Litter & Fly-tipping

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Dear Thanet 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

TDC FOI, Thanet District Council

Receipt for FOI 4598

Dear Mr Lucas,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request dated 15/03/2021.

I can confirm that we have received your request and are now processing
it. Our reference number for your request is FOI 4598.

We will look to make a full disclosure of the information requested by
14/04/2021.

We will let you know if there are any issues processing your request and
if there will be any delays regarding collating the information you have
requested.

Best Wishes,
Information Governance Officer
Thanet District Council
Margate
CT9 1XZ
01843 577247

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Dear TDC FOI,

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

TDC FOI Support, Thanet District Council

Dear Mr Lucas,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request dated 15/03/2021.
The response to your request is set out below.
Our response:
We confirm that we hold some of the information that you have requested.
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?

Response: Yes.

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

Response: In house as well as volunteer groups who also litter pick. 

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

Response: N/A.

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?

Response: N/A.

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

Response: Please be advised that we are unable to provide a response to
this request at this time as we are awaiting this information. We will
endeavour to provide this to you as soon as possible.

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?

Response: N/A.

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

Response: Please be advised that we are unable to provide a response to
this request at this time as we are awaiting this information. We will
endeavour to provide this to you as soon as possible.

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?

Response: In house.

9.      How many enforcement officers are in place?

Response: 6

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

Response:
  FPNs for littering?
2018 - 5 at value of £80
2019 - 2 at value of £80
2020 - 1 at value of £100

FPNs for Fly-Tipping?
2018 - 45 at value of £400
2019 - 56 at value of £400
2020 - 99 at value of £400

Successful prosecutions for Fly-Tipping?
2018 - 18
2019 - 5
2020 - 0

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

Response:
2018 - 2556
2019 - 2510
2020 - 3314

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

Response: 
2018 - £169664
2019 - £202582
2020 - £223224 

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.

Response: The above answers are sourced using waste data flow reports.

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.

Response: 1 (That is used solely for the purpose of Fly-tipping).

15.     Are they all in working order?

Response: Yes.

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

Response: Yes.

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

Response: CCTV department, in the event of a Fly-tip.

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

Response: No.

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

Response: All. 

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

Response: N/A.

21.     If you only have fixed CCTV cameras, when will you be putting in
place
portable ones?
Response: N/A.
We thank you for your patience in this matter.
If you are unhappy with the way your enquiry has been dealt with, you may
ask for an internal review by submitting a request within one month of the
date of this response. 
Further information on the internal review process is can be found here:
[1]https://www.thanet.gov.uk/your-services/...
Your request should be addressed to the Information Governance Manager,
Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, CT9 1XZ or by
emailing [2][email address].  
If you are still dissatisfied after an internal review, you may appeal to
the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9
5AF.

Kind regards,
Information Governance Officer
Thanet District Council
Margate
CT9 1XZ
01843 577247

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TDC FOI Support, Thanet District Council

Dear Mr Lucas,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request dated 15/03/2021. 
Further to our response of 14/04/2021, please find below any outstanding
information.
Our response:
5.      What is the total number of litter-pickers in place?

Response:  We do not hold this information. For clarity, Thanet District
Council do not specifically employ people to do just litter picking we are
unable to provide a specific number.
7.      What is the annual cost of litter-picking for the last 3 years?

Response: We do not hold this information. For clarity, as Thanet District
Council do not specifically employ people to do litter picking (rather,
the streets team cover a whole host of activities) and we do not do any
form of timesheeting, it would be impossible to determine the amount spent
on this one specific activity.
We thank you for your patience in this matter.
If you are unhappy with the way your enquiry has been dealt with, you may
ask for an internal review by submitting a request within one month of the
date of this response. 
Further information on the internal review process is can be found here:
[1]https://www.thanet.gov.uk/your-services/...
Your request should be addressed to the Information Governance Manager,
Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, CT9 1XZ or by
emailing [2][email address].  
If you are still dissatisfied after an internal review, you may appeal to
the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9
5AF.

Kind regards,
Information Governance Officer
Thanet District Council
Margate
CT9 1XZ
01843 577247

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