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Kingdom set to tackle environmental crimes in Plymouth

Plymouth_City_Council.svg_Kingdom is very pleased to have been awarded a 12 month pilot contract to start providing environmental protection services in Plymouth, Devon, on behalf of Plymouth City Council, following a competitive procurement process. The move was announced recently by the council in a news release on their website entitled “Council appoint Kingdom as enforcement contractors.”

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Officers will be patrolling Plymouth’s streets and public spaces in order to prevent littering, dog fouling, fly-posting and fly-tipping. Although the local authority currently has staff that are trained in gathering and reporting evidence, they do not have a large number of them which has been limiting their ability to provide a proactive presence out and about in the community. Going forward, the council’s expert and experienced staff will help to guide our officers so that the council can proactively tackle issues around the city, rather than providing a reactive service.

Our officers will be issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught dropping litter (which includes cigarette butts and chewing gum), not cleaning up after their dog, or dumping waste, in order to help Plymouth City Council to deliver their “Corporate Plan”, which includes the aim to ensure that Plymouth is a “green and pleasant city”.

In order to assist the council with this aim, members of the public in Plymouth are being encouraged to contact the council if they see an environmental crime being committed. If they are able to identify the person committing the crime and provide a witness statement, it may be possible to issue an FPN. Anyone caught either littering of fly-posting will be given an FPN of £80. Anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog will be given an FPN of £100, whilst anyone caught fly-tipping will be given an FPN of £400.

Commenting on Kingdom’s appointment, the Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer said: “Local residents often speak to me about littering, dog fouling, and fly tipping. This administration has made it clear it is committed to tackling these issues and the Council will now “beef up” enforcement activities in order to deal more effectively with these anti-social activities.

“I’m delighted that we have moved forward with this initiative and welcome Kingdom Security on board. We believe they share our vision for the fair but firm way that this scheme will operate. Having extra staff on the street will force offenders to think about their behaviours and how they affect their neighbours which will hopefully lead to a cleaner city for us all to enjoy.”

Commenting on behalf of Kingdom, our Director of Operations, John Dunne, said: “We look forward to helping Plymouth City Council with their aim to ensure people live and visit a green and pleasant city.”

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/