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Tameside pub handed enforcement notice after safety breaches

A TAMESIDE pub has been handed an enforcement notice after several fire safety breaches were found during an inspection.

The pub has until the end of this month to rectify the breaches - or the owners could face prosecution.

An intelligence-led inspection was carried out at the Cotton Tree Public House, Droylsden, following concerns raised by GMP, after there had been a number of incidents of violence and disorder in the pub.

During the inspection, at the end of February, the following fire safety breaches were identified.

1. A Fire Risk Assessment was not available. The manager admitted he did not think one had been carried out.
2. There was inadequate fire separation between the licensed areas and the living accommodation above.
3. The fire alarm was faulty. Although the fire alarm was installed only to enhance the fire safety provisions within the premises. If one is fitted, it should be maintained and tested to ensure it is in full working order.
4. Escape routes were obstructed.
5. A door providing access to some external escape stairs was missing a handle - this could delay anyone escaping in an emergency.
6. Upholstered seating in the pub was in a poor state of repair, exposing the flammable polyurethane filling.

As a result, an enforcement notice was issued to the owners, Punch Taverns PLC.

A follow up inspection will take place towards the end of April 2012 to ensure that the notice has been complied with.

If the enforcement notice has not been complied with by April 28, a decision will be made whether to proceed with a prosecution.

Last update: 11/04/2012 13:24:51
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