Strong rules protect the local spaces we love
City, town or village – many of us love where we live. But it doesn’t take much to drag an area down. Fly-tipping, potholes in the road or litter strewn along the verge can all have a huge effect on quality of life.
We need strong protections to stop our streets being ruined for everyone by the few people who just don’t care. But Local Authorities, responsible for controlling local nuisances, have been some of the worst casualties of funding cuts in recent years. As a result, they are able to do less and less to keep our communities functioning well.
Join our campaign and help us make the case for giving Local Authorities the resources they need to protect the local places we love.
Local authorities are struggling to enforce the rules that keep our local spaces thriving
Local Authority Environmental Health Officers help to control local nuisances like fly tipping, pests, noise and pollution. Local Authority housing enforcement officers make sure rental properties are safe and decent, and help to tackle rogue landlords. The Environment Agency holds responsibility for major waste offences. Keeping our roads in good order is the job of local highway authorities and Highways England.
But after years of cuts, Local Authorities are struggling to enforce the rules that keep our communities thriving.
Local spend on road maintenance has fallen by 29% in the last nine years.
Spend on waste collection by English Local Authorities has fallen by 35%.
Local Environmental Health enforcement visits have fallen by 49%.