Shop owners warned they could face legal action over Legionnaires’ Disease threat

Legal action could be taken against shopkeepers if they do not take the deadly legionella bug seriously, council bosses in Barrow have warned.

It follows ‘critical and serious’ issues being found during council-ordered risk assessments at shops it leases out in Barrow, Walney and Dalton.

The article from the local Mail newspaper states “A meeting was told that shopkeepers have been changing water systems on the premises without the ‘consent or knowledge’ of the council. The council’s housing management forum was told that changes to things such as sinks made it ‘difficult’ to keep on top of those premises which were ‘non-compliant’ with strict legionella guidance.” This news comes after the council were blamed for originally not keeping up with the water compliance needed for their rented property.

However, it is now seen that the council has been struggling to communicate with the shop owners and they have had trouble ‘gaining access’.Janice Sharp, assistant director for housing, said: “If we don’t get access within the foreseeable future we will have to take action.” If we can’t get access to do a safety check on a property we can go to court to get a warrant to do it.” Shop-owners have been written to and given a Legionella factsheet. They have also been given advice such as running underused taps or showers to prevent any build-up of the killer bug.

To read the full article written by Ellis Butcher click here.

 

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