Decision details

To award a contract to private contractor for Public Spaces Protection Orders and Littering Enforcement

Decision Maker: Assistant Director - Neighbourhood Delivery

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Council’s Environmental and Community Protection department is increasingly involved in the time-consuming management of more complex and wide ranging environmental cases such as fly tipping, commercial waste, illegal burning and abandoned vehicles. This doesn’t leave sufficient resources for a sustained high visibility presence on observational offences such as Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) and littering enforcement that is required to effect ongoing behavioural change.
In November 2020, the Council obtained approval to enter into a short term pilot contract with a specialist contractor to deliver Public Spaces Protection Order and Littering Enforcement in the borough.
The Council have carried out an open market tender process which has been advertised on both the local and national portal. Bidders were evaluated against previous experience, service delivery and costs and out of the 4 tenders received, District Enforcement Ltd scored highest by demonstrating their experience and ability to deliver the contract to a high standard.
This contract is for 12 months however there is an option to extend the agreement for a further 4 years. As part of the 12 months, the Council will obtain management information to support the decision on whether to continue with the contract or not.


To award a 12 month contract to District Enforcement Ltd for Public Spaces Protection Orders and Littering Enforcement.

Alternative options considered:

The Council have decided to carry out a 12 month pilot with a enforcement company. During this period the Council will decide whether this will work long term. If the pilot is successful then the Council will then extend this agreement for a further 4 years.

Publication date: 19/10/2021

Date of decision: 06/09/2021

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