FOI request (FOI218438)
Fence and movement sensor flood lights
Requested Fri 04 August 2017
Responded Fri 04 August 2017
Fence 1. If you get enquiries or complaints about what to do about fences and walls between residential properties located in back gardens, where one resident believes a fence or wall belonging to the neighbouring resident is danger to health and safety, does the council have a policy for inspecting the fence or wall? 2. Could you supply me a copy of the policy for inspecting the fence or wall? 3. How many complaints or enquiries have you received in last 5 years about fences or walls between residential properties? 4. Which department gets involved in these residential fence and wall matters? 5. Is there a particular law the policy is under? Movement sensor lights 6. If you get enquiries or complaints about what to do about movement sensor flood light being installed in back gardens of residential properties gardens which triggers when a different neighbour on other side goes to their garden to hang their clothes or do gardening or to sit in the garden, does the council have a policy to prevent this trespass by sensor, nuisance by flood light illuminating which stops them from enjoying the garden? 7. Could you supply me a copy of the policy? 8. How many complaints or enquiries have you received in last 5 years about movement sensor flood lights in residential properties? 9. Which department gets involved in these residential fence and wall matters? 10. Is there a particular law the policy is under?
ResponseEnvironmental Health1 - Fence: The Environmental Health (EH) team has no enforcement responsibilities in relation to dangerous fences/walls and therefore holds no information in relation to this part of the request. Building Control is responsible for such dangerous structures.
2 - The EH Team are responsible for investigating statutory nuisances including light pollution from movement sensor lights. There is no specific policy but information is available on the councils website and if affected by light pollution the resident can raise a complaint which the EH Team will investigate under section 79/80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The EH Team has investigated 8 complaints in relation to security/sensor lights.
Building Control should investigate Health & Safety aspects please contact them direct by email: email@example.com
1 Dangerous structures are a matter for Building Control 2 Information not held 3 2013 - 2017 34 complaints re fences, 10 re walls 4 Building Control/Planning Department 5 Building Act, Town and Country Planning Act and supporting legislation 6 Information not held 7 n/a 8 Please see above response from Environmental Health 9 Building Control/Environmental Health/Planning 10 Building Act, Town and Country Planning Act, Environmental Protection Act and supporting legislation.
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