In a major clampdown on littering, the London Borough of Wandsworth has confirmed that NSL, outsourcer to government and businesses across the UK, has been appointed to implement a concerted environmental enforcement initiative throughout the borough.
The new pilot programme will see the introduction of team of six full-time Environmental Enforcement Officers equipped with body worn cameras who will patrol the borough’s streets and public spaces, with offenders receiving £80 Fixed Penalty Notices.
“Littering blights many busy and densely populated urban areas and the vast majority of responsible residents and local businesses are fully supportive of any programme that will address the problem and keep their local areas clean and safe,” says NSL’s Neighbourhoods Account Director, Phil Pughe.
“Littering blights many busy and densely populated urban areas and the vast majority of responsible residents and local businesses are fully supportive of any programme that will address the problem and keep their local areas clean and safe”
“Our experience in helping to reduce the incidence of littering and encouraging behavioural change among habitual offenders has delivered very positive outcomes for other authorities in the capital as well as in metropolitan areas in other parts of the country. Naturally, we’re delighted to now be applying this experience alongside our existing civil enforcement work in Wandsworth.”
The new contract was awarded to NSL following a competitive tender and is for an initial 12 month period. The new programme will operate from two local bases in Wandsworth and is likely to include some home-based deployment.
The council’s environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “The vast majority of residents take great pride in their local communities, but we want to send out a really strong message to the irresponsible and inconsiderate minority that think they can get away with spoiling our borough.
“I’m confident NSL will deliver a programme that will not only provide an effective deterrent but also encourage offenders to recognise and address the error of their ways.”
The award of the new environmental enforcement programme follows NSL’s appointment early last year to deliver all on- and off-street enforcement services for the borough as well as taking on responsibility for the suspensions service and management of all of the Council’s fixed and mobile CCTV resources.
Wandsworth residents can report flytips and other problems via the council’s Report It app.
To download the app, search for ‘Wandsworth Report It’ on the Apple, Android or Windows app store, or access it via the council’s website.