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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:37 by Parish Administrator
New enforcement officers will be on the streets of Northampton from next week to ensure the town stays clean and tidy.
In December, Northampton Borough Council announced that Kingdom Services Group Ltd had been awarded a new environmental enforcement contract.
Staff have been recruited and will be trained during the next week, then they will take up their duties across the town centre.
Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: "During the first week or so, the new enforcement officers will aim to educate rather than immediately hand out fines. More »
"That said, their primary aim is to prevent littering – including dropped chewing gum and cigarette ends which have become such a blight on our streets.
"We have found that the only way to deter some people from their casual, anti-social attitude is to hit them in the pocket, so that's precisely what will happen."
The contract is set to run for an initial three-year period and will be paid for entirely from the proceeds of enforcement action.
But a fundamental element is that Kingdom cannot offer staff commission based on number of fines, meaning the will only be handed out where necessary.
To begin with, enforcement officers will concentrate on the town centre but as soon as this activity begins to have an impact, they will start to patrol other areas of the town.
"We have just awarded our new environmental services contract and that will launch in the summer," added Cllr Hallam.
"It is vital that we make improvements to the cleanliness of the town and these two commissions will work in tandem to do just that.
"We want people to take pride in our beautiful town, not be ashamed of it, which is why we are taking a no tolerance approach from this point on."
Throughout the initial contract, the council can choose to expand the service to cover other areas and possibly include fly-tipping enforcement. If necessary it can be extended for up to two years.
Kingdom will be responsible for administering all fines including a robust appeals process. Operatives will use body-worn cameras to gather evidence to support their actions.
Performance will be monitored throughout the contract and enforcement activity should result in a downward trend in the number of littering incidents. » Less
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:17 by Parish Administrator
Advance notice of the start of the Smart Motorways work on the M1 Junctions 13-16.
initial work will start 22 January 2018 clearing vegetation at the side of the motorway.
The main construction works will run May 2018 to March 2022
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:41 by Parish Administrator
Northampton Borough Council has awarded its new environmental services contract to leading company Veolia.
Following a tough competitive process, the company's proposed service was felt most likely to deliver the exceptional service people in Northampton deserve.
This includes bringing street cleansing standards up to scratch and roll-out of new recycling bins within four months of the new contract's June launch. More »
As part of the new bin collection service, many residents can expect to see delivery of a third lidded wheelie bin for all recyclables, replacing the boxes, though in areas where sack collections take place these will remain.
Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: "Veolia is offering services at a level people deserve but we have been unable to provide through the current contract.
"A fundamental issue residents have had is with recyclables being blown out of boxes and littering the streets, so I'm sure those in wheelie bin areas will welcome the introduction of a single bin.
"The changes outlined in the winning bid demonstrate an understanding of the complex issues we've faced during the past decade and offer practical solutions.
"Fine details of the contract will be worked out in the coming months to ensure the kind of excellent service we are expecting is delivered."
The new contract comes as a result of strong opinions expressed by around 8,000 people to a survey carried out in 2016.
Residents made it clear that the new environmental services provision needed to be of excellent quality and the Borough Council has listened, allocating additional budget to the project.
In order to minimise the impact, the Council is able to borrow at significantly lower rates than the private sector so has decided to buy all associated vehicles direct, which will save taxpayers around £1 million.
As part of the new service, all dry recyclables will be collected together and delivered to a commingled facility where they will be sorted and packaged.
Grounds maintenance also forms part of the contract and will deal with all areas of public open space in the borough, with particular attention on Northampton's premier park in Abington.
And a key part of the new service is to change behaviour, increasing participation in recycling and waste reduction and tackling littering, including gum and cigarette butts.
The contract will also see kerbside collections of small electrical items introduced and improved reuse of bulky items following collection. » Less