Council take reins in fight against litter louts

LitterPlymouth City Council is taking back control of environmental enforcement.

Since March, Kingdom Services Group have worked in partnership with the Council to deliver enforcement aimed at deterring littering, fly-tipping, fly-post and dog fouling and control.

In a move designed to allow a more flexible approach to keep our city clean, this service will now be delivered in-house.

Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “We have enjoyed a very good working relationship with Kingdom over the past nine months but we’re now keen to go our own way and focus on our own priorities.

“We as a Council have full responsibility for cleaning our city, so it make sense both ethically and operationally that we take full responsibility for enforcement as well.

“We always had this break in the contract with Kingdom and we have parted amicably. I’d like to thank Kingdom for their professionalism and wish them well for the future.”

The Council’s Corporate Plan sets out a clear aim to ensure that Plymouth is a green and pleasant city and entered a contract with Kingdom to enforce against a number of different environmental crimes, through Fixed Penalty Notices.

Data shows that a majority of Fixed Penalty Notices issued by Kingdom were for dropping cigarette butts in the city centre, and whilst it remains important to make sure that people know this is unacceptable and will be enforced against, we want to take a broader approach.

By having the enforcement facility in-house, there will be more scope to move away from the city centre and target specific areas based on intelligence from other services. There will also be freedom to support targeted campaigns, similar to the current crackdown on dog fouling.

Councillor Haydon added: “Just because we are now enforcing ourselves, it doesn’t mean that those who blight our beautiful city with their irresponsible actions will get away with slap on the wrist.

“Although our officers will be trained to interact and educate with residents more than in the past, environmental crimes will still incur Fixed Penalty Notices.”

The cost of FPNs are set by the government and will stay the same.

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.

It is anticipated that Kingdom will continue to work with the Council until early 2019.