It is very difficult to assess the effectiveness of the various Council enforcement actions.
- The planning enforcement team is down to 4 people
- The food and safety team has been dragging its feet on the illegal smoking inside shisha cafes
- The planning register website does not enable a full list of enforcement actions to the checked; it can only be searched by entering a known property or the name of a street.
- The Council has declined to provide detailed information under Freedom of Information to a request by Mr Jake Lomax, for the full food hygiene inspection reports for: all ‘E’ rated premises which have not been subject to their alternative enforcement strategy within the past three years’. The Council says there are 483 reports which fit his criteria it will take too much time to do this. Instead it has provided an Excel spread sheet listing the name and address of these 483 businesses.
Adam Ali has submitted a FOI question asking how many Building Act 1984 Section 36 enforcement notices and injunctions have been issued in respect of residential and commercial/other property works since 1st January 2006 (reporting each calendar year separately if possible) ?
The Council response is awaited.
The failure to be seen to enforce does the Council’s image to protect the public no good.
Perhaps it is time that Scrutiny Committee carried out a review of enforcement action?