Environmental Enforcement Contract awarded

 

Thanet Council awards Environmental Enforcement Contract to Kingdom

After a successful year long trial of using Environmental Enforcement Officers to help reduce the amount of litter that is dropped on Thanet’s streets, beaches and open spaces, Thanet District Council has awarded Kingdom Security Limited a new three year contract.

Over the last 12 months the Environmental Enforcement Officers, working on behalf of Thanet District Council, have issued over 3,300 fixed penalty notices, of £80, to anyone caught dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dog.

The council spends £1.2 million a year cleaning the district’s streets. It is hoped that by continuing the enforcement action, individuals will be encouraged to help make Thanet a cleaner place, both more enjoyable to live in and to visit.

Kingdom, who were selected after going through the council’s procurement process, already work successfully alongside several councils in the UK including Canterbury and Maidstone in Kent.

Michael Fisher, Divisional Director at Kingdom says:

“On behalf of Kingdom and all the members of the Environmental Protection Division I am delighted that Kingdom has been chosen to continue the work we started 12 months ago, with the aim of making the streets and public spaces of Thanet cleaner and a healthier place for the community to reside.

We have received great support from the officers and members of Thanet District Council but also from the community who in the main support the efforts to free the streets of litter and dog excrement!

We will continue to work alongside our local authority colleagues in an ‘intelligence led’ manner concentrating on litter hotspots identified from diverse sources within the district.”

Dropping litter and not cleaning after your dog are both offences which are illegal. As well as enforcing this law with an £80 fine, the scheme will also include positive incentives to encourage people to take responsibility for their litter or dog waste.

Councillor Suzanne Brimm – Cabinet Member for Operational Services said, “Littering is an antisocial activity which negatively impacts both residents and visitors to the district. Over the year we feel that the Environmental Enforcement Officers have helped to reduce the amount of litter and dog mess which is present on our streets and open spaces. I am pleased that we have been able to appoint Kingdom on a long term contract so that they can continue this good work.”

For more information please contact Thanet District Council’s Press Office on 01843 577034 or email [email protected].

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