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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

With regards to Enforcement services carried out on your behalf by Kingdom can you please answer yes or no the following questions.

1) Are Kingdom authorised by WBC to carry out their environmental enforcement duties, and issue FPNs, for the offence of littering wearing plain clothes/not in an identifiable uniform?

2) Are Kingdom authorised by WBC to carry out their environmental enforcement duties, and issue FPNs, for the offence of failing to clean up after dog fouling wearing plain clothes/not in an identifiable uniform ?

3) ) Are Kingdom authorised by WBC to carry out their environmental enforcement duties, and issue FPNs, relating to smoke free offences wearing plain clothes/not in an identifiable uniform?

If you have answered "yes" to 1 or more of these questions could you please provide a link to the legislation/government or defra guidelines permitting this use of covert surveillance.

Yours faithfully,

Neve Hetherington

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Hetherington

 

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1) Are Kingdom authorised by WBC to carry out their environmental
enforcement duties, and issue FPNs, for the offence of littering wearing
plain clothes/not in an identifiable uniform? -YES

 

2) Are Kingdom authorised by WBC to carry out their environmental
enforcement duties, and issue FPNs, for the offence of failing to clean up
after dog fouling wearing plain clothes/not in an identifiable uniform ? -
YES

 

3) ) Are Kingdom authorised by WBC to carry out their environmental
enforcement duties, and issue FPNs, relating to smoke free offences
wearing plain clothes/not in an identifiable uniform? - YES

 

If you have answered "yes" to 1 or more of these questions could you
please provide a link to the legislation/government or defra guidelines
permitting this use of covert surveillance.

 

Kingdom enforcement officers are permitted to dress in plain clothes for
the purpose of issuing of fixed penalty notices for littering / dog
fouling and other enforcement matters.

 

Neither the Environmental Protection Act 1990 nor The Dogs (Fouling of
Land) Act 1996 prescribes that an authorised officer must be uniform in
order to issue a fixed penalty notice when an offence has been witnessed. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Business Management

 

Treasury Building

Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Many thanks for your speedy response. To clarify, please answer "yes" or "no" to the following questions:

Do Wirral Borough Council and their agents (Kingdom) adhere to government guidelines regarding littering and the issuing of FPNs for the same?
Do Wirral Borough Council and their agents (Kingdom) adhere to Defra guidelines regarding littering and the issuing of FPNs for the same?

Yours sincerely,

Neve Hetherington

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Hetherington

In response to your request for clarification, we can advise that the Council's answer to both questions is "yes".

Yours sincerely

Lynette Paterson
Principal Information Management Officer
Business Management

Treasury Building
Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 691 8201
[Wirral Borough Council request email]

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