Thursday, 24 May 2018

Rhosddu Council calls for end to Kingdom litter contract

Councillors in Rhosddu have unanimously backed calls to end Kingdom Security's contract with Wrexham Council.

At last night's meeting they backed Cllr Marc Jones's request to write to the council calling for an end to the contract.

The meeting heard that a third of all the litter tickets issued by Kingdom throughout the borough were in just one ward - Grosvenor - in Rhosddu. Councillors told of their experience of seeing people getting off the bus in King Street being targetted and followed by Kingdom staff.

Cllr Steve Gittins said the amount of waste being prosecuted each month amounted to a bin bag of waste throughout the borough.

Cllr Marc Jones, who is county councillor for Grosvenor ward, said:
"Everyone was agreed that the community wasn't benefitting from this aggressive approach to littering. We want cleaner communities and specifically action to be taken on dog fouling and fly tipping, which are major problems in the county. Instead, Kingdom are targetting vulnerable people who can be pressurised into paying fines rather than going after the real culprits. 
"Other authorities in north Wales have scrapped their contracts with Kingdom and we want to see Wrexham Council do the same so that we can have community-friendly enforcement that works for everyone rather than a Merseyside-based private company."
Rhosddu joins Caia Community Council in opposing the Kingdom contract and Wrexham Council has agreed to carry out a review of the contract.

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