Litter Police To Hit Ashford’s Streets

Litter police will be on patrol in Ashford from 5th September in a bid to crackdown on members of the public who discard waste or allow their dogs to foul in the area.

Ashford borough Council expects a “significant number” of £75 on-the-spot penalty fines to be issued over the 12 month trial period, but insists that officers from private company Kingdom, will not have a set target to meet.

Three officers will be on patrol across Ashford town centre and Tenterden, but will be able to move to different locations if required. For example, if places are in need of additional enforcement due to specific problems or major events.

A council spokesman said any profits made will be being pushed back into supporting other environmental projects within the council, including additional dog warden patrols and equipment for litter education and enforcement campaigns.

The litter wardens will wear uniforms similar to the council’s parking enforcement officers and will also be equipped with body cameras,

Ashford is following in the footsteps of seven other Kent authorities, including Canterbury and Maidstone.

Cllr Clair Bell said: “Ashford Borough Council works hard to keep the borough looking clean and tidy for its residents and visitors.

“Despite launching a long term anti-littering campaign in the form of Sir Litternot to discourage this type of behaviour in the borough, it is disappointing to see people are continuing to drop litter and other waste in their own town.

“Kingdom is very experienced and we expect them to take a firm but fair approach when they are dealing with people caught littering in Ashford and Tenterden.”

Phil Burgess, Town Clerk at Tenterden Town Council, said: “Littering and dog fouling has long been a problem in Tenterden and I applaud this initiative for a healthier environment.”

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