The environmental health section has two parts - the environmental protection team and the commercial team.
- Monitor air quality around the town. An Air Quality Status Report is produced each year for the government.
- Enforce smoke control areas.
- Hand out permits and regulate emissions to air from some premises.
- Investigate complaints such as smoke from open burning and bad smells.
- The council has a database showing all sites in the borough where there has been an industrial use that might contaminate the land.
- The team make sure development sites are suitable as part of the planning process.
- Provide advice to developers, landowners and consultants.
- Environmental searches.
- Providing advice to the public.
- Respond to consultations from other parts of the council such as licensing and planning, and outside bodies such as the Environmental Agency.
- Inspection of all food premises to make sure they follow food hygiene rules and run the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
- Ensuring businesses provide accurate information about food allergens to customers.
- Providing advice to businesses.
- Investigating complaints about food and food premises.
- Conducting food sampling surveys and responding to alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency.
- Investigate cases of suspected or confirmed food poisoning.
- Inspection of commercial premises for compliance with workplace safety.
- Investigation of accidents and complaints about workplace conditions.
- Providing information and advice for businesses.
- Investigation of complaints, advice and monitoring.
- The investigation and enforcement of nuisance laws under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
- To be a legal 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 it is something that causes serious interference in the use and enjoyment of a person's property. It is more than just an annoyance or something that is present.
- The specific sensitivities of the person affected cannot be taken into account in deciding whether a matter is a statutory nuisance.
Examples of a legal nuisance:
- The state of a building
- Smoke/fumes and gases coming from a building
- Smell/dust/steam from industrial, trade or business premises
- Large amounts of waste building up. For example, large amounts of rubbish with food waste inside.
- Animals kept in a building.
- Insects from any industrial, trade or business premises
- Artificial light from premises
- Noise coming from a building 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 "no smoking" laws.