The Public Health Group is located within Environmental Health. The group provides services in relation to:
Officers from Public Health will generally visit in response to a service request or complaint and may use statutory powers to bring about environmental improvements.
Public Health also feeds into the Environmental Task Force, which is an initiative to combat fly-tipping, litter and the illegal dumping of trade waste across the city. The aim is to improve the environment for all who live and work in the city. The campaign involves enforcement action and clean-up operations.
Proactive work is also carried out in an attempt to reduce the extent of environmental issues in the city.
Statutory Notices, Fixed Penalty Notices and engaging directly with people to provide advice and guidance are amongst the methods used to help combat the problems and clean-up the city.
We have a duty to investigate potential statutory nuisances and serve a notice on anyone causing a statutory nuisance. Officers from Public Health require to witness the existence of a statutory nuisance and may have to visit you at home in order to do this.
These complaints are investigated under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Environmental health can deal with nuisances such as:
Officers have the power to enter premises to carry out investigations. Where nuisance conditions are witnessed by officers they shall issue a statutory notice on the person(s) responsible to require the removal of the nuisance within a specified timescale.
Failure to comply with a notice may result in work being carried out in default by the Council and the costs recovered; serving a £150 (domestic)/ £400 (commercial) fixed penalty notice; or referring the matter to the Procurator Fiscal.
Many complaints are received by the Public Health Group regarding the improper disposal of household waste and bulk items such as beds, fridges, furniture, and house fittings dumped in the streets, back courts and lanes.
Unacceptable disposal of domestic waste in back courts, gardens or privately owned land may result in a Statutory Notice being issued to the owners of the property. Non-compliance with this notice may result in the local authority instructing the works to have the waste removed, and then recovering the costs from the owners of the property along with an additional admin charge.
Public Health officers will search through bags of domestic waste which have been illegally dumped in the street and issue a £80 fixed penalty fine in cases where the waste can be traced to a particular person or address.
Public Health staff will investigate cases of fly-tipping in order to identify those responsible to control this unacceptable behaviour. Fixed penalty notices of £200 may be issued for illegally dumping rubbish, i.e. fly-tipping. Major offenders may also be referred to the Procurator Fiscal.
Officers will investigate complaints of dog fouling in communal back courts. It is an offence under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 to fail to clean up after your dog.