Thursday, 14 November 2013

Have Your Say During Enforcement And Inspection Consultation

Businesses, residents and parish councils are being asked to have their say on a new approach to regulatory inspection and enforcement across South Cambridgeshire.

The draft policy out for consultation will provide a “one Council” approach and replace eight previous policies for enforcement teams across the authority.

The policy sets out a proactive approach to ensuring the highest level of compliance by giving advice and encouraging businesses and individuals to understand and meet the requirements of regulation and enforcement.

 During the consultation, people in the area are being asked if the policy strikes the right balance between helping businesses with support and advice and taking enforcement action where necessary.

The consultation runs until Tuesday 31 December and anyone can have their say by visiting Businesses on the Council’s register as well as parish councils are being contacted directly.

Cllr Mick Martin, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for environmental health, said: “The policy outlines how we go about our enforcement work, how we prioritise cases and what businesses, and others being regulated, can expect from enforcement officers. Effective and efficient regulation and enforcement relies on people’s willingness to abide by the law and we believe most people want to do just that. We need you to tell us if we’ve struck the right balance between providing enough advice and support to prevent problems and taking tough action on deliberate breaches. All feedback is important before we finalise the policy.”