Wakefield Council launches first time public consultation on its Environmental Health policy

Wakefield Council is launching a public consultation on how it’s Environmental Health teams deal with businesses and members of the public, especially when it comes to giving advice and enforcing the law.

This is the first time that the Council has consulted with those it regulates on how it regulates them and Wakefield Council is keen for both businesses and individuals to comment. The policy is important because it sets out an aim to achieve ‘a level playing field’ of regulatory compliance across Wakefield district.

The areas covered by Environmental Health include noise nuisance, land and air quality, food hygiene and health & safety. Officers aim to help people comply with relevant regulations by giving advice and guidance but they also have a range of enforcement powers, including the ability to prosecute individuals and businesses, should they need them.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “I welcome this consultation as it is important to have people’s views on how we implement our environmental health policy. So I would urge people to take a few minutes to share their thoughts and help us with our plans for the future.”

The consultation starts on 11 May and ends on 31 May 2015. To take part in the consultation people should call 0345 8 5065106 and ask for Environmental Health; or email business@wakefield.gov.uk; or visit www.wakefield.gov.uk