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Kingdom battling litter and dog fouling in Hastings

new hbc logo A4 08Hastings is home to a new battle – this time against litter and dog fouling.

Kingdom started work providing environmental protection services on the 3rd July 2017 on behalf of Hastings Borough Council to crack down on litter and dog fouling in the borough. Initially this will be on a six month trial basis.

Kingdom’s officers will patrol across the borough, and where they patrol will be based on intelligence gathered from littering and dog fouling complaints made to the council by members of the public, and information from the council’s wardens.

They will issue £80 fixed penalty notices (FPNs – which are on the spot fines) to anyone caught deliberately dropping litter, and £100 FPNs to anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog. There will not be a reduction in the fine for early payment. They will be wearing council branded uniforms and body-worn cameras.

Speaking about why the council has chosen to embark on this major initiative for the borough, Councillor Colin Fitzgerald, the council’s lead member for the environment, said:

“Like all residents and visitors to the borough, we want Hastings to be tidy and clean. We want it to be a pleasant place to live, work and visit. We are proud of our borough and we know our community is too.

“Local residents have told us about the problem of dog fouling and littering. We responded with a hard hitting publicity campaign and by making it possible to report these issues, quickly and easily online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Then we introduced two Public Space Protection Orders to deal with dog fouling and anti-social behaviour.

“As we highlighted earlier this year an anti-social minority still drop shocking amounts of litter, such as smoking related litter, and cause disgusting problems by not clearing up after their dogs.

Councillor Fitzgerald also added that Kingdom is “working for the council and for residents and visitors. With their help we can keep Hastings clean and tidy,” and asked that “residents and visitors to do their bit to help us keep the town clean by reporting dog fouling, litter, fly tipping and more on My Hastings.”

The full press release from Hastings Borough Council can be viewed here on their website.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background and delivers over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities up and down the UK. They issue fixed penalty notices to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces in order to reduce anti-social behaviour.

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