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Kingdom wins contract to protect the environment in Northampton

Northampton-Borough-Council-JPEGKingdom is gearing up to start providing environmental protection services in Northampton to reduce the amount of littering in the East Midlands town. Northampton is one of the largest towns in the UK.

We were very pleased to be awarded the contract for an initial three-year period by Northampton Borough Council in early December 2017, and will start providing services to the council at the end of January 2018. The contract has the option of being extended by an additional two years.

Kingdom’s environmental protection officers will be patrolling the streets of Northampton issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to anyone caught dropping litter, which by law includes cigarette butts and chewing gum, in public areas such as parks, roads and pavements. As well as issuing FPNs, our officers will be encouraging members of the public to use the numerous bins provided throughout the town rather than drop litter on the floor. Our officers will not be offered commission on the number of fines handed out.

Initially, our patrols will be focusing on Northampton town centre as the Borough Council wants to cut down on the amount of littering that currently takes place there. However, the council can expand the service at any point during the contract so that our officers patrol areas outside of Northampton town centre as well, and our remit may be extended to include fly tipping in addition to littering.

As always, our officers will be wearing body cameras at all times in order to provide evidence that supports their actions. We will also be responsible for administering all fines, including a robust appeals process.

Commenting on Kingdom’s new contract, Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “Our aim with this contract is to educate people that littering our beautiful town is not okay.

“Those caught dropping their rubbish without a care can expect to receive a fine, though a key part of this contract is about changing behaviours.

“Income from fines will pay for the service, so it is cost-neutral to the taxpayer. It will also help to determine what other enforcement measures might be added.”

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/