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Have your say on enforcement policy during public consultation

An overarching policy which aims to protect the public, environment, consumers and businesses in Fenland has gone out for public consultation.

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Fenland District Council is seeking views on its draft updated Corporate Enforcement Policy, which outlines the authority's approach to regulatory inspection and enforcement to ensure legal requirements are met.

The policy, which was last updated in 2014, is used in many of the council's services to encourage compliance in areas such as community safety, environmental health, licensing, private sector housing, planning and building control, council tax and benefits, street cleaning and much more.

It sets out the common principles to all aspects of the council's enforcement activities and demonstrates what residents, businesses, consumers and workers can expect from the council's enforcement officers.

It is also designed to ensure a consistent, fair, transparent and effective approach to regulatory inspection and enforcement across the district.

The council's Cabinet approved the draft policy for consultation at its meeting on April 19, and now people have between Monday, April 23, and Sunday, June 17, to have their say. 

To view the draft policy, and find out how to have your say, visit: www.fenland.gov.uk/consultations (from April 23).

Key changes to the draft updated policy include introducing civil penalties as an alternative to court prosecution for certain offences - such as fines of up to £30,000 for housing offences such as failing to comply with an improvement notice or overcrowding.

The council is also proposing to introduce charges for the issuing of some notices, such as housing improvement notices.

Cllr Anne Hay, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Corporate Governance, said: "The council has an essential role in the protection of the environment and health, safety and interests of residents, visitors and businesses across the Fenland area.

"This policy demonstrates how we try to work with people and help them to get things right, but also outlines how we will tackle those who are unwilling to abide by the law. We want to ensure the policy strikes the right balance between helping people and taking enforcement action where necessary, so would encourage as many people as possible to have their say."

Article added: April 20, 2018