Statement Upheld Pollution 26-Jul-2021
Summary: Mrs D says the Council delayed investigating and failed to take enforcement action relating odour nuisance from a food outlet. The Ombudsman has found evidence of delay but no significant injustice. He has upheld the complaint and completed the investigation.
Statement Not upheld Pollution 22-Jun-2021
Summary: Mr X complains there were failings and delays in the way the Council responded to his request for assistance in resolving the possible contamination of his private drinking water supply. We have found no evidence of fault in the way the Council considered these matters and so have completed our investigation.
Statement Upheld Pollution 09-Jun-2021
Summary: Mrs X complained the Council missed refuse collections from a site it owns resulting in rats at her property. The Council was at fault for failing to investigate or respond to Mrs X's allegations about the matter. It has agreed to apologise for the avoidable frustration that caused her and contact Mrs X to see if there is still an issue with rats at her property.
Statement Upheld Pollution 16-Apr-2021
Summary: Miss X complained about how the Council handled her complaint about her neighbours burning items in their garden. She said the fumes negatively affected her family's sleep and heath. The Council was at fault for its poor communication and delays in acting on the evidence Miss X provided. The Council admits a failure in service. It has agreed to apologise, make a financial payment and provide a better service to remedy Miss X's injustice.
Statement Upheld Pollution 11-Mar-2021
Summary: The evidence does not show noise and pollution suffered by the complainant has come about because of fault by the Council, and so we cannot uphold this complaint. We also cannot make findings on his complaint about unsafe working practices, or damage to his property. However, the Council should have made more effort to communicate with residents, and this has caused the complainant an injustice which the Council has agreed to remedy.
Statement Not upheld Pollution 02-Mar-2021
Summary: Mr X complained the Council failed to properly investigate complaints about statutory noise and pollution nuisance from his neighbour since 2009. Mr X says this caused he and his family physical and mental stress due to noise from machinery and inhalation of smoke from large fires. The Ombudsman does not find fault with the Council's actions.
Statement Not upheld Pollution 02-Mar-2021
Summary: There was no fault by the Council in a complaint that alleged the Council failed to take enforcement action against light pollution from a football stadium.
Statement Upheld Pollution 15-Feb-2021
Summary: Mr and Mrs C complained the Council failed to properly respond and take appropriate action in response to their reports of nuisance from dust from the use of a neighbouring area of land as an overflow car park. Mr and Mrs C explained they could not enjoy their garden or open their windows and their property and car were regularly covered in dust. We have found fault by the Council in not investigating whether a statutory nuisance was being caused. We consider the agreed actions of an apology and an assurance about how future reports will be treated is enough to provide a suitable remedy.
Statement Not upheld Pollution 05-Feb-2021
Summary: Mr Y complains about the way the Council responded to his reports of asbestos in a local holiday cottage. In our view, and based on the information available, we find the Council acted quickly and in line with its enforcement policy and Health and Safety Executive guidance to assess the reported risk. It reached a conclusion which Mr Y disagreed with, but the Ombudsman has no grounds to challenge the merits of that decision.
Statement Not upheld Pollution 28-Jan-2021
Summary: There was no fault by the Council in how it investigated reports of statutory nuisance, antisocial behaviour, and planning use on a site next to Mrs B's home. There was no fault in the Council's decision to restrict its service to not investigate recurring reports of these. It has continued to monitor the site and regularly reviews whether the restriction should stay in place.