, well-maintained parks, streets and neighbourhoods. We’re taking a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who spoils the borough, issuing penalty notices with fines that range from £75 for anyone caught dropping litter to £400 for fly-tipping – with more than 500 bins in the borough, there really is no excuse.”

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.

Kingdom take a fresh approach to the support services market: adapting to the proliferation of new technologies and emerging security threats, whilst also offering their customers a leaner, smarter and more connected way of working.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.