Environmental Health Officers act as a first point of contact for a range of public environmental health enquiries, and will take legal action when necessary. Are you concerned about hazardous substances, noisy neighbours or chimney smoke affecting your health? Have you noticed an increase in Rubbish dumping in your area? These topics and more are covered here, please click on the links for more information.”
Meningitis: Meningococcal disease can affect anyone, but babies, young children, teenagers and young adults are at greatest risk: Meningitis Is Serious
Hazardous substances in your home: Older homes are likely to contain asbestos and lead based paints, and as such extreme care needs to be taken when undertaking renovations. If you are concerned about asbestos or lead based paints in your home please take the time to read the publications on this website: http://www.cph.co.nz/About-Us/Environmental-Issues/Hazardous-Substances.asp
Litter: This recent media article appeared in Council’s Bulletin and discusses Ashburton’s litter problem:"Litter"
Noise: Hundreds of noise complaints are received by the Council every year. Everyone is responsible for the noise they make. If you are planning a party or have had issues with noise in your neighbourhood please read this information.
Chimney Smoke: Wood burners and open fires are a popular form of domestic heating during the winter months, However, chimneys that are producing a lot of smoke are a sign that the wood burner or fire is not being used correctly, please read the following information on Chimney Smoke if you have a wood burner or open fire in your home.
Energy Efficiency and Recycling: You can make a difference to climate change! Please read this Energy Efficiency & Recycling information to find out how you can help save money and save the environment.
Freedom camping: As summer approaches many New Zealanders and tourists are preparing for a camping trip. As in all parts of New Zealand, in the Ashburton District there is designated freedom camping areas, as well as areas where camping is prohibited. The following information sheet provides practical information on freedom camping and outdoor cooking to help you prepare for your next camping holiday. If freedom camping is not well managed the beautiful places everyone loves to visit will become spoiled and polluted. SO lets all work together to ensure these areas are protected.