Find out more about the changes to our bin collections. You can also check your bin day with our online calendar and if we have missed collecting your waste, you can report it online.You can also find out how to report issues to us online such as if you haven't had a calendar or a new bin/box.
Easter waste collections and opening hours
In the week beginning, 22 April, all collections will be a day later with collections usually due on Friday 26 April being carried out on Saturday 27 April. Collections return to normal in the following week. Find out more.
Elections - May 2019
Find out more about the local elections on 2 May 2019, including how to register to vote, how to apply for a postal or proxy vote and who is standing for election. You can also see a full breakdown of the results in 2015. You can also find out about the European Parliament elections on 23 May 2019.
We have planning enforcement powers that it may apply and when there is a failure to comply with planning regulations. However, these are discretionary and we are only able to do this when it can be justified according to planning policies and law, and where it is expedient for us to do so.
When might we take planning enforcement action?
The main areas where enforcement may apply are:
- Carrying out building works either without planning permission or in a way that is significantly different from what has been granted planning permission
- Failing to comply with planning conditions attached to planning permissions
- Changes of use of land or buildings either without planning permission or in a way that is significantly different from what has been granted planning permission
- Unlawful displays of advertising signs which are a hazard to public safety
- Works to trees protected by Tree Preservation Orders and hedgerows
- Works to trees in Conservation Areas
- Works on Listed Buildings
- Untidy sites (though dangerous structures are dealt with by our building control colleagues)
We do not investigate:
- Neighbour disputes
- Land boundaries or ownership disputes
- Works to party walls (see the Party Wall Act 1996 - Department of Communties and Local Government website)
If you have reported a breach of planning control, details of your issue will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
Your name and address will not be repeated to the person or organisation involved in the alleged breach or published on the Council's website.
Action we can take
The Council will always seek to resolve the issue amicably without using its formal powers. However, we can issue a formal Enforcement Notice if this is not possible.
In considering any enforcement action, the decisive issue for us is whether the breach would unacceptably affect public amenity or the existing use of land and buildings and therefore action is in the public interest.
What should I do if I get an Enforcement Notice?
You should also get your own legal advice.
It is illegal to disobey a enforcement notice unless it is successfully appealed against.