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Kingdom continues mission to keep Wrexham cleaner, safer and greener

wrexham councilKingdom’s first six months since being chosen to continue providing environmental protection services on behalf of Wrexham Borough Council have continued to be a success.

In the last six months, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers have issued 2,768 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to people caught dropping litter or failing to clean up after their dog has fouled. 671 people have been prosecuted over the last six months, having refused to pay the FPN and instead preferring to challenge it in court.

Kingdom has been providing environmental protection services on behalf of Wrexham County Borough Council since April 2016, tackling litter and dog fouling by issuing FPNs of £75. We were originally chosen to provide services for a 12-month pilot period.

In April of this year Kingdom was awarded the contract to continue providing environmental protection services in Wrexham for at least the next two years due to the success of the pilot scheme.

Six months on since the awarding of the contract, a report is to go before the council’s homes and environment scrutiny committee this week. In it, Darren Williams, service manager for the environment department, says: “Despite significant efforts by the Council over many years, environmental crime, and particularly dog fouling and littering, remain an issue and an area of concern for Wrexham’s communities.

Wrexham Council and Kingdom’s enforcement team work hard to ‘educate’ the public at every opportunity about the reasons for taking environmental enforcement.

”Proactive campaigns have been introduced and actively marketed including the ‘bin it to win it’ scheme rewarding positive litter behaviour.

”The team also engage in other activities including; replacing signage, liaison with local communities about litter ‘hot spots’ and particular issues and are currently dedicating officers to complete some focused work on dog fouling and dog control, particularly earlier and later in the day.

”This is in addition to utilising intelligence provided by elected members and the public to ensure that patrols take place at the right times.

“The most significant risk to the council is public perception resulting from a more proactive approach to the enforcement of littering and dog fouling offences.

”Over the years, there have been a number of negative reports in the national press concerning the alleged overzealous nature of private enforcement companies, particularly in relation to the handling of the more vulnerable members of the community (ie elderly and young people).

”Kingdom do not issue penalty notices to under 18s.”

Kingdom was originally chosen to provide the 12 month pilot scheme in Wrexham due to the high number of complaints that the council received about dog fouling in 2015, and because the cost of tackling litter had risen to £1.2 million per year. In the first six months of the pilot 3,200 FPNs were issued, and in January this year it was announced that Wrexham was the first council in the country to be collecting more fines from littering than parking.

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months. If you would like 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/