Lewes District Council
32 High Street
Tel: 01273 484156
Minicom 01273 484488
The Environmental Health Department is part of the Planning and Environmental Services Directorate. Our primary role is to enforce public health and environmental legislation.
The Environmental Health Service Plan covers the work that the Environmental Health Department carries out to protect all those who live, work or take their recreation in the Lewes District. The Council wants to be recognised as an effective, caring, low cost Council. We cannot do this in isolation and to realise this vision, we will work closely with other agencies and the community to promote safer and healthier environments for us all to share.
The Environmental Health Department touches on almost every aspect of our lives either directly, when there is a problem, or indirectly in our work to promote and protect standards of welfare, environmental management, and regulatory control through a range of education and regulatory contacts.
The period 2011-2014 seems certain to see profound changes in both the local and national delivery of public health services. The Coalition Government are requiring rapid change to the NHS and its public health partners. The Council has a vital role in delivering health and wellbeing, and we will need to work closely with our new partners to ensure that structural changes do not disadvantage the health of the population.
There is an increasing realisation of the inequalities in the health of our communities. The new public health arrangements will offer great opportunities for reducing these health inequalities within the Lewes district. To tackle these inequalities will require some difficult decisions against a backdrop of reducing resources, but Environmental Health must remain focussed on targeting efficient services on deprived and disadvantaged sections of our community.
I welcome this plan, confident in the effectiveness of the Environmental Health Departmentís contribution to the work of the Council.
The Environmental Health Department provides a range of key services including:
General Public Health Services
These are mainly statutory activities regulating food safety; health and safety in the workplace; nuisances; infectious diseases; pollution control (including contaminated land and integrated pollution control); protecting public health and environmental standards.
Inspection/surveillance of food imported through Newhaven, water safety and control of infectious diseases at the Port.
Private Sector Housing
Statutory activities dealing with housing conditions in the private sector, including Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and enabling work through the administration of grant based schemes.
The statutory control of rats, and non statutory control of mice, wasps and other pests.
Operating various statutory licensing regimes, including alcohol, animal welfare, caravan sites, gambling and regulating taxis and minicabs etc.
Dealing with stray dogs, dangerous dogs and dog fouling issues, together with animal welfare advice, enforcement and associated licensing.
Providing the Councils 24 hour response service for Environmental Health emergencies and coordinating the Councilís corporate support for emergency planning and business continuity planning.
Health Policy and Public Health Partnerships
Working with statutory partners to provide joined up services designed to improve the public health, maintaining an overview of health policy, changes in healthcare and advising upon its impact for the Lewes District.
Our aim is to provide an efficient Environmental Health service which improves the health and wellbeing of all those who live in, work in or visit the Lewes district.
|Service Objectives||Outcomes (desired/expected)|
|To work within the new Public Health system to protect and improve Public Health||The Council can demonstrate the provision of an efficient, effective Public Health enforcement service.|
|To increase compliance with Environmental Standards and reduce Environmental Crime||The Council can demonstrate the provision of an efficient, effective Environmental enforcement service.|
|To target local Public Health Priorities and reduce Health Inequalities||The Council can demonstrate that it is identifying and targeting its interventions based on local need|
|To support the local economy||The Council can demonstrate that enforcement interventions are delivered according to a risk based approach.|
The Council can demonstrate the provision of a high quality business advice service on Environmental Health issues
In delivering the above service objectives, we have published the service standards the public can expect from us as set out below:
Under the General Public Sector Equality Duty (2010) we must :-
We carry out equality impact assessments (EIAs) for new or existing policies, strategies and services to see what effect they will have on different groups within our communities. This helps us to identify potential consequences for these groups and ensure any negative impacts are eliminated or reduced. They can also help us to identify actions to eliminate discrimination and promote positive relations between groups which are incorporated into our Departmental Service Plan.
Further information is available on our Equalities Policy and for copies of our Equality Impact Assessments.
The main drivers for change likely to impact during 2011/12 are set out below:
We have reviewed our progress and performance for last year. A summary is provided here:-
We publish the details of how we organise and decide the various aspects of our work. The policies list the rules we work to and the strategies show what we are planning to achieve and how.
Commercial Team Service Plan (0.31mb)
Energy Policy (0.62mb)
Environmental Policy - March 2008 (0.02mb)
Sustainability Strategy (0.15mb)
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Plan (0.98mb)
Home Energy Conservation Act Progress Report (0.15mb)
Flood and Coastal Defence Policy Statement (1.22mb)
Air Quality Assessment - Part One (0.79mb)
Air Quality Assessment - Part Two (0.68mb)
Air Quality Assessment - Part Three (0.76mb)
Air Quality Assessment - Part Four (2.31mb)
Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy - Part One (1.11mb)
Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy - Part Two (1.21mb)
Statement of Gambling Policy (0.27mb)
Statement of Licensing Policy (0.27mb)