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Kingdom heads to West Yorkshire to tackle litter

Kirklees famously provided the beautiful landscapes and scenery for the BBC’s long running comedy series Last of the Summer Wine for nearly forty years. Now, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers are heading to Yorkshire to help keep this beautiful part of the country looking wonderful.

The Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees includes Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite. The largest town is Huddersfield, which is where Kirklees Council is based. Starting from April 2017, Kingdom will be working across the district, tackling littering (including dropping cigarette ends and chewing gum), dog fouling and other offences, including the selling or repairing of multiple vehicles on the highway, distributing and displaying flyers and posters without permission, and not having a dog on a lead where required. They will start a 12 month trial in April, issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught carrying out the offences above. Kingdom’s officers will be wearing real time body cameras as they patrol as always.

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Enforcement Management, Councillor Naheed Mather, has said:

“We have really considered the risks and benefits of involving a private company but feel the time is now right to take this next trial step. We do not have the numbers of staff that can cover the district ourselves, but the company will choose when and where to go and they will issue the notices.”

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. The specialist teams deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities the length and breadth of the UK. They issue FPNs to anyone caught breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces.

Kingdom aims to keep the places where we live, work and visit cleaner, safer and greener. The annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets has been estimated at £1billion, with around 14 million incidents of anti-social behaviour reported each year. This equates to 26 incidents every minute.

To find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.