Private litter enforcement company could be binned from Darlington

Darlington councillors will discuss proposals to end a pilot contract with a private sector litter enforcement company, following feedback from local people and businesses.

In September 2018, the Kingdom Service Group was contracted to issue fixed penalty fines for littering and dog fouling across Darlington.

The contract was initially for a six-month period, with the option for a longer term arrangement.

However, a report prepared ahead of Darlington Borough Council’s next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 recommends issuing notice to Kingdom to terminate the contract when the pilot comes to an end on Sunday, March 31st. 2019.

Councillor Nick Wallis, Cabinet member for leisure and local environment, said: “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.”

He continued: “However, and I cannot stress this enough, we still take the cleanliness of our town very seriously. We will continue to issue fines, where required, to people who drop litter or fail to clean up after their dog.

“Members of the public can be assured that, even if Cabinet agrees with the recommendation to end the contract with Kingdom, the cleanliness of our town centre remains a high priority for this council.

“We will also be working across the borough to tackle fly tipping, back lane littering and dog fouling more generally.”

The Cabinet meets at 5pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 in Committee Room No. 2 at Darlington Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Source: Darlington Borough Council

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