Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is very pleased to have been awarded a four year contract to continue tackling litter and dog fouling on behalf of Dartford Borough Council until at least 2020, with the option of extending this by a further four years.
Kingdom started a trial period patrolling the borough on Monday 25th January 2016. As a result of the trial being successful, Kingdom has now won the contract to provide the service full time following the tender process. The new contract officially started on the 24th December 2016. The decision to introduce the trial came following a public consultation by the council back in October 2015.
During the pilot, Kingdom’s officers have been patrolling within Dartford town centre and some of the outer lying shopping areas such as Longfield, Greenhithe and Swanscombe. They have also been patrolling the council’s parks and open spaces and regularly patrol identified ‘hot spot areas’ following intelligence and information received.
Kingdom has been providing four officers, including a team leader and a separate administration support officer sited at the Council’s offices, to conduct join and single patrols six days a week. They have been issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) of £75 to people dropping litter and £50 to people for failing to clean up after their dog. Recipients of the FPNs have 14 days to pay them.
As well as tackling litter and dog fouling, the officers also act as a visible presence in the town centre and are linked into the Dartford Town Against Crime (DTAC) network and into the town centre radio network. On occasions they have assisted in providing information related to persons such as known shop lifters, and with events.
In the first four months of the trial, Kingdom’s officers issued 1,076 Fixed Penalty Notices. Just over 72% of the fines in the first three months of the trial were paid in full, enough to mean that the service was operating at no cost to the council.
Speaking during the trial period last year, council leader Councillor Jeremy Kite said: “The litter patrol is going really well, the town is looking cleaner as we had hoped. We have got a record as a council as not usually being one of these fining, ‘in your face’ kind of councils, but the problem with the litter became unacceptable.”
Dartford is one of eight councils in Kent that Kingdom is successfully providing environmental protection services for, the others being Tunbridge Wells District Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Swale Borough Council, Canterbury City Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Thanet District Council and Ashford 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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