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New partnership signals better protection for communities and businesses across North Wales.

The leaders of Wrexham, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Anglesey County Councils have made a firm commitment to work in collaboration with one another in delivering the Welsh Assembly Government’s National Enforcement Priorities for Public Protection. This will include pooling knowledge and expertise and implementing solutions.

Councillor David Griffiths, Lead Member for Health and Social Care at Wrexham Council said

” We fully support an approach to improve resilience and deliver effective Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Licensing services for the future, enabling the investigation of serious incidents and infectious disease outbreaks, supporting local businesses and the local economy, protecting the environment and delivering national public health campaigns”

Following the signing Councillor Neil Moore, WLGA Regulatory Spokesperson, said “The work of local authority Public Protection Services has a significant impact on local communities and contributes to the wider strategic ambitions that the Welsh Assembly Government and WLGA are striving to achieve.

“Local regulation influences everything from the general health of communities to delivering consumer protection and animal health. It protects our environment and ensures the food we eat is safe, as well as being a key contributor to reducing alcohol misuse and anti-social behaviour. Local economies and businesses are supported too, with a wide range of advice.

The Welsh Assembly Government’s National Enforcement Priorities for Wales were published in April 2010 and identify those public protection and regulatory activities which local authorities should give priority to, when planning and delivering their services:

  • Protecting individuals from harm and promoting health improvement
  • Ensuring the safety and quality of the food chain to minimise risk to human and animal health
  • Promoting a fair and just trading environment for citizens and business
  • Improving the local environment to positively influence quality of life and promote sustainability.