Punch Taverns has been fined more than £27000 after one of its pubs failed in it’s obligations.
The London Fire Brigade found “serious” breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at the Milestone pub in Mile End, east London in 2008, including no emergency plan, a lack of fire-fighting equipment and no fire risk assessment.
The tenant was issued with an enforcement notice to fix the problems but the work was not complete when officers returned on 14 November. The tenant has since left the pub, leaving Punch with the bill.
The company was fined £8,500 and ordered to pay more than £18,500 in costs in what was thought to be its first ever breach of the regulations.
A spokesperson for the company said: “Punch Taverns has an excellent safety record across its estate and remains committed to ensuring that all of our pub businesses are safe and fully compliant.
To ensure that you are not at risk contact us to arrange an appointment to discuss your requirements.