Strategic Contracts & Commissions Manager, Lacy Dixon,
Enforcement Services Manager and Leo Whitlock, Head of
Communications were in attendance to give a presentation on Litter
outlined the current and future measures to prevent litter and
flytipping by the Commissioned
Services, Enforcement and Communications Teams.
The Forum discussed
the matter and the Strategic Contracts and Commissions Manager,
Enforcement Services Manager and Head of Communications gave
clarification where required. The following points were
Concerns were raised regarding the
decision to charge for soil, rubble, hardcore and plasterboard
waste at household waste recycling centres. It was confirmed that this was a Kent
County Council (KCC) decision following a consultation.
The city council are only able to collect
flytipped waste from city council owned
land, KCC highways and Highways England owned land - not private
land or unadopted roads. However
they would do everything in their power to help the reporter to get
the waste removed.
More publicity about successful
convictions for flytipping was
requested. It was confirmed that it was sometimes difficult to get
publicity about convictions in the local news media due to other
larger stories, however it was raised
that the parish council notice boards could be used as an
It was requested that separate bags for
litter picks be made available to allow for recyclable and
non-recyclable waste. It was confirmed that this had been
investigated and it was difficult as the different waste types
needed separate trucks and licenses.
Concerns were raised regarding the length
of time between reporting flytipped
waste and when the waste was collected. It was confirmed that
the collection of the waste depended on what was in the waste (e.g.
hazardous waste) although there is now an extra system in place to
monitor the Serco response times to prevent delays to the
The online reporting form would be the
best tool to report flytipped waste and
request it to be removed.
Concerns were raised regarding the even
allocation of the enforcement resources, as the rural areas made up
for a third of the district. It was confirmed that the enforcement
resources were allocated on a rota
basis but also on a need basis. E.g. if there
were events in the city and/or coastal areas that anticipated a
large turnout. In general terms, however, a third of the
allocation is to rural areas.
It was asked whether the council had
considered having ‘skip days’ for local residents to
take their waste to skips provided by the council. It was
confirmed that the council had tried this in the past but due to
the large volume of attendees and people from outside who took
advantage of the skips, the council no longer encouraged these
The council were trialling a litter
picking A-board in the city and would be investigating the
implementation of these boards in other areas in the
The presentation was noted by the forum
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