Air Quality Open or Close
We monitor air quality levels to ensure that the people, animals and property of the District stay safe and healthy.
Air pollution happens when harmful substances are allowed into the air. The main pollutant affecting our air is nitrogen dioxide, but problems can also be caused by increased levels of carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, lead, ground level ozone, small particles and cancer causing chemicals like benzene.
We operate a monitoring programme for atmospheric pollutants using a network of equipment, and take action to make sure that problems are dealt with swiftly. You can view Smoke Control Zones in the District by using the Find My.. mapping tool on this page.
Where appropriate, developers have to consider the impact of their proposed development on air quality. If necessary developers may have to appoint a consultant to undertake an Air Quality Assessment to look at the potential impact the development would have on existing air quality.
Contaminated Land Open or Close
Industrial activity throughout the UK has left us with the legacy of old derelict sites, many with problems of residual contamination. Some of these sites are potentially hazardous to human health, watercourses or other such sensitive receptors.
In the past it has been difficult to force the clean-up of such sites. However, legislation formed under Part IIa of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 was introduced in April 2000 to facilitate the identification and remediation of such sites. As part of this legislation, Local Authorities were given the responsibility of developing a strategy for inspecting their areas and identifying potentially harmful sites.
Together with most other Local Authorities, we have published our Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy (438kb) and we inspect and prioritise potentially contaminated sites within the District at the Planning Application stage.
This involves the use of historical records and maps to identify locations where potentially polluting activities once took place. There is a legal definition of contaminated land and the purpose of this inspection process is to identify sites that need to be classified as contaminated.
A guide to Submitting Applications For Land That May Be Contaminated (1.7MB) has been produced by the Derbyshire Contaminated Land Sub-Group. The Environment Agency have useful information on contaminated land.
Cooling Towers Open or Close
All premises which have cooling towers and evaporative condensers must register with us under The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992.
This is to help us identify potential areas that could give rise to spread of infectious diseases, such as Legionnaire's Disease, and to ensure measures are taken to eliminate the risk of infection.
A Cooling Tower is a type of cooling equipment, often used in manufacturing, that uses water as part of the cooling process. The warm humid conditions can be an ideal breeding ground for micro-organisms such as the Legionella bacteria, which causes Legionnaire's disease.
Here is the current register of cooling towers (33kb) within our district.
Food Open or Close
If you are operating a food business you will need to register your food business with us. This must be done so we can carry out a food inspection.
All food businesses are subject to routine food hygiene inspections from our officers; visits to premises are usually carried out without prior notice. The frequency of inspections is decided by a risk analysis, so that those premises that present the greatest risk are inspected most frequently.
During an inspection, officers will want to ensure that potential food safety risks have been identified by the business, and that there are adequate controls in place to prevent any future problems. The officers will inspect records and may take photographs and samples. They will make sure that managers and food handlers are properly trained and will check that the condition of the premises and equipment is satisfactory.
Where conditions are not satisfactory, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation, but where poor conditions exist or where there is a risk to public health it may be necessary to resort to formal action. General information on food hygiene and safety can be found on the Food Standards Agency website.
Health & Safety Open or Close
We undertake a wide range of duties designed to protect the health safety and welfare of people at work and those that visit places of work within our area.
This involves enforcing legal standards in a variety of workplaces such as shops, offices, leisure centres, hotels, warehouses and residential homes.
Our main areas of activity are:
- Inspecting workplaces
- Investigating accidents
- Responding to workplace complaints
- Giving health and safety advice to local business
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deals with higher risk businesses such as factories, mines, quarries and farms. East Midlands Chamber offer free health and safety advice as part of a project to help businesses in the region cope with regulations. The HSE have also launched a new Beware Asbestos website with information to help businesses be more aware.
Pest Control Open or Close
We provide advice and treatment services covering a range of domestic pests such as rats, mice, fleas and wasps. This service is for domestic premises only and adheres to our Pest Control Policy (194kb). No treatment in commercial premises will be undertaken.
The pest control service will be provided within the boundary of domestic premises only for the eradication of:
Treatment Timescale for appointment Charge
Rats inside your property
1 working day No charge Rats outside your property 5 working days No charge Bed Bugs 5 working days Standard Fee £46.23
Out of Hours Fee £60.45
Cockroaches inside your property 5 working days Standard Fee £46.23
Out of Hours Fee £60.45
Fleas inside your property 5 working days Standard Fee £46.23
Out of Hours Fee £60.45
Mice inside your property 5 working days No charge Wasps 5 working days £46.23 Advice and Guidance 2 working days No charge
If you need to pay for a treatment you can do so by debit card over the phone whilst you make an appointment for your treatment. Out of hours service is only available in emergency circumstances and is at the discretion of the Joint Assistant Director of Environmental Health. Every person requesting the service will be charged including Council tenants, private tenants, owner occupiers and landlords.
All local authorities have a legal duty to the conservation of biodiversity when exercising their functions. As a consequence, we do not provide a service for the destruction of any species of bees, unless in exceptional circumstances for more information about bees click here.
Honey Bees - click here to visit the British Beek Keeper Associatioin website, put in your postcode to generate a list of bee keepers in the area that will collect the bees. This should be done free of charge.
Waste Open or Close
If you operate a business you are liable for a charge for the collection and disposal of your trade waste. We are able to offer you competitive rates for the collection and disposal of your waste. We can supply either bags or large wheeled bins (up to 1100 litre) in any combination to suit the needs of your business.
Charges are payable half yearly in advance upon receipt of invoice.
Commercial Waste Charges - 1st October 2016 to 31st March 2017
Domestic Bin: 240 Litre - £33.65
Bin Sizes Charges (plus VAT) Refuse/Clinical Sack £5.14 (week) £133.64 (6 months) £267.28 (12 months) 240 Litre (standard domestic) £5.77 (week) £150.02 (6 months) £300.04 (12 months) 360 Litre £7.04 (week) £183.04 (6 months) £366.08 (12 months) 500 Litre £9.49 (week) £246.74 (6 months) £493.48 (12 months) 660 Litre £11.02 (week) £286.52 (6 months) £573.04 (12 months) 1100 Litre £15.37 (week) £399.62 (6 months) £799.24 (12 months)
* Existing customers only
Other Commercial Waste Services
Schools Waste Charges - 1st October 2016 to 31st March 2017
Trade Bulky Collections (priced on assessment) - Minimum £115.00 (plus VAT)
Commercial Skip Service - £346.73 per empty (plus VAT)
Private House Clearances (priced on assessment) - Minimum £115.00 (plus VAT)
Bin Sizes Charges (plus VAT) Refuse/Clinical Sack £3.92 (week) £101.92 (6 months) £203.84 (12 months) 240 Litre (standard domestic) £4.14 (week) £107.64 (6 months) £215.28 (12 months) 350 Litre £4.37 (week) £113.62 (6 months) £227.24 (12 months) 500 Litre £5.06 (week) £131.56 (6 months) £263.12 (12 months) 660 Litre £5.30 (week) £137.80 (6 months) £275.60 (12 months) *750 Litre £5.52 (week) £143.52 (6 months) £287.04 (12 months) 1100 Litre £6.67 (week) £173.42 (6 months) £346.84 (12 months) Skip per empty £101.50
* No Longer Available