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Kingdom to tackle littering and dog fouling on Anglesey

Kingdom is pleased to be starting to carry out Environmental Protection services for yet another council in North Wales – this time it is the Isle of Anglesey County Council.

The new contract is for a 12-month trial and was announced in two articles - one in the Daily Post entitled “Anglesey Council chiefs trial new firm to tackle dog mess and litterbugs”, and another in News North Wales entitled “Private firm set to take on Anglesey’s dirty dogs in fouling crackdown.

Explaining the process in their article, the Daily Post said: “The St Helen’s based company already patrols litter and dog fouling issues for 35 other councils including Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. From the start of the trial, they will issue fixed fines of £75 for all littering and dog fouling offences. Under the system preferred by Anglesey Council, although they would pay nothing to Kingdom, the authority would only receive a 5% cut of every fine dished out.”

The newspaper reported that although there have been 282 complaints of dog fouling there have been no on the spot fines issued for dog fouling during the last two years by the council, and that only ten fixed penalty notices having been issued for littering during the same period.

Explaining why the council will be using Kingdom, a spokesman for the council said: “We can issue fixed penalty notices when people drop litter or fail to clean up after their dog has fouled, but historically the number of fines issued has been very low and we are aware that it’s a contentious issue across the island.”

In other to tackle this problem, Kingdom is therefore due to a start a year long trial, and, as the paper puts it, “will now be responsible for sorting out the problem.”

A spokesman for the council said: “Designated Kingdom enforcement staff will be appointed as authorised officers of the council to enable them to carry out enforcement work including issuing of relevant fixed penalty notices. Income generated from the issuing of fixed penalty notices will be used to meet environmental objectives. If the enforcement trial is proving a success after an initial three-month period, we will consider extending the trial with Kingdom to include providing penalty notices for on-street and off-street parking.”

He added: “The main aim of this initial trial is to ensure that Anglesey has cleaner streets.”

The move to appoint Kingdom and therefore to see cleaner streets in Anglesey was approved by the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s executive on Monday 20th March.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. Their specialist teams deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities. They issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour.

For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.