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Kingdom helping Fenland to tackle environmental crime

10Kingdom has recently started tackling environmental crime on behalf of Fenland District Council as part of a new community-driven campaign, and is pleased to see that it is already making a difference.

“Tidy Fenland” was launched by Fenland District Council on 1st June 2017. As part of the campaign signs have been put up in hotspot areas across the district, engagement events have been held at local markets and Kingdom has started carrying out tough new enforcement patrols on behalf of the council.

This includes enforcing the council’s new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control, which includes dog fouling. Anyone caught breaching the PSPO or dropping litter is being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £75. This is reduced to £65 if the fine is paid within 21 days.

According to the Fenland District Council website, the campaign was launched “in response to public calls for more enforcement against people damaging the local environment with littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping.” Members of the public are helping to inform the council of hotspot areas, and as a result patrol rotas are changing on a daily basis to reflect their concerns.

Within the first month Kingdom issued 184 FPNs for littering, dog fouling and fly tipping in the areas covered, which include Wisbech, March, Chatteris and Whittlesey. The council is also working with local schools to educate people, with dog fouling posters having already been created by pupils from eight local primary schools. Local businesses are also being encouraged by the council to help manage environmental issues near their premises.

Commenting on why Fenland Council has turned to Kingdom for help, Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “As a council we have tried many ways to tackle environmental crime, but the problem has continued. It not only blights our towns and villages, and spoils people’s enjoyment of our district, but the cleansing of Fenland costs taxpayers £1,000 a day.

“Tidy Fenland is a much tougher approach to the issue. The public has asked for more enforcement against those responsible and the campaign is helping us to deliver that.”

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/