£10,000 fine for fire safety breaches at holiday cottage

Daily Echo: Assistant chief officer Neil Odin said case should act as warning Assistant chief officer Neil Odin said case should act as warning

A businessman has been fined more than £10,000 for breaching a string of fire safety regulations at a holiday cottage.

Nicholas Eccleston, of Barton Common Lane, New Milton, pleaded guilty to breaching the legislation at Latchmoor cottage on the Rhinefield estate in Brockenhurst in November 2011.

Eccleston was fined a total of £10,750 after admitting charges relating to inadequate fire safety standards at the cottage.

Charges included failure to provide a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, failure to provide an appropriate means for giving the alarm in case of fire, failure to protect the escape routes from the first floor of the premises and failure to ensure that a fire exit door could be easily and immediately opened in an emergency.

The case was brought by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service following an inspection of the property.

A prohibition notice was served with immediate effect to limit the use of the premises.

Eccleston was also ordered to pay costs totalling £3,660 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Speaking after the case, assistant chief officer Neil Odin, pictured, head of community safety for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This case clearly demonstrates that we will apply the law to help ensure the safety of our community.

“We work closely with businesses to help them with their duty to comply under the regulatory reform fire safety order, but where their responsibilities are not taken seriously the service will always consider prosecution.

“We would like this case to act as a timely reminder to business owners and landlords throughout Hampshire that the fire safety order is in place.

“The safety of the public is our primary concern and should come before profit.

“Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue to utilise all the powers available to us in enforcing fire safety legislation.

“The service believes that today’s verdict, together with the scale of the fine, gives a clear message to members of the business community in Hampshire of the need to be mindful of their duties under fire safety legislation.”

The Daily Echo was unable to contact Mr Eccleston as it went to press.

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6:35pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Turtlebay says...

Oh go back on strike and leave people alone!

It's a HOLIDAY COTTAGE, FFS, not a factory!
Oh go back on strike and leave people alone! It's a HOLIDAY COTTAGE, FFS, not a factory! Turtlebay
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7:06pm Sun 22 Jun 14

WobblyCat says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Oh go back on strike and leave people alone!

It's a HOLIDAY COTTAGE, FFS, not a factory!
Yes you life risking, under valued servants to the public, leave the greedy multi property money grabber in peace!
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Oh go back on strike and leave people alone! It's a HOLIDAY COTTAGE, FFS, not a factory![/p][/quote]Yes you life risking, under valued servants to the public, leave the greedy multi property money grabber in peace! WobblyCat
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8:36pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Balsamic says...

Let's all go round every fire fighter in the country house and see if they have any breaches in fire safety.
Was he given time to sort this out before he was prosecuted or has the DE failed to mention that bit
Let's all go round every fire fighter in the country house and see if they have any breaches in fire safety. Was he given time to sort this out before he was prosecuted or has the DE failed to mention that bit Balsamic
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9:45pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Tony S says...

£13,000 seams high for a first offence, I can't recall a Holliday cottage death. Maybe they should concentrate on the "BBQ in Tent" issue with sewn in ground sheets? At least 2 deaths locally last year...

Google ads popped up next to this
"Retired fireman provides fire risk assessments £275"
Jobs for the retired boys...?
£13,000 seams high for a first offence, I can't recall a Holliday cottage death. Maybe they should concentrate on the "BBQ in Tent" issue with sewn in ground sheets? At least 2 deaths locally last year... Google ads popped up next to this "Retired fireman provides fire risk assessments £275" Jobs for the retired boys...? Tony S
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4:44am Mon 23 Jun 14

huckit P says...

14,000+ seems a tad expensive for fire breaches in a holiday cottage. Especially when you conside the number of people actually at risk at any one time.
I called HFRS regarding a blocked fire exit in a Shirley supermarket but was not taken seriously. I followed up my phone call with a photograph. They thanked me for my information. 2 weeks later the exit was still blocked. So much for "the safety of the public being their primary concern".
Just like the police and motorists, and tax office with Joe Public. Always go for the easiest ones.
14,000+ seems a tad expensive for fire breaches in a holiday cottage. Especially when you conside the number of people actually at risk at any one time. I called HFRS regarding a blocked fire exit in a Shirley supermarket but was not taken seriously. I followed up my phone call with a photograph. They thanked me for my information. 2 weeks later the exit was still blocked. So much for "the safety of the public being their primary concern". Just like the police and motorists, and tax office with Joe Public. Always go for the easiest ones. huckit P
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