Council environmental enforcement patrols will begin in Plymouth from 1 February.
The refreshed service will continue enforcement aimed at deterring littering, fly-tipping, fly-posting and dog fouling and control and will enable a more flexible approach to keeping our city clean.
This service has been born from the Council’s earlier decision to cancel its contract with Kingdom Services Group, who had provided the service since March 2018.
Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “I’m really pleased to have bought this service back in house, giving us the freedom to focus on our own priorities.
“We have promised to ensure that Plymouth is a green and pleasant city and I believe that this move will go a long way to delivering on that.”
So what’s changed?
The Council is now delivering this service in-house, going its own way to focus on its own priorities, having previously worked with Kingdom.
With full responsibility for keeping the city clean, it makes sense that the Council take full responsibility for enforcement as well.
The Council have recently improved the signs in a number of parks to make and will continue to do so to ensure that local rules on dog control are clear. More information on dog control can be found at www.plymouth.gov.uk/dogcontrol
Will there still be Fixed Penalty Notices?
Absolutely. Just because the Council are now enforcing themselves, it doesn’t mean that there will be more leniency for those caught offending. Environmental crimes will still be punished with FPNs.
The cost of FPNs are currently £80 for littering, £100 for dog fouling and control, £80 for fly-posting and £400 for fly-tipping.
All of the revenue received will go into paying for the service, with surplus invested into infrastructure and equipment to help keep the city clean.
What can residents do?
Talk to the Council. Report things. Tell us where the problems are. Be the eyes and ears. Does your area have a particular issue with litter? Is dog control at a particular children’s play area getting you down?
Log on to our website, tell where you saw it and when, with as much information as possible to help identify perpetrators.
Here’s the link: www.plymouth.gov.uk/envirocrime