TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Report Environmental Compliance Audit of Local Authorities

Charnwood Borough Council did not have the information requested.

Dear Charnwood Borough Council,
This request relates to UK Environmental Legislation, specifically TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Reporting, which is mandatory for air-conditioned buildings. You as a Local Authority are duty bound to actively manage compliance in your Borough and to issue notices/fine non-compliant organisations.

Q. Have you set up a Trading Standards Officer to implement an active TM44 compliance programme. Provide that person’s name and details.
Q. If you have not set up your compliance programme, when do you expect to do so, and who is in charge of the process?
Q. What specific actions have you undertaken to check on all building operators with air conditioning in your Borough?
Q. How do you notify affected organisations, and how much notice do you give them before issuing a fine?
Q. The Government Non-Domestic EPC Register contains all records of existing TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Reports, with expiry dates. Buildings not shown on the Register are non-compliant. Do you make use of the Register?
Q. The fine is £300.00 per building for non-compliance, do you reinvest fines and allocate to the Department issuing notices?

Yours faithfully,

Scott Davies

foi@charnwood.gov.uk, Charnwood Borough Council

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Yours sincerely
Megan Bilton
Data Protection and Information Security Officer
Charnwood Borough Council
e-mail [Charnwood Borough Council request email]
Tel 01509 634711

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foi@charnwood.gov.uk, Charnwood Borough Council

Dear Mr Davies,

Further to your request for information, I can confirm Leicestershire County Council provides the Trading Standards function in Charnwood, and we are therefore unable to provide the requested information. If you would like me to transfer your request to the County Council please let me know.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. I have outlined our Freedom of Information Complaints Procedure below should you need to make use of it.
Yours sincerely,

Megan Bilton
Data Protection and Information Security Officer
Charnwood Borough Council
[Charnwood Borough Council request email]
01509 634711

Charnwood Borough Council Freedom of Information and Environmental Information complaints procedure

Informal Complaints Procedure
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Write to: Customer Experience Manager
Charnwood Borough Council
Southfield Road
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 2TU
Telephone: 01509 634596
E-mail: [Charnwood Borough Council request email]

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