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An Abingdon, Oxford, hotel owner faces a £20,000 fine for breaking fire safety regulations.
The owner of Roknor House, Chuhar Singh, accepted a guilty plea to six charges of violating the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, according to a report from Oxfordshire County Council.
The hotel's legal infractions, according to the council, had placed the "lives of guests in danger." The first information about fire safety issues at the Abingdon location was given to the Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service's inspectors in March 2021.
The ground floor of Roknor House was occupied by a takeaway business, and the first and second floors were leased to a hotel. A number of fire safety hazards were noted by inspectors, including malfunctioning emergency systems and fire alarms. Not conducting a fire risk assessment A sufficient fire-resistant structure is missing between the sleeping quarters above and the takeaway on the ground floor.
The building was deemed "so dangerous that inspectors issued an immediate prohibition notice prohibiting sleeping in the property until fire safety measures were improved", according to the council. Chuhar acknowledged the fire safety violations at a hearing held in August 2023 at Oxford Magistrates Court. He was scheduled to return for sentencing on October 20.
The £20,000 fine and £3,000 cost order were placed on the hotel owner.
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30 November 2023