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Pub Loses Licence for Fire Safety Breaches

A pub in Hastings, East Sussex has had its licence removed following an investigation by the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. Police raised concerns about The Tub pub on 22nd August 2016 and so prompted a visit by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

The breaches included:

  • Failure to carry out a fire risk assessment
  • Failure to maintain the fire detection system and emergency lighting
  • Inadequate fire training for staff

The fire & rescue service issued an informal notice requiring a fire risk assessment to be carried out and the emergency lighting and the fire detection system to be replaced. However, after a performance inspection on 23rd December 2016 it was found that no fire risk assessment had been carried out. In addition, the emergency lighting and fire detection had not been maintained. Therefore, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service submitted a Premises Licence review application on 19th January 2017.

A full fire safety audit was carried out, which resulted in the serving of a Priority Enforcement Notice, relating to non-compliance with the Fire Safety Order. Mr Robert Falconer, the premises licence holder, had the licence revoked following a licencing hearing on 16th March 2017.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Fire Safety Hub Manager, James Portnell, said: “East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is a responsible authority under the Licensing Act 2003 and therefore applied for a review of the premises licence, following concerns over public safety. The safety of relevant persons in any premises is the primary concern of the fire and rescue service and the failure of the licence holder to ensure that a suitable fire risk assessment had been completed put people at risk. A suitable fire risk assessment, which is a requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, would have identified the lack of adequate fire precautions within the premises.”

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