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Pollution, Noise & Nuisance

The Environmental Protection Team may be able you help you if you are badly affected by pollution, noise or nuisance


 

What we can help with:

  • Air Quality and Pollution
  • Smoke Nuisance and Dark Smoke - from bonfires or chimneys
  • Light Pollution - from security or decorative lights
  • Odour Pollution - piles of manure, extract units, manure spreading
  • Pests - associated with a commercial property
  • Rubbish/Refuse - causing smells, flies, rats etc (associated with a commercial property)
  • Dust - DIY, industrial processes

 

What we don't deal with:

  • Transport Noise (road, rail and aircraft noise)

Although, we may be able to give you informal advice

  • Land/gardens which are untidy, unsightly or overgrown

Contact our Planning Enforcement Team on 0300 303 8588

  • Fly Tipping

Contact our Neighbourhood Services team on 0300 303 8588

  • Abandoned Vehicles

Contact our Neighbourhood Services team on 0300 303 8588

  • Drainage  (foul sewers and surface water pipes)

Contact Wessex Water on 0345 600 4600

  • Drainage (watercourses, land drainage pipes & pollution

Contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506

  • Rubbish/Refuse in a public area

Contact Somerset Waste Partnership on 01823 625700

  • Housing Public Health issues (including pests and accumulations)

Contact our Housing Team on 0300 303 8588

 

  • The Environmental Protection Team works closely with the Community Safety Officer for issues relating to Anti Social Behaviour 

 


How do I make a complaint?

In order to make a complaint we will need to know:

  • Your name and address and a telephone number
  • Email (if you have one)
  • The address (or site) where the problem is coming from
  • The type of problem
  • When and for how long the problem is or has been occuring
  • How the problem is affecting you (e.g. disturbing sleep, or closing windows)
  • Anything you have tried to help sort out the problem (e.g. speaking to your neighbour)

What we can do

  1. We will discuss the problem with you and agree the next step. At this stage advice and a chat may be enough, then we will close your case but keep the computer record.
  2. Normally the next step is to send a letter to the party you have made the comlaint about. We will advise them a complaint has been made and at the same time we will send you log sheets to fill in to show when the problem occurs and, very importantly how it affects you. This often sorts the problem out and we hear no more and close the file.
  3. Once we receive your sheets we will review them and a qualified and experienced officer will decide on the next steps. Sometimes it is clear that we cannot take any more action and you will be informed of that and you may be given information on how to take your own private action.
  4. If the evidence suggests that we can investigate further, we may visit you or, in the case of noise, leaving a recording sound level meter for you to record the noise. If the problem persists and our officers observations indicate the likelihood of a problem severe enough for formal action a legal notice may be served to assist in achieving a remedy. Ultimately, and in a very few cases we may obtain a warrant to seize stereos etc. or prosecute the person responsible. We will endeavour to keep you informed throughout the process to ensure that you have a good understanding of how our investigation is proceeding.

How to contact us

You can contact us on any of the below methods or by completing the form at the bottom of this page:

Telephone: 0300 303 8588

Email: env-health@mendip.gov.uk

Post: Environmental Health, Mendip District Council, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT

 


Last modified: 16 November 2017