Litter & Fly-tipping

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Dear Maidstone 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

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

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

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

Complaints & FOI (MBC), Maidstone Borough Council

Dear Danny Lucas,


Ref: FOI 4103

Thank you for your request for information. We will endeavour to provide our response within statutory timescales. However, please be aware that the Council is currently facing increased pressures due to COVID-19. The Information Commissioner has released guidance to help us through this difficult time which can be found here. It allows for a more measured approach in handling FOI requests, should it be needed.

After considering your request, we may decide to refuse to supply the information under a number of exemptions that exist in legislation. For details of these exemptions, please visit the Information Commissioner’s website:

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Yours sincerely

FOI Team
Policy and Information Team
Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent
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Complaints & FOI (MBC), Maidstone Borough Council

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Date:  17^th March 2021

Ref: FOI/4103


Dear Danny Lucas




I am writing to confirm that the Council has now completed its search for
the information you requested.


A copy of the information is enclosed.


If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.  Please
remember to quote the reference above in any future communications.


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If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
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ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council.  The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.


Yours Sincerely


FOI Team

Policy and Information

Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House King Street, Maidstone, Kent

ME15 6JQ

t []01622 602640 w [1]


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