Clean, safe and sustainable neighbourhoods
Thriving communities outcome: cleanest, safest and most sustainable neighbourhoods in the country
Prosecuting those damaging our borough
Seventeen court cases were heard in 2017-18 as a result of investigations by our Regulatory Services team.
- Food hygiene officers successfully prosecuted four food hygiene offences. We carried out 1,329 food hygiene inspections or audits, 324 surveillance visits, 47 sampling visits, 70 advice and education visits, and 363 information/intelligence visits. We also received 19 requests for our GET5 scheme, which helps food businesses obtain the best possible food hygiene rating.
- We secured four prosecutions for fly tipping, and 175 prosecutions for littering. We also introduced higher penalties for environmental crime.
- There was a particularly successful proceeds of crime case that secured £100,000 from a counterfeit goods dealer. The Council receives about a third of these proceeds and uses it toward future investigations, training and enforcement.
Improving air quality
We have made progress with our plans to improve air quality in the borough. In May 2017, the Air Quality Management Area around Chester was extended to around the ring road, and action plans for the Fluin Lane area of Frodsham and Thornton le Moors were created. In autumn 2017, we asked for residents' views on our borough-wide Low Emission strategy. The Low Emission strategy will be presented to Cabinet in September.
Residents are sorting their recycling and waste well. Fifty-eight per cent of household waste in the borough was recycled in 2017-18. This is one of the best rates in the UK. To improve this rate even more, a food waste campaign took place in late 2016 until July 2017. It was very successful with over 1,400 additional tonnes of food waste collected from the end of the campaign to 31 March 2018.
A neighbourhood plan sets out planning policies for a local area. It guides future development, regeneration and conservation. It also gives communities control over protecting places that are important to them, like green spaces. Neighbourhood plans sit alongside our Local Plan and most of them follow existing parish boundaries.
As of 31 March 2018, there were 16 neighbourhood plans completed, with a further 17 in production. We provide support throughout the creation and implementation of the plans, but a huge amount of hard work and diligence goes into these plans by community groups.
Innovative thinking brings a new Household Waste Recycling Centre to Chester
A new, modern Household Waste Recycling Centre opened in Chester on 1 April 2017. The Bumpers Lane facility was a former waste transfer centre, which was in a poor state of repair with no firm plans for redevelopment. Meanwhile, Chester was suffering from the lack of a suitable resident waste recycling centre.
The waste team identified the unused site as a potential home for the new recycling centre. It would reduce costs, and planning approval would be easier, as it was already a former waste-related site. Following negotiations with Welsh Water regarding environmental protection, a contractor was appointed in summer 2017 and work began on clearing and converting the site.
The project cost around £890,000, far less than the £3.5 to £4 million cost of developing a totally new site.
Chester Household Waste and Recycling Centre