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Cambridge City Smoke Control Areas, (SCA’s), Enforcement & Fee Policy

To approve the adoption of the Cambridge City Smoke Control Area’s Enforcement & Fee Policy

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 21/08/2023

Decision due: 5 Oct 2023 by Executive Councillor for Climate Action and Environment

Lead member: Executive Councillor for Climate Action and Environment

Department: Communities Group

Contact: Claire Adelizzi, Residential Team Manager (Environmental & Public Health) Email: claire.adelizzi@cambridge.gov.uk.

Additional Information: Requested for pre-scrutiny by Cllrs Payne & Glasberg.

Background Information: Schedule 1A of the Clean Air Act 1993 (as amended by the Environment Act 2021) states that only authorised fuels should be burnt in association with chimneys of any buildings in smoke control areas who have a smoke producing appliance, alternatively they should use a Defra approved appliance – this is known as an ‘exempt appliance’. Where smoke is emitted from a chimney in a smoke control area of which there are 3 in Cambridge City, the local authority can issue a financial penalty, ranging from £175 up to a maximum of £300 per notice, where the person responsible is found not to be following these requirements. In-line with Government guidance there is therefore a need for the Council to introduce an Enforcement and Fee Policy in relation to this setting out how the authority will enforce these requirements and introducing a financial penalty matrix.


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