Owner of Milton Keynes guest house fined almost £25,000 following serious fire safety breaches

Posted 09/06/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.

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Ms Nicole Harris, the owner and responsible person of a guest house at 2 Titchmarsh Court in Oldbrook, has been guilty of serious fire safety breaches and ordered to pay a final total of £24,168.29 after appearing in front Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on Monday 6th June 2016.

Ms Harris had already plead guilty to eight charges relating to the Milton Keynes guest house at a previous hearing on 26th February, with a further two charges being added on Monday relating to obstructing fire officers in the line of duty.

The charges arose following an inspection of Ms Harris’ by Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority in June of last year after they received a complaint from a local housng officer. The inspection, which subsequently lead to the issuing of a prohibition notice, uncovered the following:

  • Combustible storage material placed in fire escape routes
  • Lack of any firefighting equipment
  • No fire risk assessment on the premise
  • An inadequate fire alarm system
  • Inadequate fire protection for escape routes
  • The failure to comply with a prohibition notice

The head of the fire safety enforcement team pushed the importance of a prohibition notice, declaring they are ‘only served where, in the event of fire, the risk of death or serious injury is so serious that use of the premise must be restricted or prohibited’. Ms Harris continued to allow guests to sleep in her property after the prohibition notice was served and therefore was putting these guests at serious risk. Despite this, fire services are always willing to work together with those property owners who are willing to address their own safety issues.

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