Agenda item

Business Plans 2021/2022: Progress Report (Period 1)

Report of the Executive Director of Environment.



The Committee considered a report of the Executive Director of Environment providing an update on progress made during Period 1 (April-July) against the High-Level Business Plans 2021/22 for the three service areas.


The Committee were determined to protect front line services which could not be done if they kept on being cut. A reprioritisation of spending was therefore required to maintain and improve services.


With regards to food product, a Member questioned why there was an unhappy face for imported food. Officers advised this was the result of a number of reasons as trade had jumped significantly and paperwork was not being delivered in a timely fashion. It was hoped this would improve quickly.


In response to a question concerning Trading Standards complaint numbers, Members were informed that there were many scams and covid incidents in period 1 and it was hoped this again would improve. Officers agreed to provide exact figures.


Post meeting note: For 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021, 1,607 complaints were received and for the same period in 2020 there were 1,348, an increase of 19.2%



Members enquired about enforcement activities against repeat offenders and Officers advised that they were considering what further action appropriate including injunctions and criminal behaviour orders when necessary.



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