Tag Archives: environmental health

Landlord banned from renting “garage” to family

garageA landlord has been banned from renting out a converted garage after Environmental Health Officers found a family living in sub-standard conditions.

The detached double garage in Braunstone Town had undergone a partial conversion, equipping the area with a small kitchen, bathroom and a bed-sitting room.

However, officers inspecting the property found there to be no heating, inadequate insulation and no smoke alarms, whilst the windows and doors were found to be rotten.

On a later visit officers found a fault with the electrics, with the shower having stopped working as a result, and only one working plug socket.

The family, which included a young child, who were renting the converted garage, have been moved to a new home in time for Christmas.

They had been renting the property for over seven months before reporting the conditions they were living in to Blaby District Council.

One of the gravest concerns to officers was the main garage door, which had not been removed by the landlord. With the garage door in place tenants had nowhere to sit with natural light and a fire in the property could have left them trapped with no window to escape through.

Environmental Health served a Prohibition Order on the property; the order ensures that the landlord will be prosecuted if anyone lives in the property before extensive works are completed to convert to standards approved by the council.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood & Environmental Services, said:

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Cllr Guy Jackson

“There are a lot of laws covering rented properties and it can be hard for landlords to keep up to date with changes such as the new requirement for having smoke alarms fitted on every floor.

It is hard to believe, however, that any landlord thinks that it is acceptable to let a family live in the conditions found in this property. I hope the strong action taken by Blaby District Council will deter other landlords from letting tenants live in poor conditions.”

Tenants living in Blaby District can call 0116 275 0555 to ask for advice and assistance if they are concerned about the condition of their rented property.

Check before you choose on Mother’s Day

foodIf you are treating your mum to a meal out this Mother’s Day (10th March), make sure you show her you care by checking the food hygiene rating as well as the menu.

Her favourite restaurant might look amazing and be getting great reviews, but how good is its hygiene?

You can’t judge hygiene by appearance alone which is why the Food Standards Agency, in partnership with local authorities, has introduced the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Think of it as a way to see inside the restaurant kitchens and get some ‘behind the scenes’ information.

Restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafés, takeaways and other places that sell or serve food are given a food hygiene rating from 0 to 5 when they are inspected by a food safety officer from Blaby District Council.

The top rating of 5 means a business has ‘very good’ hygiene standards and every outlet should be able to reach this.

It’s easy to check out the ratings by looking them up online at food.gov.uk/ratings or by downloading the free ‘food hygiene’ app. You can also look out for the distinctive green and black stickers that businesses are encouraged to display to tell their customers the rating they were given.

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Neighbourhood and Environmental Health Services, said:

“When dining out, especially with loved ones, you’ll choose to go to a place where you like the food and you know you’ll have a good time. It also makes sense to check out the food hygiene rating as well. You might be surprised by some of the results. It’s possible that a cheap takeaway might have a higher food hygiene rating than a smart, expensive restaurant.”

Catriona Stewart, Head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the FSA, added:

“The FHRS is all about putting the consumer first, giving people useful information on which to base their choice of where to eat. The FSA is working in partnership with Blaby District Council and other local authorities to roll out this scheme nationally. We recommend that when you eat out you choose the places with the higher ratings.”

There are estimated to be around a million cases of food poisoning every year in the UK, with about 20,000 people ending up in hospital. Nobody wants to have Mother’s Day ruined but you can now check out your choices first.

Tell others about your experiences:

Twitter @foodgov #FHRS

Facebook www.facebook.com/FoodHygieneRatingScheme

Court action for fly tipping landlord

 

Evidence found amongst fly-tipped refuse in Hill Lane, Countesthorpe

A Leicester landlord has been fined over £800 after a large amount of illegally dumped waste was found on Hill  Lane, Countesthorpe.

 

Comall Masih, 52, of Hastings Walk, BraunstoneTown, was caught out after unopened letters addressed to previous tenants were found amongst the rubbish, which included 30 black bin liners, two mattresses and a lot of household waste.

 

During the investigation it emerged Comall employed two men to clear one of his properties, Harrison Road, Leicester, which had been left in a state by the previous tenants.

 

He was interviewed at Blaby District Council on 23rd February 2012, where he confirmed it was his vehicle that was used for the clearance of the property and disposal of the waste.

 

Comall appeared at Leicester Magistrates court on July 13 and pleaded guilty.

 

He was fined£812.50, £500 fine with £297.50 full costs and £15.00 victim support.

 

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for regulatory and neighbourhood services said:

“Mr Masih had a duty of care to dispose of the waste appropriately, however the waste never reached a licensed waste contractor and instead was found on Hill Lane, Countesthorpe.

 

“Blaby District Council has a zero tolerance to fly tipping and will thoroughly investigate all complaints and incidents of fly tipping. The substantial fine highlights that the offence is also serious in the eyes of the court.”

