Kingdom is pleased to announce that they are to start a 12-month pilot scheme providing environmental protection services in Burnley, Lancashire, starting from 12th April 2017.
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers will start patrolling the streets of Burnley on behalf of Burnley Council to crackdown on littering and dog fouling. They will carry out patrols to identify “hot spot” areas where there is an issue with people dropping litter (which includes cigarette ends and chewing gum), street begging, and people allowing their dog to foul and not picking it up.
Kingdom’s officers will be able to issue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £75 to anyone caught doing any of these. The scheme is self-financing, with the costs being covered by the income raised from the Fixed Penalty Notices. Council Streetscene officers will also continue to carry out enforcement work.
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 270,000 environmental protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities, tackling offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, and therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour.
Burnley Council has decided to go down this route because, despite having a zero tolerance approach to litter and already being one of the best performing local authorities in the country when it comes to prosecuting fly-tippers, a recent survey conducted by the council showed that litter and dog fouling were still considered to be the biggest problems faced by residents of the borough.
Commenting on the news, Councillor Lian Pate, Burnley Council’s executive member for community services, said: “Burnley Council means business when it comes to tackling environmental crime. Our residents are fed up with the selfish minority who spoil our neighbourhoods for everyone. Time and time again people tell us that rubbish and dog fouling are important concerns for them.
“Anyone who drops litter and chewing gum or doesn’t clean up after their dog should face the prospect of having to pay a £75 fine. Burnley Council has taken a tough approach to this kind of anti-social behaviour for years. Most people are proud of their town and want to keep it clean and tidy. However, despite years of trying to work with people to tackle these problems there are still some who persist in dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dog. It’s now time to take an even tougher approach.”
Speaking about the new contract, Kingdom said: “Kingdom is delighted to be working in partnership with Burnley Council in its efforts to keep the town clean and tidy.
“The teams we deploy are very experienced and trained to the highest standards. Our track record is reflective of our consistent level of excellence.
“Those who continue to drop litter, including cigarette butts and chewing gum, or do not pick up dog foul are a risk of receiving a fixed penalty notice as we work with Burnley Council to tackle such offences.”
The announcement was made by Burnley Council in this press release, and has been reported in two newspapers – the Lancashire Telegraph in an article entitled “Council crackdown on litter to keep the streets clean”, and in an article in the Burnley Express with the title “Council wages war on dog fouling.”
The annual cost of cleaning the UK streets has been estimated at £1 billion, with around 14 million incidents of anti-social behaviour reported each year, equating to 26 incidents every minute. To find out more about how Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division can help your local authority to tackle litter, dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour, please call us on 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/.