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Kingdom wins Liverpool contract after successful pilot

ots-liverpool-city-council-logo-640-southport-ots-onthespot-ots-otsnews.co_.uk_0Kingdom is very pleased to announce that, following a very successful six month pilot, they have won the contract to continue to provide environmental protection services on a permanent basis on behalf of Liverpool City Council

Kingdom’s six month trial period started on Monday 27th February 2017, when we started providing 16 Environmental Protection officers as well as a supporting administration team.

Over the last five months, Kingdom’s has been tackling littering and dog fouling on behalf of the council, issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs – on the spot fines) to anyone caught dropping litter (which includes chewing gum and cigarette ends) or failing to clean up after their dog, both within the City Centre itself and on a patrol matrix covering the outer districts. In order to do this, Kingdom has provided four vehicles and has been covering diverse times and locations in an intelligence led manner.

In the first two months working in Liverpool, Kingdom’s officers handed out 6,227 Fixed Penalty Notices. The revenue received by Liverpool City Council is being reinvested in wider environmental services within the authority. Headlines were initially made when Kingdom’s officers handed out 315 FPN fines on their first day – more than were handed out in total in the previous year.

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Steve Munby, said back in May that: “Our clear message to people is that dropping litter is not about keeping a street cleanser in a job - it is anti-social behaviour and blights communities. We said we’d be taking a zero tolerance approach and the figures so far show that Kingdom are doing just that.”

Kingdom is particularly pleased to be working with Liverpool City Council, as Liverpool City Centre is less than 20 miles away from Kingdom’s National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows. It is therefore a huge honour for Kingdom to be providing environmental protection services to this key city that is right on our doorstep.

The City of Liverpool metropolitan borough has a population of over 470,000, and together with its surrounding areas forms the fifth largest metropolitan area in the UK. It is therefore vital that Liverpool is kept clean, not only for the hundreds of thousands of people who live and work there, but also for the 75 million tourists who visit the city each year. Tourism is a significant part of the city’s economy. People from all around the country and around the world visit Liverpool, and it is therefore important that the city looks the very best that it can to make visitors feel welcome, comfortable and safe. Kingdom is delighted to be continuing to play a key role in making sure that is the case.

Kingdom aims to make our communities cleaner, safer and greener. Their Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background and delivers over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per year on behalf of local authorities up and down the country. They issue FPNs to individuals seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces in order to reduce anti-social behaviour.

The annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets has previously been estimated at over £1billion, with 14 million incidents of anti-social behaviour reported every year. This equals 26 incidents every minute. Kingdom’s high profile, specialist enforcement teams successfully reduces this anti-social behaviour.

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.