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Plaid Cymru councillors in Wrexham have called for the litter contract with Kingdom to be ended as soon as possible after news that a further 377 people were given Fixed Penalty Notices for littering by the security firm in March.
The call comes as councillors scrutinise the Kingdom contract at Wednesday’s Housing and Environment Scrutiny committee.
Councillor Carrie Harper, who sits on the council’s Housing and Environment Scrutiny committee, said: 

“Nobody condones littering but these fines are clearly not reducing litter in our communities. All they’re doing is enriching a private company at the expense of Wrexham citizens. 

“Two councils in north Wales have now stopped using Kingdom and we should work with them and other councils to do the same. I want an effective strategy to reduce littering and dog mess in our communities rather than using Kingdom, which keeps going after the easy options.”

Cllr Marc Jones represents the Grosvenor ward, which covers the town centre. This one ward made up more than a third of the 377 Fixed Penalty Notices issued by Kingdom in March: 

“I’m as sick of littering as anyone else but we’re having to organise our own litter picking because the problem isn’t going away. If anything it’s getting worse more than two years after this council gave Kingdom the contract. 

 “Grosvenor ward is not a cleaner place because of Kingdom making money on the back of this contract. They are making thousands of pounds every month from this contract yet Wrexham residents are getting nothing back from it. 

 “Of the 141 fines issues in my ward, not one was for dog fouling. This is a far more serious problem yet Kingdom is clearly not interested in tackling that matter because it’s easier to fine the young, the old and the vulnerable.”

Cllr Jones, who leads the Plaid Cymru group on Wrexham Council, said discussions had taken place with his colleagues in other councils across north Wales to find a better alternative that actually delivered cleaner streets. Gwynedd and Ynys Môn councils, which are both Plaid Cymru run, have scrapped contracts with Kingdom in recent weeks