Leslie Dare and John Dunne (Kingdom Security) were welcomed to the meeting to talk about the Environmental Enforcement Service and to answer any questions Members may have about the services provided.
The North Area is contracted to 4 officers, equating to 1950 hours. 100% of the contracted patrol hours for the North Area have been achieved. Between August 2014 and August 2015, 1242 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were issued, 1119 of which were for littering offences, representing over £62,000 of revenue.
Members commented that they had seen an improvement across the wards in respect of littering and dog fouling in particular. It was reported that the number of complaints received had fallen but that Members should continue to feed in information regarding ‘hot spots’. Kingdom can be contacted by emailing BSCP@Barnsley.gov.uk or by phone on 01226 772468. Cath Fairweather asked that the SNT should also be copied into any email referrals.
Members queried the apparent rotation of staff between the North area and the Town Centre and also local visibility. It was explained that Kingdom also have a contract with the Town Centre and it has sometimes been necessary to use staff across areas to cover contracted hours. However, a recruitment exercise has now been completed and staff rotation should no longer be necessary.
A Member asked about school involvement. It was highlighted that a package has been developed for schools across the country which has been used locally. Kingdom are happy to revisit schools when it is deemed necessary in order to spread the message further. It was reiterated that outcomes from the project must be sustainable.
(i) The Area Council Manager be tasked with organising a Member Workshop to look at the 3 aspects of the project and to ensure outcomes are sustainable.
(ii) Representatives from Kingdom Security be thanked for their attendance and contribution at the meeting.