Enforcement Policy consultation

​Closing date: 4 November 2019

What we are consulting on

The Council is consulting on proposed changes to its Enforcement Policy. This policy outlines how we will deliver the enforcement functions we have to carry out by law, including those carried out by our Benefits Fraud, Environmental Health, Highways, Licensing, Planning, Parking and Trading Standards professionals. 

This policy impacts on everyone who uses or provides services across west Cheshire.The policy influences a wide range of enforcement activity, from how we administer fixed penalty notices for relatively low level offences such as littering and urinating in designated public places, to how we make prosecution decisions for businesses that operate unsafe food establishments or sell unsafe goods.
All local authorities are expected to have an enforcement policy that is reviewed at regular intervals. The current policy was last reviewed and published in July 2014 so is now due for review.

The main change to the policy relates to the delegation of powers to town and parish councils or other agencies to build stronger communities.

The other changes proposed are relatively small and relate mainly to the inclusion of new enforcement tools that have been introduced in the last five years as well as a few administrative changes, proposed to make the scope of the policy clearer. None of these changes are detailed in this consultation as these have little or no policy significance. That does not, however, prevent comments being made on these changes.

Where changes are proposed that have a greater community impact these are outlined in this consultation.

This consultation includes:

How to get involved

You can complete the survey online.

If you would like a paper questionnaire sending to you, then please contact us using the details below.

The 12-week consultation period closes on 4 November 2019.

Other ways to take part

How your views will be used

The outcome of the public consultation will be considered by Cabinet in January 2020.

Other ways of accessing information

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter:

Please note:

We welcome views from all sections of the community and would encourage everyone to take part in this consultation. Note that the Council has a responsibility to make sure that its services are available to all, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief or sexual identity. Comments that are offensive to particular groups or considered inappropriate under the Equality Act 2010 will not be considered or published as part of this consultation.

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