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Kingdom patrols transform Blaenau Gwent’s dirty streets

Blaenau_Gwent_County_Borough_CouncilKingdom was absolutely delighted to read an article in the South Wales Argus entitled “Patrols help clean up ‘dirtiest streets’ in Blaenau Gwent”.

Dated the 4th January 2018, the article explains that a new report by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council shows that complaints about dog fouling in Blaenau Gwent are down by 70% compared to five years ago, and that complaints about street cleanliness have dropped by 46% between 2011/12 and 2016/17. In fact, complaints about litter have been falling continuously since 2013. Bleanau Gwent had previously been considered to have some of the dirtiest streets in Wales according to surveys carried out by Keep Wales Tidy, but the council has been working with Kingdom since 2011 to tackle street cleanliness and turn this around.

The council’s report says that they are now one of the top performing local authorities in Wales for Litter and Dog Control Order Enforcement, and that the reason for the decrease in the number of complaints is the deterrent created by officers regularly patrolling the “hot spot” areas. The report says, “this appears to indicate that the use of full time Enforcement Officers targeting hot-spot areas is achieving a reduction in complaints about street cleanliness, particularly dog fouling.” It goes on to say that “street cleanliness is consistently considered to be a priority for both councillors and constituents.”

We are very pleased that the services we have provided to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council have made such a difference to the people living in this community on such an important matter, and look forward to continuing to work with the council and members of the public to improve their environment even further.

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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