Revised environmental enforcement and car parking arrangements
Flintshire County Council enforcement officers provide both environmental and
civil parking enforcement. A specialist partner, Kingdom, has been delivering
environmental enforcement of such things as dog fouling and littering for the
past year as a 12 month pilot.
The Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be asked to review the
proposal to procure a single Business Partner on a short term 2 year contract
(with an option to extend based on performance) to undertake the enforcement of
low level environmental crime, such as dog control and car parking offences on
behalf of the Council. This will leave the in-house team to deal with high
level environmental crime issues such as fly tipping, side waste and abandoned
The current pilot with Kingdom has been successful, with 4,726 Fixed Penalty
Notices (FPNs) issued from July 16 to June 17, compared with 195 issued in the
previous year. This has had a beneficial impact on the cleanliness of our
town centres and open spaces demonstrated by our improved performance measured
through national audits undertaken by Keep Wales Tidy.
The Council also has a statutory duty to collect household waste from all
domestic properties and has specific powers to issue FPNs to residents who do
not present their waste in the correct containers (for example, waste in
plastic bags instead of the bin provided by the Council). In July, the
Cabinet approved a report introducing changes to the Council’s waste and
recycling service – including enforcement of persistent residents who continue
to leave side waste out after receiving advice and warnings.
The Committee will also be asked how it would prefer the Council to deal with
side waste enforcement.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene, Councillor Carolyn
“This report reviews the best option for the service taking into account the
range of enforcement activities it is required to deliver. The report makes a
recommendation to engage a business partner to undertake the enforcement of low
level environmental crime, dog control and car parking offences on behalf of
the Council. The enforcement of fly tipping and abandoned vehicles will remain
with the Council along with the enforcement of black wheel bin side waste.”
The recommendations from the Committee will be considered at a Cabinet meeting
later this month.