The owner of a hotel in a popular seaside resort has been ordered to pay nearly £10,000 after his premises failed to comply with fire safety rules, putting visitors and guests at risk. David Riella, co-owner of the Deganwy Hotel, or Deganwy Bed and Breakfast, on Station Road in Looe, was ordered to pay a total of £8,567 in fines and costs.
He was also ordered to pay £4,537 in costs and a victim surcharge of £190 when he appeared at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court on April 26. The 57-year-old pleaded guilty to three offenses under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Violations related to breaches of fire safety standards identified by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service officers following a fire at the property in June 2021.
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The officers’ inspection revealed that the fire detection and alarm system did not meet the standard expected in a dormitory room, that the escape routes serving the dormitory were not sufficiently protected, that it there was no emergency escape lighting and a fire risk assessment had not been carried out.
The Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s subsequent investigation found that Riella had failed to review the fire safety provisions at the premises and had been issued an enforcement notice. Riella was fined £3,840, which was reduced by £5,760 to reflect his early guilty plea.
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Kathryn Billing, Fire Chief, said: ‘The vision of the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is to work together to make people safer, and where possible we want to work with business owners to ensure they have the correct fire safety tips and understand their responsibilities to keep their guests and visitors safe. However, where premises are non-compliant and we believe the public is at risk, we will take action to enforce fire safety rules.
The council’s portfolio holder for the protection of the environment and the public, Councilor Martyn Alvey, said: “The safety of residents and visitors to Cornwall is crucial. This is a reminder to all owners of accommodation premises that regardless of the number of bedrooms and regardless of rental agreements which may include less formal online agreements such as Airbnb, they are required to comply. to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This means that they must have an appropriate and sufficient fire risk assessment in place and ensure that all fire safety arrangements are adequate and regularly maintained.