KING­DOM GONE

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A LO­CAL au­thor­ity whose use of a con­tro­ver­sial lit­ter en­force­ment firm lasted just hours will team up with an­other coun­cil or use its own staff in fu­ture.

Of­fi­cers from King­dom were on the streets of Gwynedd for less ess than a day be­fore the agree­ment nt was abruptly scrapped in March. h.

Now of­fi­cials have recom­m­mended Gwynedd works ks with An­gle­sey – which also o ended its con­tract with h King­dom – or use its own em­ploy­ees on lit­ter du­ties.

Cllr Gareth Griffiths, cabi­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties, said King­dom’s trial, set to last 12 months, had ended “quite quickly” ” but there needed to be “some kind of com­mon mon sense” to en­sure the pub­lic ublic were not be­ing “threat­ened”. d”.

Coun­cil officer Peter Simpson said: “King­dom had quite some dif­fi­culty in re­cruit­ing bilin­gual staff.”

He added: “There was a feel­ing that pri­vate com­pa­nies have gone over the top with the num­ber of tick­ets.”

Mem­bers unan­i­mously sup­ported Cllr Stephen Church­man’s pro­posal to col­lab­o­rate with neigh­bour­ing au­thor­i­ties, and to re­con­sider the staffing lev­els at Gwynedd’s own street en­force­ment unit. At present, peo­ple can be fined £100 for lit­ter­ing or dog fouling or £75 if they pay within 10 1 days. There are es­ca­lat­ing fines for of­fenc of­fences such as fly-tip­ping. Al Although no longer con­tin­u­ing with its 12-month trial aft af­ter May 2018, An­gle­sey has a sep­a­rate agree­ment with K King­dom to han­dle park­ing u un­til De­cem­ber. King­dom is tasked with h hand­ing out fines across C Conwy, Flintshire, Wrexha ham and Den­bighshire for off of­fences such as drop­ping litt lit­ter, dog fouling and fail­ing to k keep dogs on leads. Th The agree­ments al­low coun­cils to take a cut of the fines, but King­dom re­tains most of th the rev­enue, lead­ing to claims it en­cour­ages of­fi­cers to is­sue as many fines as pos­si­ble. These claims are strongly de­nied by King­dom. It was also rec­om­mended that the coun­cil should not to make fur­ther cuts to grass cut­ting of play ar­eas and ceme­ter­ies.

Cllr Stephen Church­man

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