Kirklees to trial new enforcement team to keep streets clean
Our Cabinet members will be asked next week to agree to a 12 month trial working with a private company to penalise littering, dog fouling and other offences.
If approved, the firm will take responsibility for issuing fixed penalty notices – the new service would supply staff, issue the tickets and follow up payment.
What would fines be issued for?
Offences that would be penalised under the new arrangements include:
- littering and dropping cigarettes.
- selling or repairing multiple vehicles on the highway.
- displaying and distributing flyers and posters without permission
- dog fouling
- not having a dog on a lead where required.
The new company would be able to go across the district and would wear body cameras as they issue tickets.
The pilot would be cost positive for the council and any surplus money from fines would be shared between council and company – initially for the 12 month pilot in favour of the company.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Enforcement Management Cllr Naheed Mather said that where this has been done before, it has led to cleaner streets, a more pleasant environment and lower amounts of littering.
She added: “We have really considered the risks and benefits of involving a private company but feel the time is now right to take this next trial step.
“We do not have the numbers of staff that can cover the district ourselves, but the company will choose when and where to go and they will issue the notices.
“If members agree, then we will have an interim report in six months, but my expectation is that we will have the same levels of success as other areas have seen.”
An early payment reduction offer will be removed as part of the changes, as will an offer to attend a good citizen course instead of a fixed penalty.
If Cabinet agree at their meeting on Tuesday, work will begin to employ a company to carry out the new approach.