A trading estate landlord has received a fine totalling £15,500 for breaching fire safety regulations. Mr Allan Dykes pleaded guilty to five offences in relation to violations found at the Bridge Road trading estate in the Kingswood area of Bristol.
Avon Fire & Rescue Service carried out a routine fire safety audit at the estate earlier this year and alerted Bristol council of the violations including, evidence of people sleeping at one of the units which is illegal.
Other offences include not making reasonable provision to ensure adequate fire precautions were in place, such as a lack of fire alarm and emergency lighting. Mr Dykes also failed to sub-divide walls in the industrial unit. This is necessary in order to help prevent a fire spreading to different rooms.
Colin Hunt, lead member of the South Gloucestershire environment and community service committee, said: “Working in partnership with colleagues at Avon Fire & Rescue Service we have been able to successfully prosecute the land owner for these serious breaches of building control regulations.
“Anyone renting a business premises should ensure they have adequate fire prevention precautions in place to avoid putting risking lives.
“We hope this case will help raise awareness among people who are considering renting any new business premises to check the owner obtains the necessary building regulations.”
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