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Kingdom tackling litter and dog fouling in Lancashire

Blackburn-With-Darwen-CouncilKingdom is pleased to have started a 12 month pilot scheme providing Environmental Protection Services to Blackburn with Darwen Council in Lancashire.

Anyone caught dropping litter (which includes cigarette butts and chewing gum) or not cleaning up after their dog has fouled is being given a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by Kingdom’s officers, who are patrolling the streets and public places wearing body cameras.

Our team will patrol both Blackburn and Darwen town centres, as well as parks, open spaces and problem areas. Kingdom has been called in by the council after receiving complaints from residents who were “fed up with having to step around dog mess and litter on the streets,” according to an article in the Lancashire Telegraph.

The FPN for dropping litter will be £75, whereas the FPN for not cleaning up your dog mess will be £100, although it will be reduced to £75 if it is paid within 10 days.

Our first day providing services to the council was Wednesday 18th October 2017.

The scheme itself won’t cost the council, and therefore tax payers, a penny, as it is self financing, with our costs being covered by the income from the Fixed Penalty Notices. In fact, rather than having to pay out for environmental protection, the council will get money back from the scheme which will be spent on improving the local area.

Commenting on the new contract, Cllr Jim Smith who is responsible for the environment at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “Decent people have simply had enough of this disgusting behaviour.

“This litter enforcement service is about taking back the streets for these law-abiding citizens, and making offenders take responsibility for their actions.

“Time and time again people have told me that dog fouling and litter are important priorities for them.

“It can spoil streets and communities and is a blight for so many people.

“They have had enough of the selfish minority of people who spoil our neighbourhoods for everyone.

“The fine is a fair amount as some of that money will go into the health department to improve our parks and make our streets cleaner.

“So this is a warning for anyone who thinks they can leave their dog mess or drop litter and get away with it: you will likely end up with a big fine to pay.

“The simple thing is no one will get fined who does not drop litter.

“This is the council saying we have been warning you and will make you pay if you litter.”

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/