Pollution Control covers the following services:
On this page:
- Penalty/Abatement notices
- Construction Information
- Public Consultation
- Requesting environmental information
- Contact us
Part 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires us to take reasonable steps to investigate and, if appropriate, to take formal action in the event of justified complaints of statutory nuisance.
A Statutory Nuisance in this context can include emissions of smoke, fumes or gases, dust, steam and smell. The emissions must arise from premises and must materially affect the use or enjoyment of other premises.
Typical of complaints of this type are smoke and ash from garden bonfires, smoking chimneys, dust from building and demolition activity and cooking smells from restaurants. The legislation does not allow us to deal with complaints of smells arising from domestic premises.
If satisfied that a complaint of statutory nuisance is justified, an Abatement/Penalty Notice will be served upon the person responsible, occupier or owner of the premises (as appropriate) requiring that the nuisance be abated. Failure to comply with an Abatement/Penalty Notice is an offence and legal proceedings may result. If found guilty of an offence of this type then the maximum fine is £5,000 on domestic premises and £20,000 on commercial premises.
Demolition and Construction sites produce dust as a result of the work being undertaken, which impacts on local air quality. In order to help developers and local authorities manage dust emissions from such sites, the GLA have produced Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) ‘Control of Dust and Emissions during Construction and Demolition. Further details, including the guidance document are available: Mayor of London - London Assembly (external link)
From 1 September 2015 Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) of net power between 37kW and 560kW used on any major demolition and construction site in Haringey must meet Stage IIIA of the EU Directive 97/68/EC and its subsequent amendments as a minimum. This will apply to both variable and constant speed engines for both NOx and PM. These standards are based upon engine emissions standards and all qualifying plant and machinery to be used on any major site must be registered. Further detail and information, including registration information is available at: Mayor of London - NRMM (external link)
Visit our noise control page for information regarding noise from a demolition / construction site.
You have the right to access various pieces of information about the environment, ranging from levels of air pollution in the borough to the council’s environmental policies.
You can find information via:
- these webpages
- the contaminated land register – which lists all the sites of contaminated land in the borough
- the pollution control register – which lists the polluting processes in Haringey
If you’re looking for something else you can make an environment information request:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 020 8489 1335
The information itself is free, although you may be asked to cover the costs of copying and postage. If there is a charge you will be told first.
Refusing a request
A request can be refused if:
- information is not held
- the request is obviously unreasonable
- the request is too general
- the request is for unfinished documents or data
- the request is for internal communications
If your request is refused we will give you advice on what to do next.
Requests may also be refused in order to protect the following, subject to the public interest test:
- confidentiality of proceedings
- international relations / public security/ defence
- the course of justice and right to fair trial
- commercial confidentiality
- intellectual property rights
- personal / voluntary data
- environmental protection
Where else can I search for environmental information?
For more information visit the websites in the external links section below.
Commercial Environmental Health
Level 1 - River Park House
225 High Road
Tel 020 8489 1335
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