The Council’s environmental health services includes a wide range of services provided by a number of different teams within the Housing and Public Protection Service, which have a general aim of protecting public health and maintaining the amenity of the district.
Envirocrime and Enforcement
The Council is responsible for undertaking a range of duties relating to monitoring and regulating air quality, land contamination, noise emissions and water quality.
The Council is responsible for undertaking regular inspections of all food premises, dealing with complaints about food premises and investigating reports of food poisoning that occur in the district.
The Council is responsible for dealing with issues relating to health, safety and welfare in many workplaces, with the aim of protecting the health, safety and welfare of people at work and those affected by business activities.
The Council is responsible for issuing many types of licences and registrations where the Government has decided that controls are required over certain types of business activities.
There are standards set down to ensure that private housing in the district is safe to live in and that there are reasonable amenities. As well as traditional housing, there are standards for houses in multiple occupation and caravan sites.
Local authorities have legal duties to deal with statutory nuisances. This term is defined in the section 79 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The main provisions of this legislation were originally enacted in the Public Health Act 1936, although the origins of statutory nuisance go back further to the Victorian era, when powers were first put in place to deal with unsanitary conditions. The 1990 Act has been amended on a number of occasions to include other matters within the definition of statutory nuisance, including noise from vehicles and equipment in the street and light pollution.
Details of how to contact the team can be found on the Housing & Public Protection contact page.