The Environment Team deals with a number of pollution related
issues. The level of involvement by the Environment Team depends on
the nature of the problem and can range from simply giving advice
over the phone to complex and protracted investigations which can
go on for months, particulary when large amounts of money need to
be spent by companies to deal with an industrial problem.
Some of the investigations require a degree of input from the
customer who has reported the problem. This may involve filling in
an evidence form
or turning a noise monitor on and off to capture samples of alleged
nuisance from neighbours. In situations where the Council is able
to establish that there is a significant problem, it can require
action to be taken by those persons responsible for the problem or
who have a legal interest in the land or premises being
investigated. This is often done by service of Notices under the
appropriate legislation, requiring certain action to be taken by a
specific date. Should the Council decide not to take formal action
against an alleged perpetrator of a nuisance (for example, where
sufficient evidence has not been obtained despite all reasonable
attempts to do so), the person complaining about the nuisance has
the option to take their own private action.
Please use the links on the left for further
information about various different types of pollution and how they
are dealt with by the Council.
Please note: Environmental Health is now being
administered by Worcestershire
Regulatory Services. Telephone enquiries
can be made via the Worcestershire Hub on 01905 822799. Email
enquiries can be sent to email@example.com.
Please note: The Environment Team is nothing to do
Environment Agency, which is a Central
Government body dealing with such matters as pollution of rivers
and licensing of waste disposal contractors. If you wish to report
a pollution incident to The Environment Agency, you can do so by
phoning their incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.