FOI Request - Powers of Entry
1. The total number of people within the council who are granted the right to use powers of entry legislation to enter a private property as of the 1st January 2013
2. The number of people who have been disciplined for the misuse of these powers
3. Details of any disciplinary action taken in relation to Q2.
I request that the period covered for questions 2 and 3 is 1st January 2009 to 31st December 2012.
1. Powers of entry are sanctioned by the court, and council staff can only enter private property if they have a court order. This court order will apply to a named property, and is not a perpetual order so in effect no officers have ongoing rights of entry. When in pursuit of enquiries Trading Standards officers can enter business premises during working hours without court orders.