At its meeting on 19 March 2018, the Joint Public Protection Committee approved the Public Protection Partnership’s key priorities for the delivery of environmental health, licensing and trading standards across Bracknell Forest, West Berkshire and Wokingham for 2018/19.
Detailed in a new report, the priorities, that include tackling rogue traders, poor housing, air quality and food safety, were developed following an analysis of the all the demands on the service as well as a consideration of local, regional and national priorities.
In addition, service-specific priorities include product safety, the sale of second hand cars, health and safety, noise and other nuisance and mass marketing fraud. Service-specific priorities also identified a number of cross-cutting issues namely e-crime, tackling serious and organised crime groups, supporting vulnerable persons and helping tackle modern slavery.
The Public Protection Partnership will address each priority with a blend of preventative actions, intelligence gathering and, where appropriate, will employ the use of various enforcement options proportionate to the circumstances.
There is also a strong emphasis on partnership working with key agencies such as Thames Valley Police, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, other local authorities as well as schools, safeguarding services and the wider community.
The Partnership will continue to respond to the wide range of service requests and enquiries received along with the delivery of other important functions such as licensing, animal health and welfare, and local issues such as vehicle weight restriction and fly tipping enforcement.
Steve Loudoun, Chairman of the Public Protection Management Board, said:
“This is a comprehensive piece of work that demonstrates the breadth and importance of work carried out by the Public Protection Service. It also shows the huge benefits of the three Councils working together to deliver a service that meets local need. Together, we have created our own case management unit, financial crime investigation team, intelligence function and communications strategy, to help ensure that we provide for the licensing, trading standards and environmental health needs and safeguards for the collective benefit of all.”
He went on the say:
“We look forward to working with the community over the next twelve months providing key services that help protect health and well-being and support the local economy.”
The Public Protection Partnership is a shared service of Bracknell Forest Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council and delivers, environmental health, licensing and trading standards functions.