The joint public protection committee has agreed its key priorities for 2018/19 at its meeting earlier this month (19 March).
The priorities for the delivery of environmental health, trading standards and licensing across Wokingham Borough, Bracknell Forest and West Berkshire, were developed following analysis of demands on services as well as local, regional, and national priorities. The report also identified a number of cross-cutting issues: e-crime, serious and organised crime, supporting vulnerable persons, and modern slavery.
Each of the priorities will be tackled over the year with preventative actions, intelligence gathering, and where appropriate, enforcement action. There will also be an emphasis on partnership working with key agencies as well as schools, services, and the wider community.
The partnership will continue to respond to the other service requests and enquiries and deliver key important functions such as licensing, animal health and welfare and local issues such as weight restriction and fly-tipping enforcement.
Steve Loudoun, chairman of the joint public protection committee, said, “This was a comprehensive piece of work demonstrating the breadth and importance of the public protection service. The joined-up service allows us to build up additional areas of expertise as well as meet the local need. We look forward to working with the community over the next twelve months as we deliver our priorities to inform and protect the whole community”.