Dampness: This can be as a result of condensation, rising dampness, rainwater penetration or even dampness caused by defective plumbing.
Odours: The most common causes of unpleasant smells are drainage defects, causing sewage to gather under house floors or in common areas. Advice and assistance can be given where required.
Drainage: Defective drainage within the boundary of private property can be investigated by the team. All drainage problems which occur in the main sewerage system in the street are the responsibility of Scottish Water.
Leaks: Water ingress into houses can be caused by a variety of drainage, water supply and structural problems. The Public Health team can investigate the cause of the leaks, and, in certain circumstances, enforce remedial action.
Mutual Property Repairs: As a householder, it may be that an issue you have concerns about is solely your own responsibility, but it may be that, for example in flatted accommodation, there are third parties involved. In such circumstances it remains the owner's responsibility to effect the necessary repairs. Depending upon the situation, it may be the case that the Council will serve notice on the various owners requiring them to deal with a particular problem.
Lead in Drinking Water: Testing can be undertaken to determine the level of lead in household water supplies. In Scotland, lead does not occur naturally in significant concentrations in our water supplies. The problem arises when drinking water comes into contact with lead supply pipes, lead tanks, lead solder joints on copper pipes, or inferior quality brass fittings and taps, particularly for longer periods (e.g. overnight/ weekends / holidays periods). This can result in high lead levels in the drinking water supply. Information on the health effects of exposure to lead can be found on the NHS Inform website. https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poiso...
Insect Infestation: In certain circumstances insects emanating from premises may constitute a Statutory Nuisance. Officers can investigate to ascertain if formal action can be taken
Light Nuisance: The Council have powers to deal with light nuisance which can arise from poorly positioned lighting that impacts directly with neighbouring properties. Most commonly for example, a security light shining directly into a neighbouring bedroom. The legislation is not intended to deal with light pollution resulting from "sky glow". Further information can be found in the Environmental Protection UK leaflet on 'Light Pollution" (230KB PDF).