Council asks for views on enforcement
12 August 2019Cheshire West and Chester Council is asking for views on how they carry out enforcement.
The Council’s Enforcement Policy impacts on anyone who uses or provides services across the borough. It affects a wide range of enforcement activity, from how the Council issues fixed penalty notices for offences such as littering and urinating in designated public places, to how it makes prosecution decisions for businesses operating unsafe food establishments or selling unsafe goods.
The main change being consulted upon is the delegation of enforcement powers to town and parish councils, or other agencies, so they can be more responsive to low level environmental crime within their area.
For example, this could include issuing a fixed penalty notice for dog fouling or a registered social landlord issuing a community protection notice to an anti-social tenant.
This change follows a direct request from some town and parish councils and is consistent with the Council’s aim to build stronger communities.
The consultation covers the types of powers that could be delegated, initially on a pilot basis, and the types of controls that would need to be in place to give the public confidence that any such powers would be administered fairly. Feedback on this change and any aspect of the policy is warmly invited as the policy affects all who live and work in west Cheshire.
Councillor Karen Shore, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, said: “We are keen to strengthen our communities and believe that the responsible delegation of powers could achieve this, providing sensible controls are in place. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved with this consultation and have their say on how we should strengthen our communities to help themselves.”
The twelve week consultation period starts on 12 August 2019 and closes on 4 November 2019. People can tell us what they think and give their views on the proposals by taking part in an online survey at: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/enforcementpolicyconsultation
Comments can also be emailed and paper copies of the survey can be requested via the following methods: