Litter enforcement officers in Darlington issue 700 Fixed Penalty Notices in four months

Litter enforcement officers in Darlington have issued almost 700 Fixed Penalty Notices since the beginning of their contract, according to figures obtained by What’s On Darlington.

The figures, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information request sent to Darlington Borough Council, revealed that a total of 693 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued since the Kingdom Service Group came into force in September 2018, with more than 250 of them being issued within the first month.

Out of the 693 Fixed Penalty Notices issued, 692 of them were for littering, whilst one was for dog fouling.

MonthFixed Penalty Notices IssuedFPNs issued for LitteringFPNs issued for Dog Fouling
October 20182572570
November 20182152150
December 20181301291
January 201991910

A Fixed Penalty Notice for an individual aged 18 or over is £75. Out of the Fixed Penalty Notices issued by the litter enforcement officers, 536 are liable to pay, of which 332 have currently paid (totalling £24,900).

A total of 19 Fixed Penalty Notices have been written off, with payment outstanding from 342 people*.

As part of the contract with Kingdom Service Group, litter enforcement officers work 8 hours per day for 5 days per week (minus a reasonable time for lunch and comfort breaks). Two officers also work an additional two Saturdays each per month.

The contract in Darlington town centre is initially for a six-month period, with the option for a longer term arrangement.

However, a report prepared ahead of a Darlington Borough Council Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 recommended that the pilot contract should be terminated when it comes to an end on Sunday, March 31st. 2019.

Speaking before the meeting, councillor Nick Wallis, the Cabinet member for leisure and local environment, explained: “We said at the start of this project that it was a trial basis and we would assess how it was working after six months.

“We have received feedback from people and businesses and on that basis it is being recommended that we do not continue with the pilot.”

*This information is correct as of Thursday, February 7th, 2019.

David Wriglesworth
University of Lincoln graduate and self-confessed social media addict David Wriglesworth is the founder of What's on Darlington. In his spare time, you’ll find him avoiding the gym and tagging his friends in memes on Facebook.