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Pollution & Public Health

Promoting the well being of Craven's Communities, Environmental Protection deals with a range of local environmental and public health issues in Craven, responding to complaints, providing advice and carrying out monitoring.

  • Contaminated land

    Craven District Council has a duty to identify contaminated land sites within the district and act as an enforcing authority for contaminated land.

  • Pest Control

    Craven District Council are no longer able to offer a pest control service for its residents and businesses. If you have a problem with pests, insects, rats or mice that you cannot deal with, you should contact a professional pest control contractor who will be able to carry out the necessary treatment.

  • Public health funerals

    If somebody dies and it appears that no suitable arrangements have been made then Craven District Council has a responsibility to make sure that a person receives a proper burial or cremation.

  • Septic tank and cesspit emptying

    Septic Tanks and Cesspools can be effective ways of dealing with foul drainage provided they are managed correctly.

  • Light Pollution

    Light Pollution is the intrusion of over bright or poorly directed lights onto neighbouring properties , e.g. an incorrectly positioned security light shining into a bedroom window.

  • Air pollution

    The Environmental Health team deal with a range of local air pollution issues.

  • Dust and Odour

    Dust and Odour may constitute a statutory nuisance if it "interferes materially with the well being of the residents, i.e. affects their well being, even though it may not be prejudicial to health".

  • Scrap metal site registration

    Craven District Council has a duty to licence Scrap Metal Dealers under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964.

  • Drainage - help and advice

    The law regarding responsibility for drains and sewers changed on the 1st October 2011. From this date the Government transferred the majority of drainage pipes that are either outside a property's boundary or are shared with other buildings to the sewage/water companies.

  • Radon Gas

    Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally. It has no taste, smell or colour; in fact, special devices are needed to detect it. Radon is everywhere, usually at levels that pose negligible risk.

  • Noise pollution

    The Council has a legal duty to investigate complaints of Statutory Nuisance caused by excessive noise.

  • Filthy and Verminous Premises

    Environmental Health have a statutory duty to deal with filthy and/or verminous premises, under section 79 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and section 83 of the Public Health Act 1936.