Freedom of information response

Litter and dog fouling figures 2019

Publication date: 
Friday 6 March 2020
Request: 

1.Which department is responsible for enforcing against Littering?

2. Do you use a private company to enforce against Littering?

3. If you answered yes to question 2, could you confirm the name of the private company?

4. if you answered yes to question 2, could you confirm the contract end date?

5. If you answered yes to question 2, could you provide me with a copy of the contract?

6. What is the full price of a Littering Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)?

7. Do you have a discounted price for a littering FPN and if yes, how long is the discounted period? For example, the FPN will be discounted to £50 if paid within 10 days.

8. How many FPNs did you issue for littering in 2019?

9. How many FPNs issued for Littering in 2019 were paid?

10. How many FPNs issued for Littering in 2019 were prosecuted for failing to pay the FPN?

11. Could you confirm which department is responsible for enforcing against Dog Fouling?

12. Do you use a private company to enforce against Dog Fouling?

13. If you answered yes to question 11, could you confirm the name of the private company?

14. What is the legislation you enforce Dog Fouling under? For example, Dog Control Order, fouling of land act or PSPO.

15. How many FPNs did you issue for Dog Fouling in 2019?

16. How many FPNs issued for Dog Fouling in 2019 were paid?

17. How many FPNs issued for Dog Fouling in 2019 were prosecuted for failing to pay the FPN?

18. Do you enforce against any other Dog Control Orders or PSPOs that are dog related?

19. What is the full price of a Dog Fouling FPN?

20. Do you have a discounted price for a Dog Fouling FPN and if yes, how long is the discounted period? For example, the FPN will be discounted to £50 if paid within 10 days.

Response: 

1. Environment and Highways

2. Yes

3. Kingdom

4. Contract information can be found via the following web link: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/our-contracts/current-contracts

5. In issuing our response the Council has applied S43 of the Freedom of Information Act.  Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it).  A commercial interest relates to a person’s ability to successfully participate in a commercial activity, i.e. the purchase and the sale of goods or services. 

6. £150

7. No

8. 3,592

9. 2,092

10. These records are not available

11. We do not enforce at this time.

12. No

13. Not applicable

14. Not enforced

15. 0

16. 0

17. 0

18. Not applicable

19. Not applicable

20. Not applicable

Section 43 (2):

Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it). A commercial interest relates to a person or organisation’s ability to successfully participate in a commercial activity, i.e. the purchase and the sale of goods or services.

The council are of the view that the release of the information requested in question 5 would prejudice its own commercial interests and the commercial interests of the contractor. It is the council’s view that there is a stronger public interest to maintain the use of the exemption for section 43 (2).

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Request reference:
FOI 9790