Councillor calls for end of Kingdom

In a meeting on Wednesday, Conwy County Councillors will be urged to extend the contract of Kingdom Environmental Protection Service for another year in the county.

Plaid Cymru Councillor, Aaron Wynne is calling for Kingdom’s contact to be terminated to 'put people before profit' and to ‘restore the public’s trust’ in Conwy’s own enforcement officers.

The Llanrwst County Councillor, Aaron Wynne said:

“Kingdom have proven themselves to be overly heavy-handed in their approach to enforcement.

“Outsourcing this sort of service to the private sector leads to companies putting profit margins before people, as they chase the financial incentive to fine members of the public.

“I’m aware that both Llandudno and Llanfairfechan Town Councils have asked Conwy Council not to send Kingdom enforcement officers to their towns.

"Kingdom has also operated across the north of Wales, but many other local authorities have already pulled the plug.

“Bringing this service in-house will take the profit-making element out of enforcement, and will hopefully restore the public’s trust in Conwy’s own enforcement team. Enforcement is only one way of keeping our streets tidy.”

The Economy and Place overview and scrutiny committee meeting will be held at 5:30pm, Wednesday July 4, in the Council Chamber, Bodlondeb.