Bedford Borough Council awards contract to District Enforcement to deter people spoiling Bedford's parks, open spaces & town centre from environmental offences image By Mihail AdobeStock_276245235

Public Space Protection Orders give Council powers to fine to anti-social behaviours

Bedford Borough Council has awarded a contract to District Enforcement Ltd to deter those from spoiling Bedford’s parks and open spaces and town centre from environmental offences.

It will be taking over from LA Support from Monday 2 November 2020. People will see the change as District Enforcement has a new dark blue uniform.

District Enforcement will have the power to enforce and issue fines to people seen littering, spitting, cycling through the pedestrianised area during the day, allowing their dog to foul and not clearing it up, and other dog control issues.

The Council said that scheme will not cost the council, and therefore tax payers, a penny. It is self-financing, and will get its income from the Fixed Penalty Notices paid by those who litter, or commit other environment offences.

Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for Environment, said:

“I received countless complaints of anti-social behaviour by individuals in our town centre and in open spaces across the Borough.

“So, following consultation, we introduced Public Space Protection Orders which gave us the powers to issue fines to tackle these anti-social behaviours, as well as against people littering.

“We want Bedford Borough to continue to be a safe, welcoming and clean place to live, work and visit.

“Unfortunately, there are a minority of people who do not do their bit and that is not acceptable. We will continue to enforce against anyone who is seen dropping litter, endangering pedestrians in the town centre, and not controlling and cleaning up after their dog in a responsible way.

“The Council will continue to work with our contractors, ensuring that they operate in a fair, transparent and thorough way, tackling offences where they are seen, and providing a valuable service to local residents.”

Colin Buchanan, head of Operations for District Enforcement Ltd, said:

“District Enforcement is excited to be working in partnership with Bedford Borough Council and play our part in keeping such a beautiful borough clean, tidy and safe.

“I am confident with our dedicated team of officers, who will on a daily basis, patrol the whole borough of Bedford, we will see a behaviour change within the borough.”