Decision details

Integrated Enforcement Overview and Scrutiny Review

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the recommendations from the review into Integrated Enforcement. The review will explore alternative service delivery models for enforcement which can consistently and effectively improve enforcement services in Bracknell Forest, but also be flexible enough to respond to emerging concerns.


That the Environment and Communities Overview & Scrutiny Panel’s recommendations:


1.         To introduce the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) as a new standard from January 2023: 


           To provide appropriate officers with training, ensuring they become accredited.? 

           To encourage other appropriate officers to participate in becoming accredited where practical and where resource is available.


2.         To introduce an allocation process where a team or officer is assigned as the lead for the duration of an enforcement case by November 2022.


3.         To develop enforcement strategies encouraging greater collaboration across services and with partners, this being an ongoing process but with an update on its progress in 12 months’ time, recognising that progress may be impacted by the outcomes of the Panel’s upcoming review of the Council’s enforcement strategies.


4.         To run regular educational and awareness campaigns on enforcement policies and activities for residents, including information campaigns on the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme as it is introduced, with good enforcement being publicised and celebrated, particularly when it involves a joint working approach.


be accepted.

Reasons for the decision:

The Overview and Scrutiny Commission has endorsed the review recommendations, taking into account the review report and the views of the Statutory Scrutiny Officer.

Alternative options considered:

To agree the recommendations in part, to ask for further work to be undertaken or simply to note the Panel report.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: The review seeks to engage and influence those responsible for enforcement and explore potential avenues of different levels of integration. Any financial implications for Bracknell Forest Council arising from the recommendations will either be a) confirmed as remaining within existing approved budgets, b) fully costed or c) identified as requiring a feasibility study to be completed.

Declarations: None.

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No.

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director: Delivery

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Mapping exercise; desk top analysis, interviews, evidence gathering sessions.


- Carrying out a mapping exercise to establish which officers in the Council currently have enforcement responsibilities, for example car park enforcement, licensing, environmental health, community safety, Planning Enforcement,
- Interviewing good practice within other local authorities,
- Interviewing representatives from various departments within the Council, the Parish and Town Councils and Thames Valley Police.
- Overview and Scrutiny Commission will review report

Contact: Joey Gurney, Governance and Scrutiny Officer Email:

Report author: Joey Gurney

Publication date: 29/09/2022

Date of decision: 29/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 29/09/2022 - Executive

Effective from: 07/10/2022

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