Environmental health

The Environmental health section is divided into two teams.

The Environmental Protection team and the Commercial team deal with the information, advice and enforcement of a broad range of issues. Their work includes:

Air pollution

  • Monitoring and analysis of air quality including producing an Air Quality Status Report submitted annually to Defra.
  • Advice on and enforcement of smoke control areas. 
  • Environmental Permitting and regulation of emissions to air from certain premises. 
  • Investigation of complaints such as smoke from open burning and odour nuisance. 

Contaminated land

  • The implementation of the Council's Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy and maintaining a database of information on sites where there has been an industrial/potentially contaminative former use.  
  • To ensure development sites are suitable for their proposed end use via the planning process.
  • Providing advice to developers, landowners and consultants.
  • Environmental searches.

Environmental advice

  • Provision of advice to the public.
  • Respond to consultations from internal sections of the Council and outside bodies such as the Environmental Agency.

Food safety

  • Inspection of all food premises for compliance with food hygiene requirements and implement the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
  • Ensuring businesses provide accurate information to consumers with regards to allergens.
  • Providing advice to businesses. 
  • Investigation of complaints about food and food premises.
  • Conducting food sampling surveys and responding to food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency. 
  • Investigate cases of suspect or confirmed food poisoning. 

Health and safety at work

  • Inspection of commercial premises for compliance with workplace safety. 
  • Investigation of accidents, complaints about workplace conditions.
  • Providing information and advice for businesses. 

Noise

Investigation of complaints, provision of advice and monitoring.

Nuisance

The investigation and enforcement of statutory nuisance legislation under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. To be a statutory nuisance there needs to be evidence of something being a nuisance or prejudicial to health (or likely to be). There is no set definition of the term "nuisance" but a nuisance is something which causes substantial interference in the use and enjoyments of a person's property and is more than just an annoyance or something that is present. Specific sensitivities of the person being affected cannot be taken into account in deciding whether a matter is a statutory nuisance. 

Types of situations which may give rise to a statuary nuisance:

  • State of premises
  • Smoke/fumes and gases emitted from premises 
  • Smell/Dust/Steam from industrial, trade or business premises 
  • Accumulations or deposits for example accumulations of refuse containing food waste 
  • Animals kept in such a place or manner 
  • Insects from any industrial, trade or business premises 
  • Artificial light from premises 
  • Noise emitted from premises or caused by a vehicle, machinery or equipment in a street  

Pest control

Pest control treatments and investigation of complaints.

Private water supplies

Sampling of private water supplies. 

Smoking and smoking shelters 

Enforcement of smoke free "no smoking" legislation.