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Environmental Health

Food Safety

The safety, quality and nutritional value of the food we eat is of fundamental importance to our health and wellbeing. Food safety and nutrition are therefore key concerns for the council. 

The Food team in Food and Consumer Safety ensures the provision of clean, safe food and water in all food premises in the Borough. This it achieves by food safety inspection at over 2400 premises in the Borough.

In addition they provide advice and education on food safety and investigate infectious disease cases.

Environmental Protection

The protection of our environment is important for human health. The adverse impacts of the environment on health are therefore important to the Council. 

The Environmental Protection Team mainly deals with the smoke emissions from domestic and industrial premises and noise as well as enforcing the provisions of pollution, prevention and control at prescribed processes. We also monitor air quality throughout the Borough through the declaration of air quality management areas and the implementation of air quality action plans.

Through a specialist Land Team the identification and remediation of contaminated land is undertaken in accordance with the Council's Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety affects people and businesses throughout the Borough and beyond. It forms an essential part of our lives in a number of different ways.

The Council investigates accidents at work and deals with complaints about health and safety very seriously but fairly. The Health and Safety team also registering a number of business activities as well as carry out inspections of businesses.

Enterprise & Self Employment

Public Health

Environmental health has an important contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities.

There are many ways in which the Council contributes to the improvement in the health of the population, in creating and maintaining sustainable communities, and in addressing the health consequences of environmental degradation and global changes in climate, habitat, energy supplies and other key stresses, such as food, diet, exercise and smoking.

Licences, Permits and Registrations

The Council issues a range of Environmental Health related licences, permits and registrations. the purpose is to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and members of the public within the borough, the wellbeing of animals and to protect the environment. Specific areas of work include:

Housing

Housing should provide an environment that is as safe and healthy as possible. Poor housing conditions can be a major cause of accidents and ill health. The Council looks to tackling problems of poor housing to protect the health, safety and welfare of the occupants in both the public and private sector. We provide a range of services and advice on all housing issues.