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.

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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%.

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Your stories


People breaking planning rules is having a huge effect on my community - and there are no consequences for those who do it.


"On March 2, 2017 I was cycling home from work when I hit a pothole. The hole measured four inches in depth and was over a foot long."


In September 2016, 1,000 tonnes of waste at a farm in Rugeley caught fire. Smoke travelled for four miles. It smouldered for 18 months.


"My friend Mark and I were meeting, as we often do, for a Friday night beer when the subject of potholes came up. Mark is a car and scooter user and I’m a cyclist."


As with many 20th century shop rows, Greenhill Parade in New Barnet is served by an unadopted lane, which runs behind the shops.


The Flint Bridge Plantation is part of Brocket Park, a private park criss-crossed by public rights of way. The fly tipping is a result of an opening through the boundary, screened from the road, that is wide enough to admit a lorry or large van.

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