Partnership with Lambeth Council for zero-tolerance approach to environmental crimes


Lambeth Council has partnered with NSL to support delivery of the environmental enforcement service across the borough. The service is designed to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to members of the public aged 18 or above for littering or spitting (£80 fine) and for failing to pick up dog foul (£50 fine). The new team of Environmental Enforcement Officers will be based in International House, working alongside the Community Safety service that is already provided by the council. The existing media campaign ‘Not on Our Streets’ will be renewed with arrival of this new service provided by NSL.

The new contract is for an initial period of a year, with the possibility of a two year extension. The campaign will demonstrate that Lambeth Council takes a friendly yet zero-tolerance approach to environmental crimes and want to encourage residents to act responsibly and set examples to others. The new team of Environmental Enforcement Officers will act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the borough and will help to implement this educational and community-focused campaign.

“The vast majority of people are supportive of any action to ensure that the place where they live and work is clean and safe,” says NSL’s Executive Director for Local Government, Mark Hoskin. “This new enforcement programme will help us to address the irresponsible and inconsiderate actions of the small minority which can so easily blight town centres. We will be applying our wide-ranging experience to provide the Council with an efficient and cost-effective resource that harnesses the latest developments in enforcement technologies to help minimise environmental offences in the borough.”

Lambeth’s cabinet member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, said: “We all have a responsibility in keeping Lambeth as a great place to live.  Our residents want to live in a clean and pleasant borough and their primary concern is environmental quality.

“The small minority who drop litter, spit or allow their dog to foul on the pavement are simply ruining the environment for the vast majority of law-abiding, responsible residents. We won’t stand for it, and we are introducing a new team to crack down on these enviro-crimes. Our new officers can be easily spotted and they will be quick to fine people they see polluting our environment in this way.

“These on-the-spot fines will make offenders think twice about doing it again and protect our streets for our more responsible residents. Cleaning up after people costs us a huge amount of money, which is much needed in other services during this time of financial pressure.”

Photo: Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, cabinet Member for Environment & Transport with environmental officers.

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For further information, please contact Luke Allen, Director of Communications, 07468 701361, or Luke.Allen@nsl.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

NSL is a leading UK company specialising in the delivery and management of frontline services in complex public sector and regulated environments. Our core services include business process management; enforcement; passenger and social transport; street management and technical design services. We currently have over 70 contracts with local, regional and central government, as well as with the airport and the private sector, and have delivered contracts for high-profile government agencies, such as The Royal Parks, DVLA, Transport for London and Transport Northern Ireland.