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Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers achieve multiple successes in Fenland

FenlandKingdom’s Environmental Protection officers have been praised for having achieved a number of successes on behalf of Fenland District Council.

Firstly, the 12-month trial that Kingdom is providing to Fenland District Council was reviewed after 6 months on the 28th November at the council’s overview and scrutiny committee.

This committee heard that there has been a district wide reduction in the amount of litter being dropped, with more than 1,000 hours of additional patrols being carried out by Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers in the last six months, and more than 900 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) having been issued to offenders caught dropping litter or failing to clean up after their dog had fouled.

In addition to this, 19 litter hotspots have been identified across the Fenland district with the help of local residents, and of these 19 districts, 15 have shown a reduction in the amount of litter dropped in the last six months. Wisbech saw the greatest improvement, with all the seven hotspots in the town seeing less litter, including less food and drink cartons, less cigarette related litter and less takeaway wrappers.

With Kingdom’s officers carrying out patrols across the district, it has freed up the council’s own street scene team to handle fly tipping instead, having now issued six £400 Fixed Penalty Notices for the offence this year. Following calls from the public, the council has decided to tackle spitting and urinating offences going forward in addition to littering and dog fouling.

Shortly after the council’s review of Kingdom’s services, five people who were caught dropping litter in Fenland and who refused to pay their £75 Fixed Penalty Notice found themselves in Peterborough Magistrates Court and ordered to pay £350 each instead – more than four times the original cost of the FPN. Fenland Council described it as “the litter louts have been ordered to pay a combined total of £1,750 in fines and court costs, in a stark warning about dropping rubbish on Fenland’s streets.” The prosecutions were reported in an article in the Cambs Times entitled “Less than famous Fenland five who refused £75 on the spot fines for littering faced with court bills of £350 each.”

Commenting on the prosecutions, Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “These prosecutions send out a clear message that we mean business when we say we won’t tolerate people dropping litter and dog fouling in Fenland.

“Our residents deserve to live in a clean and green environment and not have it blighted by people who think it is someone else’s responsibility to clear up their mess.

“If people don’t drop litter and pick up after their dogs, then they have nothing to worry about.

“I also hope these court cases show that it is far better to pay the fixed penalty notice than to ignore it and face a far bigger bill in court.”

Fenland District Council launched their “Tidy Fenland” crackdown on littering and dog fouling in May and brought in Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers on a 12 month trial to change attitudes and behaviours after facing a £1000 bill each day for cleaning Fenland’s streets, as well as repeated complaints from their residents about littering and dog fouling. As part of the campaign, the council has also put up campaign signs in hotspot areas and engagement events have been held at local markets.

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/


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