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 such as Licensing and Planning, 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. 


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

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.