We monitor construction activities to minimise pollution caused by noise, dust and other nuisances.
Part 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires us to take reasonable steps to investigate and if appropriate, take formal action in the event of justified complaints of statutory nuisance.
A 'statutory nuisance' in this context can include emissions of smoke, fumes or gases, dust, steam and smell. The emissions must arise from premises and must materially affect the use of enjoyment or other premises.
Typical complaints of this type are smoke and ash from garden bonfires, smoking chimneys, dust from building and demolition activity and cooking smells from restaurants.
The legislation does not allow us to deal with complaints of smells arising from domestic premises.
If satisfied that a complaint of statutory nuisance is justified, an Abatement/Penalty Notice will be served upon the person responsible, occupier or owner of the premises (as appropriate) requiring that the nuisance be abated. Failure to comply with an Abatement/Penalty Notice is an offence and legal proceedings may result.
Environmental Health and Licensing
01438 242908 / 242916