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Litter & Fly Tipping

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Dear Swale 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 or lack of performance on the contractor and does the contract clearly set out the need for the work to "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 or 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. What is the annual total annual cost to the council per year for the enforcement officers?

11. 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?

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

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

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. Are they all in working order?

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

18. Who is responsible for monitoring the footage and how often is it

reviewed?

19. Has any of the footage been used for prosecutions and if so how many and

when?

20. Can you also confirm how many of the CCTV cameras are capable of night

vision?

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

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

Yours faithfully,

Danny Lucas

FOI (SBC), Swale Borough Council

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Dear Mr Lucas

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

  

Thank you for your email which we received on 14 April 2021. Swale Borough
Council acknowledges your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  Assuming Swale Borough Council holds this
information, we will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as
possible but no later than 13 May 2021 (20 working days from date of
receipt).

  

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the information.

 

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due to COVID-19 complications this may not always be possible. Please
accept our sincere apologies in the event your response is delayed.

 

Please quote our reference – 040 in any communication regarding this
particular request.

  

Yours sincerely

 

Sue Revell | Information Governance and MO Support Officer | Swale Borough
Council
Swale House East Street Sittingbourne Kent ME10 3HT | Tel: 01795 417269 |
Email: [1][email address] | Web: [2]www.swale.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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FOI (SBC), Swale Borough Council

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Dear Mr Lucas

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST 

 

I am writing to confirm that the Council has now completed its search for
the information you requested on 14 April 2021. My response is attached. I
apologise for the delay in responding to you and any inconvenience this
may have caused.

 

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Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
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remember to quote the reference above in any future communications.

 

I hope this answers your request satisfactorily, but should you be
dissatisfied with the information provided you should send your complaint
to the Council’s Freedom of Information Officer at Swale Borough Council,
Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3HT. Should you remain
dissatisfied you can appeal against the decision by contacting the
Information Commissioner, FOI Compliance Team (complaints), Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

Sue Revell | Information Governance and MO Support Officer | Swale Borough
Council
Swale House East Street Sittingbourne Kent ME10 3HT | Tel: 01795 417269 |
Email: [1][email address] | Web: [2]www.swale.gov.uk

 

 

 

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