The Bridge Road trading estate where a rule or two was breached
A trading estate landlord from Keynsham has been ordered to pay out nearly £15,500 for breaching not one rule, but multiple regulations, including fire safety.
Allan Dykes, of Durley Lane, Keynsham submitted guilty pleas to five offences under the Building Regulations Act 2010 which were dealt with during a hearing at North Avon Magistrates’ Court on August 26.
He has been fined £13,000 and must pay a victim surcharge of £120 and £2,348.36 costs to South Gloucestershire Council in relation to the violations at the Bridge Road trading estate in the Kingswood area of Bristol.
The council were alerted to the case by Avon Fire & Rescue Service after they visited the estate to carry out a routine fire safety audit in February.
At the time they reported concerns about evidence of people sleeping at one of the units, which is illegal. Housing officers at the council were alerted.
During several months of investigation, council officers working in collaboration with Avon Fire & Rescue uncovered evidence that confirmed breaches of building regulations.
Dykes was later charged with five offences under the Building Regulations Act 2010.
The offences relate to his not making reasonable provision to ensure adequate fire precautions were in place, including a lack of fire alarm and emergency lighting.
He had also failed to adequately sub-divide the walls in the industrial unit which is a necessary precaution to help prevent a fire spreading to different rooms.
Rule breaches may seem to keep costs low, but it’s only a matter of time before you get found out and faced with a large fine.
South Gloucestershire environment and community service committee lead member for planning Councillor Colin Hunt, 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 out a business premises should make sure they have adequate fire prevention precautions in place to avoid putting anyone’s life at risk.
“We hope this case will help raise awareness among people who are considering renting any new business premises to check that building regulations have been obtained by the owner.”
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