Posted by: John Brace | 1st Dec 2017

Wirral Council councillors discuss “naming and shaming” after “zero tolerance” approach to persistent bad behaviour

Wirral Council councillors discuss “naming and shaming” after “zero tolerance” approach to persistent bad behaviour

                            

Councillor Steve Foulkes (right) 30th November 2017

Councillor Steve Foulkes (right) 30th November 2017

In a discussion about flytipping and environmental crimes on Wirral Council”s Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee councillors discussed a “naming and shaming” policy.

Later in the meeting, councillors agreed officers should have powers to fine drivers £20 if they didn’t turn off their engines when asked. However they also asked that this policy not apply to any Wirral Council vehicles.

Conservative councillors wanted agreement that flytipped waste should be removed within three days, instead of the five days at present.

Cllr Steve Foulkes (Vice-Chair) (pictured above) was concerned about the possible financial implications and asked for a delay to any decision on speedier responses to flytipping until councillors had received detailed information.

Also speaking at the meeting was a representative from Kingdom Service Group Limited who on Wirral Council’s behalf issue fixed penalty notices for littering and dog fouling.

The representative was critical of the previous approach by Wirral Council employees who had asked those littering to pick it up and if so not issued a fixed penalty notice. The new “zero tolerance” approach had led to far more fixed penalty notices being issued (which were mainly to people living locally on the Wirral).

Kingdom Service Group Limited also deal with any representations on whether fixed penalty notices have been appropriately issued, with Wirral Council dealing with any legal action that might result.

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  1. [Later in the meeting, councillors agreed officers should have powers to fine drivers £20 if they didn’t turn off their engines when asked. However they also asked that this policy not apply to any Wirral Council vehicles.]
    Can i ask why not, as their vehicles are the one causing the most impact on the Environment with flumes from ehaust pipes when the blokes are leaving the motors running as they litter pick etc, and Diesel fuel on the road from their Bin lorries, Mersey travel Buses etc etc.
    As for Kingston, what a joke they are, all they do if fine people for dropping fag ends, and the litter plies up, never mind the dog poo!
    And why do we need an outside firm dishing out fines when there’s enough ex-council employee’s who have lost their jobs due to clowns like Foulkes etc in control who could have been given the jobs[ if they wanted them]

    • The report is on Wirral Council’s website.

      This is how the answer to that is explained in the report, “It is recommended that Wirral Council implement an in house policy for drivers to switch off engines when parked, which should include drivers of council vehicles and employees using their own vehicles for work purposes.”

      I think the litter picking and bin collection are done by outside contractors (albeit paid for by Wirral Council).

      Buses and taxis were mentioned during the meeting.

      As to the last point, it was discussed during the meeting, when the video is published, I’ll post a link to it here.

  2. Kingdum are behaving like cowardly gangsters by going for easy targets such as pensioners and disabled people,but avoiding street drinkers and youths around fast food outlets.
    They have been causing big trouble in North Wales.

    • Kingdom mentioned during the meeting that they have contracts for the same thing elsewhere and also with other councils for other types of work.

      If I remember correctly don’t the fast food outlets have some kind of responsibility for litter to a certain distance from their premises? Or is that no longer the case?


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