Litter & Fly-tipping

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Dear Ashford Borough Council,

1. Is the council a Duty Body and does it have a Statutory Duty to fulfil in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 & Litter Code of Practice?

2. Does the council manage litter picking and fly tipping in-house or has a third party contractor been appointed?

3. Is the latter, who is the contractor and when and for how long have they been appointed?

4. Does the contract reflect and impose responsibility with penalties for failure on the contractor to comply back to back with the council’s Statutory Duty?

5. What is the total number of litter-pickers in place?

6. How many financial penalties and to what value have been imposed on the contractor for the last year for not meeting standards of failing to carry out their work?

7. What is the annual cost of litter-picking for the last 3 years?

8. Does the council directly employ enforcement officers for issuing fines and carrying out prosecutions with regards to littering and fly-tipping offences or has this been outsourced?

9. How many enforcement officers are in place?

10. How many fines have been issued over the last 3 years and to what value for:

FPNs for littering?
FPNs for Fly-Tipping?
Successful prosecutions for Fly-Tipping?

11. How many fly-tips have been recorded in the last 3 years

12. What is the cost to the council per year for clearing these fly-tips?

13. If no costs are recorded please provide costs using national standard cost estimates from the “Waste Data Flow” system that you are legally obliged to use to record all fly-tips.

14. How many fixed or portable CCTV cameras are owned by the council or via an appointed 3rd party for the purposes of fly-tipping prosecutions.

15. Are they all in working order?

16. Are they subject to a service / maintenance contract?

17. Who is responsible for monitoring the footage and how often is it
reviewed?

18. Has any of the footage been used for prosecutions and if so how many and
when?

19. Can you also confirm how many of the CCTV cameras are capable of night
vision?

20. If you have no CCTV cameras, when will you be putting these in place?

21. If you only have fixed CCTV cameras, when will you be putting in place
portable ones?

Yours faithfully,

Danny Lucas

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Dear Danny Lucas, Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information
request, please find attached our response. Kind regards Freedom of
Information team

Dear Ashford Borough Council,

In respect of the below question, can I please ask that this information be provided by the council: -

My question 13 - If no costs are recorded please provide costs using national standard cost estimates from the “Waste Data Flow” system that you are legally obliged to use to record all fly-tips.

Your reply - Please see WDF system, a publicly accessible system.

Yours faithfully,

Danny Lucas

FOI Requests, Ashford Borough Council

Dear Danny Lucas,

Thank you for your email, the costs associated to the clearance of fly tips is all included in a fixed price contract for cleansing. We are unable to separate the cost of fly tip clearance. Information on these costs are available on our transparency pages within our budget books at the following webpage. https://www.ashford.gov.uk/transparency/...

Alternatively the information submitted to Waste Data Flow is available from the waste data flow webpages https://www.wastedataflow.org/

Kind regards

Freedom of Information team

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Dear FOI Requests,

Unfortunately I am not a regular user of the WDF system that you point me to nor as conversant in its use as perhaps Ashford Borough Council will be and therefore doing a data extract for my specific questions does not seem easy to find or navigate to hence my including the question in my original FOI Request.

So far all other local authorities I have asked have kindly provided me with their costs based on the WDF system (eg. £7.00 for a single sack of waste, £115 for a transit van-size load etc).

As each Waste Collection Authority in the country has a legal duty to report the number, size and type of fly tip incidents they deal with to the national "Waste Data Flow" database could I please ask you to provide me with costs calculated by the WDF system for Ashford Borough Council for the periods requested.

Yours sincerely,

Danny Lucas

Dear FOI Requests,

By law, the authority should normally have responded promptly and by 13 April 2021.

Can you please provide the requested information by return.

Yours sincerely,

Danny Lucas

FOI Requests, Ashford Borough Council

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Dear Danny Lucas,

Thank you for your email please find attached our response previously provided. As indicated in our response the costs of clearing fly tipping is incorporated within our larger refuse collection and street cleansing contract information about which can be found on our transparency pages within our budget books at the following link:

https://www.ashford.gov.uk/transparency/...

Kind regards

Freedom of Information team

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Dear FOI Requests,

Although you have provided some information, I am still chasing up a response to the below: -

Unfortunately I am not a regular user of the WDF system that you point me to nor as conversant in its use as perhaps Ashford Borough Council will be and therefore doing a data extract for my specific questions does not seem easy to find or navigate to hence my including the question in my original FOI Request.

So far all other local authorities I have asked have kindly provided me with their costs based on the WDF system (eg. £7.00 for a single sack of waste, £115 for a transit van-size load etc).

As each Waste Collection Authority in the country has a legal duty to report the number, size and type of fly tip incidents they deal with to the national "Waste Data Flow" database could I please ask you to provide me with costs calculated by the WDF system for Ashford Borough Council for the periods requested.

Yours sincerely,

Danny Lucas

FOI Requests, Ashford Borough Council

Dear Danny Lucas,

As indicated in our response the costs of clearing fly tipping is incorporated within our larger refuse collection and street cleansing contract information about which can be found on our transparency pages within our budget books at the following link, information on costs on individual fly tipping incidents is not held:

https://www.ashford.gov.uk/transparency/...

Kind regards

Freedom of Information team

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