Enforcement teams reorganised to respond to residents' concerns

Published 7th November 2018

Sandwell Council is set to refocus the action of its special enforcement teams to deal with the growing problems facing local people – including fly-tipping, illegal encampments and the increasing problems of illegal sales of alcohol and tobacco.

The council’s Regulatory Services bosses have drawn-up a plan for the teams to provide a rapid and efficient reaction to problems which threaten the safety of the borough’s residents and cause harm to the environment.

They say that the new teams will provide a more effective service, using local intelligence, to provide a rapid response to the risks people may be facing in the community.

Councillor Elaine Costigan, cabinet member for health and public protection, said: “The council is facing a huge increase in calls for assistance from the public on a wide  range of concerns.

“We now need to be more mobile and responsive in our actions to deal with unauthorised encampments, criminal landlords, illegal sales of alcohol and tobacco and of course the ever-increasing problems of fly tipping.

"People living and working in the borough need to feel assured that the council is doing everything in its power to keep them safe."

Councillor Costigan said that new teams would be looking at three key areas - Licensing, Environmental Protection and Enforcement, and Citizen and Consumer Protection, all focusing on how to protect people within the borough as they go about their daily lives.

"There is an ever-increasing demand for our services and the teams will have a constant day-to-day presence across the six towns to investigate and response to concerns raised by residents," she said.

“That will lead to the council being able to respond to low level crime and disorder in a more co-ordinated and effective way,” she added.