Lead authority Merton Council hosted the first ever joint regulatory service committee meeting with Richmond Council this week.
Councillors and senior officers from both authorities came together to discuss the governance arrangements and service delivery plan following the launch of the new shared service which covers environmental health, trading standards and licensing across both boroughs.
The new service builds on the two councils’ track record of working successfully together as part of the South London Legal Partnership and will see residents and businesses from both boroughs benefit from a greater pool of expertise looking out for their health, safety, environment and economic wellbeing. Working together will allow both authorities to focus on more intelligence-led inspections.
Merton’s cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders said: “Joining up as one regulatory service will allow us to offer better value for money to tax payers and a more effective service.
“The new shared regulatory service will make it easier for us to work with businesses on issues like environmental health, licensing and will allow us to offer greater protection to residents in Richmond and Merton.”
Richmond’s cabinet member for environment, Councillor Pamela Fleming, said: “Richmond Council is continuously looking at ways to deliver first-class services whilst making vital savings. This new shared regulatory service will do both as we are sharing expertise and procedures.”