Windsor & Maidenhead demanded to separate from district law enforcement
PRESSURE for the board parting ways with a private law enforcement company is on the rise as activists plan to “make as much noise as possible”.
A campaign group called Expose District Enforcement Tactics and Methods in RBWM called on residents to email the council and ask them to cancel their contract with the company.
District Enforcement was appointed on a short-term basis by the Royal Borough in October 2020 to tackle police litter and other environmental crimes, such as fly spills.
The company has been criticized by councilors and residents for the way they conduct their business and has been accused of making quick money by targeting people who drop cigarettes or trash rather than preying on them. tipping skips.
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These claims were dismissed by District Enforcement during a community review and review panel in February 2021.
In one case, a man from Windsor contacted the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) saying he had been slapped with a £ 200 fine by District Enforcement for placing a small Amazon parcel in a large box next to it from the Windsor Leisure Center dumpster.
According to figures provided by the private company at the meeting, 1,309 fines have been imposed as of December 31, 2020 – including 1,185 for rubbish offenses.
John Webb, who is leading the campaign, told LDRS he and other supporters will “make as much noise as possible” at the Royal Borough to cancel the contract or not extend it by sending “pre-written emails” “to the board.
District Enforcement has been accused of targeting smokers (PA)
Mr. Webb said the borough needed to take a different approach to waste enforcement, calling the company’s method “highway theft” to target cigarette smokers.
He said, “The proportion is always about cigarette butts and that’s because it’s profit driven, where they can get their money.
“It’s not about keeping the borough clean; it’s about supporting the business of a private law enforcement company.
“They [District Enforcement] have this mandate where they’re supposed to deal with fly spills and general waste, but if you look at the numbers 81% of all fines are cigarette butts because it’s easy to pick up.
Mr Webb, who said he was not fined by the company, added that the money from the fines should not go to a private company based in Liverpool.
In response, a council spokesperson said that District Enforcement is “fully accountable” to the local authority for its actions and is reviewed monthly and will make recommendations on whether or not to continue with the contract in the future.
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They said, “The council officers witnessed the district’s performance at work and the professionalism of the company was of the highest level.
“Council is committed to addressing residents’ concerns about waste and will continue to take a strong approach. Garbage in our borough is reprehensible and damaging to the environment and will not be accepted, including cigarette ends.
“With regard to illegal landfills, it often takes more effort to unload waste than it would take for the same waste in a recycling center and recycling center.
“Although we always intend to pursue where we can, it is not always possible to identify the perpetrators.
“Council is committed to addressing residents’ concerns about fly spills. ”
District Enforcement has been contacted for comment.