 

To report fly tipping or any other environmental crimes visit www.blaby.gov.uk, email env.health@blaby.gov.ukor call 0116 272 7555.

£15,000 fine for ‘filthy’ pub kitchen in Enderby

Owners of the Toby Carvery in Enderby have been fined £15,000 after food safety inspectors discovered ‘filthy’ conditions at the pub on Leicester Road.

Environmental health officers from Blaby District Council visited the premises, which is run by Mitchells and Butlers, on 10 November 2010 and reported extremely poor hygiene standards.

A food safety manager for the company admitted at interview afterwards that the standards found were unacceptable and explained that immediate action had been taken to improve the situation but further inspections showed little sign of improvement and the Council decided to take enforcement action.

The company – which operates more than 1,600 pubs and restaurants in the UK – pleaded guilty to three breaches of food safety regulations at Leicester Magistrates Court on 23 April 2012.

They were fined £5,000 for each offence and ordered to pay £7,394 prosecution costs.

The court heard that on the initial visit in November 2010 council officers found dirty pots and pans piled high on the kitchen floor with dried food stuck to preparation areas.

Filthy dishwasher trays were discovered along with a dirty hand wash basin that had dried food on the taps, handles, and tiled walls around it.

A pool of dirty water had gathered at the bottom of a container used to store ‘clean’ cooking utensils. The equipment itself had dried meat and a fly stuck to it.

Fridges in the main kitchen were also found to be dirty, with raw meat and dried blood stuck to shelving in one of the units.

Officers witnessed a food preparation table being wiped with a cloth that had been kept in a pot full of brown coloured water.

During the inspection the pub manager provided a list of completed cleaning checks and schedules with apparently no issues identified.

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for regulatory and neighbourhood services said: “This shows the Council is prepared to take action against any business or individual that is putting the health and safety of the public at risk.

“People have a right to feel confident when eating out that basic food hygiene standards are being met and in this case they fell well below the required level.

“Many businesses in Blaby district work extremely hard to achieve five star food hygiene ratings and this should also be recognised but we must take action against those with poor food safety records.”

The food safety manager for Mitchells and Butlers stated during an interview at Blaby District Council that the manager of the premises in Enderby was fully trained and the company could not have done anymore to prevent these offences from occurring.

However, inspections carried out by an external company hired by the pub operator earlier in 2010 showed an ‘inconsistent level of cleanliness’, which suggests the firm was aware of the need to improve hygiene standards before the Council’s initial visit in November that year.

For more information or to check food hygiene ratings in Blaby district and across the UK visit www.food.gov.uk/ratings.

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School nurses offer students and pupils the YouTube treatment

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Originally published 24th March 2011    [Contributor: Sheila Ashton]

School nurse services across Leicestershire county and Rutland are going ‘viral’ to help ensure pupils can make the most of their services.

A three-and-a-half minute video – “So You Think You Know Your School Nurse” has been shot for the social media site YouTube.

Featuring informal conversations with pupils and students from Albert Village Primary School and Lutterworth College, it sets out to raise awareness and dispel a few myths about the role of the school nurse.

Sharon Gregory, health visiting clinical education lead for Leicestershire County and Rutland Community Health Services, co-ordinated the project. She said:

“We want to show that school nurses are not just about sticky plasters, nits and words of comfort. We made the film to help make schoolchildren, parents and teachers more aware of the full role of the school nurse and make them feel more confident about using the service.”

The film was made in response to a survey of secondary school pupils in Leicestershire by Connexions two years ago which revealed that large numbers of pupils and students missed out because they were unaware of the scope of help their school nurse could offer.

The film features Catherine Moore, school nurse at Albert Village Primary School in Swadlincote, and Lutterworth College school nurse Sue O’Connor who talk about the confidential support they can offer with issues ranging from sexual health to counselling, and signposting to other services.

Teaching staff are also filmed explaining how valuable they find the service.

The video was shot and edited by a 19-year-old freelance film maker, Jamie Mangan, who was commissioned by CHS after completing a number of video projects for Connexions.

Jamie shot two hours of footage before editing the material down to the final three-and-a-half minute film.

The film has been reviewed by an invited audience of young people at a special Connexions screening and their feedback will help to shape future developments.

The film can be seen online on the You Tube website (link below).

Schools can request a DVD copy of the film by contacting their school nurse.

 

Associated links

» So You Think You Know Your School Nurse [You Tube]

» Leicestershire County and Rutland Community Health Services

 

LC & RCHS Headquarters

Leicestershire County and Rutland Community Health Services
Fosse House
6 Smith Way
Grove Park
Enderby
Leicester LE19 1RS

Telephone: 0116 2950030
Fax: 0116 2950842