Litter & Fly-tipping

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Dear Dover District 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

DDC FreedomOfInformation, Dover District Council

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Dear Mr Lucas

 

Thank you for your request for information about littering and
flytipping.   Your request was received on 15 March 201 and we are dealing
with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or
Environmental Information Regulations 2004, as appropriate. We will
endeavour to respond within 20 working days and if we think the request
requires extra time then we will contact you and let you know.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be chargeable and if that is the case, I
will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

 

If you have any queries regarding this email, please contact me.

 

Regards

 

Kerry

 

 

Kerry Scott
Corporate Services Officer
Dover District Council
Council Offices, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, Dover CT16
    3PJ
Tel: 01304 872312
Fax: 01304 872300
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Dear DDC FreedomOfInformation,

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

DDC FreedomOfInformation, Dover District Council

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Dear Mr Lucas

 

I am writing in respect of your enquiry for information held by this
Authority received on 15 April 2021 and to confirm that we have completed
the search for the information that you requested.  The information you
have sought is set out below.

 

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?

 

Yes – DDC is a Principal Litter Authority under the EPA, and is a Duty
Body for the purposes of the advisory Code of Practice.

 

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

 

This is undertaken by a Private Sector partner.

 

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

 

Veolia Environmental Services, appointed for 8 years (started 16 January
2021).

 

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?

 

The Contractor is required to deploy resources to maintain cleansing to
acceptable/ recognisable standards, according to the intensity of use in
any given area.  This is monitored by both Contractor and Client officers.

 

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

 

There are 35 street cleansing operatives allocated to the DDC area.

 

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?

 

These typically amount to c.£1,500 per year relating to street cleansing
activity.  (Penalties were not levied in 2020 when the priority was to
maintain service delivery in the face of the COVID pandemic.)

 

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

 

2018 = £1,467,187; 2019 = 1,516,742; 2020 = 1,551,077

 

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?

 

Currently DDC only has directed employed staff for the investigation and
enforcement of littering and fly tipping

 

9.                   How many enforcement officers are in place?

 

We currently have one uniformed enforcement officer employed whose role
directly involves tackling littering and an Environmental Crime Officer to
investigate fly tipping

 

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

 

 a. FPNs for littering?

 

                      01/04/2018 to 28/02/2021 – 2944 (criminal only)

 

 b. FPNs for Fly-Tipping?

 

                      01/04/2018 to 28/02/2021 – 23

 

 c. Successful prosecutions for Fly-Tipping?

 

                      01/04/2018 to 28/02/2021 – 27

 

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

 

01/04/2018 to 28/02/2021 – 3261

 

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

 

See below.

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.

 

01/04/2018 to 28/02/2021 - £125,675

 

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.

 

The Environmental Crime Team currently have 5 portal covert surveillance
cameras

 

15.               Are they all in working order?

 

Yes

 

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

 

No

 

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

 

The investigating officer will review footage from deployed covert cameras
as often as operationally required

 

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

 

Yes, footage from covert surveillance deployed by the Environmental Crime
Team has been used as part of 4 fly tipping prosecutions in the last 5
years

 

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

 

All of our fly tipping covert cameras have night vision capabilities

 

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

 

Not applicable

 

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

 

Not applicable

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.

 

I hope you find the information useful but if, for whatever reason, you
are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request
and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you are
entitled to pursue any dissatisfaction through the Council’s Complaints
Procedure.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council.   The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at [1]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/.

 

Regards

 

Kerry

 

 

Kerry Scott
Corporate Services Officer
Dover District Council
Council Offices, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, Dover CT16
    3PJ
 Tel: 01304 872312
Fax: 01304 872300
Email: [2][email address]
Web:  [3]http://dover.gov.uk
 
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and share your personal information and protect your privacy and rights.

 

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