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Kingdom to tackle litter and dog fouling in Gwynedd

GwyneddKingdom is very pleased to be starting a 12-month trial in January to provide Environmental Protection Services to Gwynedd Council in north-west Wales. Our officers will be patrolling the streets and public areas of Gwynedd as part of a crackdown on people dropping litter on the ground and failing to clean up after their pets, and will work in partnership with the street enforcement teams that are already in place in the county.

Gwynedd Council is the latest council in North Wales to ask Kingdom to provide Environmental Protection services, following in the footsteps of Conwy County Borough Council, Wrexham County Borough Council, Flintshire County Council and Denbighshire County Council. It means that once this contract starts, Kingdom will be providing Environmental Protection Services to all the counties in North Wales.

Gwynedd is the second biggest local government area in Wales in terms of geographical area, and is one of the most sparsely populated. A majority of the population are Welsh speaking. As part of the council’s agreement with Kingdom, all of Kingdom’s officers must be able to communicate in Welsh. The largest towns in Gwynedd include Bangor, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Bethesda, Ffestiniog, Llanddeiniolen, Llanllyfni and Pwllheli, and it is home to Bangor University and most of Snowdonia National Park.

Gwynedd Council consulted with Wrexham and Denbighshire before making the decision to trial our services, and the move came following the recommendations of a council scrutiny report which showed that residents, businesses and visitors wanted tougher actions against those who litter or allow their dog to foul. The report included findings from a survey and consultation sessions.

The deployment of Kingdom’s officers comes following a reduction of funding to the county’s street enforcement services of £64,500, a problem that many councils will be familiar with having had to tackle cuts for the past few years. The council was expected to receive £18,500 from fines in the last year, but instead only received £5,300.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Kingdom will bring in additional officers to boost the Council’s existing efforts to tackle littering and dog control offences.

“The pilot scheme will be self-financing, with the costs of enforcement being met from the income from fixed penalty notices. Similar arrangements are already in place across a number of north Wales councils.”

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/