(Declarations of interest in relation to this item are
set out in Minute 31 above)
The Lead Member for Place –
Environment and Transport submitted a report (HEP/96/17s) to provide an update on
the Council’s environmental enforcement service and a review of performance of
Kingdom, the third party contractor engaged by the Council since 1 April 2017
to undertake environmental enforcement duties across the County Borough.
The Chair reminded the
Committee that the request to consider this topic had been submitted by Mr
Jerry O’Keeffe, Chair of the Audit Committee who then briefly outlined the
background to the request.
Members considered the report
and asked questions of the Lead Member and officers present. In debate the following matters were
sought on the level of income received by the Council arising from the contract
with Kingdom. It was reported that in
the last financial year the Council had received approximately £11k.
expressed that, as demonstrated in the report, in excess of 90% of FPNs issued
related to dropped cigarettes and there was a perception that Kingdom officers were targeting the
more easy enforcement cases. Members requested a change in the balance
between cigarette litter and other types of litter and a need for more emphasis on
dog fouling enforcement. The Lead Member responded that Kingdom
operated on a ‘no tolerance’ approach and all types of littering and dog control orders would be
enforced. The Lead Member referred to
the Keep Wales Tidy All-Wales Local Environmental
Audit and Management Systems (LEAMS) report advising that Wrexham reflected the
national picture in respect of street cleanliness. He further offered to circulate a copy of the
report to Committee members.
sought as to the level of influence the Council had in setting the priorities
for Kingdom officers. The Lead Member
reported that Council officers met regularly with Kingdom officers to review key
performance information and to offer targeted information.
Dog fouling was
identified as a priority but catching instances of this was difficult.
that every ward was receiving at least one visit by Kingdom officers per week
and it was requested that the balance of enforcement be shifted away from the
town centre to the more rural areas. The
officer reported that all wards received
a minimum of one weekly visit and Members were encouraged to share any
intelligence that they had to enable targeted enforcement in their wards. The Lead Member advised that Members could
meet with Kingdom officers to discuss ‘hotspot’ areas within their wards for
sought in respect of the use of enforcement on private land and the need to
balance its use. It was reported that
this was permitted in accordance with legislation.
regarding the current appeals process and requested that an independent person
review cases. The Lead Member reported
that the model for appeals met legislative requirements.
improvements in respect of littering had been realised arising from the
contract with Kingdom.
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