Decision details

Award of Contract – Environmental Enforcement – JAN19/CMDN/73

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

The Cabinet Member approved the award of the environment enforcement single supplier framework  to Kingdom Services Group Ltd for an initial period of 2 years - Commencement expected 1st February 2019, with an option to extend for up to two years (In one year increments).   The contract value is £450,000 per annum and shall be cost neutral to the council.

 

Reasons for the decision:

Tackling environmental crime, including associated anti social behaviour are key strategic objectives for the council.  Offences to be covered by the framework are detailed below and the council will delegate powers as appropriate.

 Offences

Legislation

Offence

Environmental Protection Act 1990

Section 87

Throwing down or depositing any litter

(the percentage for cigarette related litter to be capped at to %)

Crime, Policing and Anti Social Behaviour Act

Section 68

Breach of a public space protection order

Powers

Legislation

Power

Environmental Protection Act 1990

Section 88

The issue of a notice offering the opportunity to discharge the liability to conviction for a littering offence by the payment of a fixed penalty.

Crime, Policing and Anti Social Behaviour Act 2014

Section 67

The issue of a notice offering the opportunity to discharge the liability to conviction for breach of a public space protection order by the payment of a fixed penalty.

 

The scope of these enforcement actions may change subject to community and local authority priorities and the framework may be varied by way of modification in accordance with Regulation 72 Public Contracts Regulations 2015 to add further enforcement activities, for example by virtue of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, or any new legislation or amendments to existing legislation that shall permit the Environmental Enforcement Service to prevent and reduce environmental crime and its associated anti-social behaviour.

 

The recommendation is made on the basis that the city must act on the increasing levels of environmental crime. The successful supplier shall offer a service which shall include  education and engagement activities to influence the attitude and behaviour of residents in relation to environmental crime.  Technological solutions shall provide a leaner and smarter enforcement model which allows access to ‘live’ information and are also offering added value in terms of education and engagement with residents around environmental crime and the impacts.  

 

The tender process was compliant with procurement legislation in order to develop a single supplier framework to deliver environmental enforcement services to those contracting authorities who may access and use  the framework, including Peterborough City Council, Fenland District Council and other local authorities within Cambridgeshire. The new framework has been procured competitively in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

 

 

Alternative options considered:

Do nothing - this is not an option as would lead to very limited enforcement of Public SpaceProtection Orders and lower level environmental crime.

 

Set up an in house enforcement team to focus on low level environmental crime.   The new framework has the potential to a create a  surplus which will allow the local authority to reinvest.  The setting up of an in-house team will remain under review in line with the transformation of the Prevention and Enforcement Service. 

 

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None.

Background Documents:

KEY/12NOV18/06

Publication date: 03/01/2019

Date of decision: 03/01/2019

Effective from: 09/01/2019

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