Ceredigion County Council is responsible for administering and enforcing a range of regulatory legislative requirements ranging from Animal Health and Licensing to Food Safety and Education Inclusion.

Whilst certain service areas have had their own Enforcement Policy for several years, this is the first attempt at designing a high level overarching policy framework that can be referred to by a range of officers within the Authority. The decision to take (or not take) enforcement action is not taken lightly as it may have implications for all involved. It is therefore important that there is a policy in place to guide officers to ensure a consistent approach when using the range of enforcement tools available to them.

Importantly, the Council believes that most businesses and individuals want to comply with the law. Help and support will be provided to enable them to meet their legal obligations without unnecessary expense, while firm action will be taken against those who have no or little regard for the law or act irresponsibly.

As a Council that prides itself on transparency and consistency we welcome constructive comments, particularly from those that might be impacted by this policy, in relation to any aspect of its content.

We would also like to know whether:

  • you think the policy is about right?
  • you think any additions should be made to the policy? If so, what?
  • you think any aspects of the policy should be removed?
  • you have any additional comments that you would like to see taken into consideration?

Your comments will be carefully considered prior to the final draft being adopted by Cabinet.

The Council, therefore, welcomes representations from interested parties prior to the policy being reported to its Cabinet on 10th July 2018. Comments should be sent in writing to David Lloyd Roberts, Consumer Services Manager, Policy and Performance, Care, Protection & Lifestyle, Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron SA46 0PA. Alternatively, interested parties may e-mail any representations to tradingstandards@ceredigion.gov.uk no later than Friday, 22nd June 2018.