Litter & Fly-tipping

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Dear Gravesham 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

foi, Gravesham Borough Council

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Alford, Stuart, Gravesham Borough Council

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Hello

 

To ensure we provide you with the correct information, please can you
clarify for questions 5, do you want to know how many street cleansing
staff we have rather than litter pickers? Staff on street cleansing are
generally multi-functional.

 

In question 10 and 11, you ask for the last 3 years, do you want the data
in calendar years or financial years so 18/19, 19/20 and 20/21 being April
to current date.

 

Look forward to hearing from you.

 

Stuart Alford

Assistant Director (Operations)

Gravesham Borough Council

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Dear Alford, Stuart,

I have clarified below each of your queries: -

Your query - To ensure we provide you with the correct information, please can you
clarify for questions 5, do you want to know how many street cleansing
staff we have rather than litter pickers? Staff on street cleansing are
generally multi-functional.

Clarification - Please include the total number of staff whose job role would require them to pick litter.

Your query - In question 10 and 11, you ask for the last 3 years, do you want the data
in calendar years or financial years so 18/19, 19/20 and 20/21 being April
to current date.

Clarification - Financial years please.

Yours sincerely,

Danny Lucas

Alford, Stuart, Gravesham Borough Council

Thank you

Stuart Alford
Assistant Director (Operations)
Gravesham Borough Council
Tel:(01474) 33 75 66
Email:[email address]

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Dear Alford, Stuart,

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

Alford, Stuart, Gravesham Borough Council

Thank you for the email, I will chase up the response which you should have received 2 weeks ago.

Stuart Alford
Assistant Director (Operations)
Gravesham Borough Council
Tel:(01474) 33 75 66
Email:[email address]

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Dear Danny Lucas

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request regarding litter and fly
tipping.

 

Please find the answers to your questions attached, as requested.

 

Kind regards,

Jane.

 

Jane Gutteridge

PA to Director (Housing and Operations)

Gravesham Borough Council

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