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Pollution control

During the COVID-19 emergency Walsall Council is working hard to maintain key front line public services and, like many other businesses and service providers, we are facing challenges with self-isolation, government restrictions and impact on our staff.


Continuing to protect public health and the environment through enforcement of legislation and the provision of advice and information remains important to the Council.


In view of Public Health England guidance on social distancing, we are keeping site visits to an absolute minimum and face-to-face meetings have been suspended unless major incidents or other essential works make these necessary. Nevertheless, we are maintaining our commitment to respond to requests and enquiries within 7 working days where at all practicable.


Planning consultations are continuing to be processed and we remain able to provide telephone or email advice to developers, agents and professionals acting on their behalf.


Environmental Permits are continuing to be administered however installation inspections by pollution control officers to assess compliance are restricted but existing IPPC A2 and Part B permits remain valid unless notified.  


Finally, environmental regulation of industry with respect to air pollution, ground contamination, noise and vibration is ongoing although there is a recognition that the current circumstances mean that some situations are not representative of the norm so response will be tailored accordingly. 


If you would like to discuss a concern with a member of the Team please call our Contact Centre on 01922 650000. Our friendly agents will be happy to assist you. If they are unable to do so they will pass your details onto the Pollution Control team who will contact you within 7 working days.  Alternatively, e-mail and one of our officers will contact you.


The main function of Pollution Control involves the following:


Processing of Environmental Permits for IPPC A2 and Part B installations and regulation of specified industries.


Environmental regulation of industry in general – air pollution, ground contamination, noise, vibration


Complaint responses regarding environmental incidents, pollution, emergencies e.g. where serious issues arise or there are significant environmental impacts


Major incident responses


Pollution Control provides a specialist range of monitoring, investigation and enforcement services covering:


Review and assessment of air quality

Identification and regulation of contaminated land

Routine monitoring of landfill gas at closed council landfill sites

Noise and vibration measurements and analyses

Regulation of industrial processes

Investigation of complaints concerning industry

Provision of advice and technical support for Regeneration and Development Control processes.

Provision of environmental data and information*

          *Information requests relating to property sales, valuations and environmental assessments may incur a charge.


What can I expect from the Pollution Control Service?


Following a request for service we will aim to respond within seven working days of the original enquiry.


Quotations for provision of environmental information will be available within five working days of receipt of a written request


To enable us to respond quickly please provide as much information as possible regarding your enquiry.  Include your name and address and a contact telephone number wherever possible. Give full details and circumstances of your enquiry and any information or documentation already in your possession.


What are your customer care values?

We will handle your request promptly
We will maintain high accessibility and availability of service
We will provide an effective service that meets your needs
We will be fair and courteous regardless of your ethnicity, disability, gender, age, religious belief or sexuality
We will be helpful and strive to go the extra mile to meet and/or exceed your expectations
We will provide all the information you require to satisfy your needs
We will ensure that our people are professional, well trained and knowledgeable
We will ensure that your request is owned by the first person you contact
We will fully protect your privacy and information about you will be treated as confidential
We will strive to deliver what you need but be clear about the extent of the service which we can provide.
Contact us
Pollution Control
Highways & Transportation
Walsall Council
Zone 2K 2nd floor, Civic Centre
Darwall Street
You can use our online contact form for general enquiries, compliments and complaints.