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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Provision of advice to the public.
- Respond to consultations from internal sections of the Council such as Licensing and Planning, and outside bodies such as the Environmental Agency.
- 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.
- Inspection of commercial premises for compliance with workplace safety.
- Investigation of accidents, complaints about workplace conditions.
- Providing information and advice for businesses.
Investigation of complaints, provision of advice and monitoring.
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 enjoyment 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 statutory 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 treatments and investigation of complaints.
Sampling of private water supplies.
Enforcement of smoke free "no smoking" legislation.