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Wolverhampton’s littering fines rise from 25 to 5,000 in a year under Kingdom

clip_image002We’re pleased to be able to start the year with some good news – unless you’re someone who drops litter and used cigarettes, in which case this is probably bad news! 5,000 fines for littering were issued for dropping litter in Wolverhampton during the 2015/16 financial year, with £243,966 worth of fines handed out. This was a huge increase on the 25 fines which were handed out in the 2014/15 financial year.

The figures were announced on the 2nd January 2017 and published in an article in the Express & Star entitled “Huge rise as 5,000 fines issued for dropping litter in Wolverhampton”.

Kingdom started providing Environmental Protection services on behalf of Wolverhampton City Council in August 2015. It is part of the council’s “Cleaner Greener Better” campaign and means that there is no cost to the council and therefore no cost to the taxpayer.

Kingdom’s environmental protection officers issue immediate, on the spot fines of £75 to people caught dropping litter or cigarettes in the city or letting their dogs foul without picking it up. Kingdom’s officers wear body cameras to record all interactions with the public.

They are led by experts with an ex-police and military background. Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division delivers over 270,000 hours per year on behalf of local authorities up and down the country.

Kingdom receives £45 of every fixed penalty noticed issued, with £30 going to Wolverhampton City Council. This goes towards the cost of tackling other environmental issues in the city, including the removal of fly-tipping.

Commenting on the excellent figures, Councillor Steve Evans, the Cabinet Member for City Environment at Wolverhampton City Council said: “The council takes the problem of littering seriously and residents, businesses and visitors are united in wanting a zero-tolerance approach to the issue.

“Last year we appointed Kingdom Security to provide a highly visible team of enforcement officers who are on hand to issue on the spot fixed penalty notices of £75 to people either caught dropping litter, cigarette butts or chewing gum on the street or who let their dogs foul without picking it up.

“This demonstrates that the council means business when it comes to tackling the minority of anti-social people who litter our streets, and on the whole the response from the public has been very positive.”

At the end of December, it was announced that people who dropped cigarette butts in Wolverhampton had been fined over £800,000 over the past 17 months. 10,789 people have been ordered to pay £75 each, as detailed in an article in the Express & Star entitled “Litter-lout smokers hit by £800k fines after stubbing out their cigarettes.”

A Wolverhampton Council Council spokesperson, said: “Dropping litter is selfish and anti-social. These figures make clear that if you do that in Wolverhampton you run the very real risk of being landed with a £75 fine.”

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.