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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Room B12, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DR

Contact: Email: memberservices@dartford.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

11.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Jarnell, Mrs Maria Kelly, McLean and Sandhu.

 

The Chairman welcomed Mr John Roberts, Business Manager SE England for Kingdom Security Ltd, Members and Officers to the proceedings.

 

He appreciated the presence of the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, and gave a special welcome to Morenike Olaogun who had recently joined the Democratic Services team and was attending her first Council meeting.

12.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms of any Grants of Dispensation.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

13.

Confirmation of the Minutes of the meeting held on 10 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Minutes:

                                    RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the meeting held on 10th July 2018 be confirmed as accurate.

14.

Urgent Items

The Chairman will announce his decision as to whether there are any urgent items and their position on the agenda.

Minutes:

The Chairman announced that there were no urgent items for consideration.

15.

To consider references from other Committees (IF ANY)

There are no references from other Committees at present.

Minutes:

There were no references from other committees for Members to consider.

16.

Chairman's Update

Minutes:

The Chairman advised that he had no matters to bring to Members attention.  

17.

Regulation 9 Notice pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To consider any issues arising from the Regulation 9 Notice for the period 10 August 2018 to 31 December 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the contents of the Regulation 9 Notice for the period 10 August to 31 December 2018 be noted.

18.

Council Litter Enforcement Scheme (Draw-Down] pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To receive a report from the Enforcement & Regulatory Services (EARS) Manager on the Council’s current Litter Enforcement Scheme, as requested by the Chairman (through the draw-down mechanism).

Minutes:

The Chairman opened the debate by setting out his concerns regarding the effectiveness of the current Scheme, how it fitted into the Council’s wider strategy to tackle litter in the Borough, and contributed to meeting relevant Corporate Objectives.

 

He invited the Leader of the Council to address the Committee and respond to those specific concerns.

 

The Leader advised Members that the current Litter Enforcement Scheme formed part of the Council’s wider remit. Cabinet had first considered imposing such a litter scheme some years ago, but had preferred to try and educate the Dartford public regarding litter, rather than impose a scheme at that stage.

 

By 2013 it had become increasingly apparent that educating the public was not working. Littering in Dartford, in particular around the town centre and the railway station was increasing, and Cabinet took the decision to impose a litter scheme. After taking time to learn from other authorities operating litter enforcement schemes, Kingdom Security had been chosen to operate the Scheme from the small pool of contractors operating in the sector. The Council had ensured that a prescriptive contract was drawn-up with Kingdom, and given the BBC programme on Kingdom’s litter enforcement schemes elsewhere in the UK, the Leader was satisfied that this had ensured that the Council’s overall aims and policy objectives were met.

 

The Chairman asked what types of littering had been targeted under the current Scheme.

 

The Leader said that some littering was more prevalent than others, especially in the Town Centre, but believed that littering was fundamental to a person’s psyche, a person either littered or did not. Cigarette butt littering, particularly in the Town Centre and around Dartford railway station, continued to be the primary offence. But littering was committed across a wide spectrum and all aspects of the offence were being tackled by the Council under its wider remit to reduce littering in the Borough.

 

The Chairman noted that over the last 2 years of the Scheme, Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for littering had been issued by Kingdom’s Litter Enforcement Officers (LEOs) on the following % basis:

 

·         94% of fines were issued for the littering of cigarette butts;

·         0.3% for dog fouling;

·         0.1% for food waste

 

He accepted that the dropping of cigarette butts was clearly the No. 1 littering offence penalised, but suggested that Dartford had several other litter issues which also needed to be addressed. He queried whether the profile of FPNs issued matched Dartford’s littering profile on a category basis.

 

The Leader agreed that clearly it did not and conceded that dog fouling was a greater problem than indicated by the 0.3% of FPNs issued. However, Kingdom’s LEOs could only issue FPNs for littering offences they could see. It remained the case that cigarette butt littering was the major offence observed in the Town Centre and Dartford railway station and as a consequence, where the majority of FPNs were issued. Hopefully the current Scheme would in time, educate the public over this specific offence, to enable Kingdom to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.