OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK FROM LAMBETH BUSINESSES plus: FIRM FINED £9,000 AFTER FAILING TO FIX NOISY KITCHEN
OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK FROM LAMBETH BUSINESSES
More than 60 percent of businesses in Lambeth say the borough is a good or very good place to do business – almost double the number in 2011.
“The latest Lambeth Business survey paints a picture of optimism, plans for future growth, increase in employment and the importance of strong local links” said a Lambeth council spokesperson..
“The independent research, which we commissioned, found job prospects have greatly improved with almost a third of businesses expecting staff numbers to increase over the next 12 months compared to 23 per cent in 2011.
“Four out of 10 businesses say they make a particular effort to recruit local people and 15 per cent of Lambeth businesses offer apprenticeships – almost double the London wide rate.
“Good transport links are a bonus for Lambeth businesses but a lack of parking is a concern for over one in four of them.”
But although the borough wide outlook is upbeat , some areas were less optimistic, a council statement admits.
Lambeth’s cabinet member for jobs and growth Cllr Jack Hopkins says: “Investment in Lambeth, the can-do attitude and good transport make it an attractive borough but we must make sure that growth and prosperity spreads across Lambeth and the council properly listens to the concerns of businesses.
“This is a very positive picture of business in the borough and clearly underlines the wider benefits of jobs and training that come from a thriving local economy.”
The survey was carried out by Ecorys for Lambeth council using methodology similar to that for the 2011 survey. Ecorys spoke to 726 businesses and the survey sample was representative at borough level with quotas set by sector and size, the council statement adds.
FIRM FINED £9,000 AFTER FAILING TO FIX NOISY KITCHEN
A business has been fined £9,000 and told to pay more than £2,000 in costs after a hearing at Bromley magistrates court.
The business in Croydon Road, Beckenham was found guilty of breaching two noise abatement notices after failing to fix a problem with a noisy kitchen extract and refrigeration unit following a case submitted to the courts by Bromley council.
A Bromley council spokeswoman said: “Representatives from the company failed to attend court on five occasions leading up to the 24 July 2015, when the case was heard in their absence.
“This action follows a detailed investigation by the Bromley’s public protection department into issues with noise from the kitchen extraction system and refrigeration unit which were found to be particularly noisy.
“Two noise abatement notices served on 3 July 2014 required the business operator to control the noise from these units, and a later notice formally instructed the company to furnish the council with details of their interests in the property.
“They failed to address the issue or provide the requested information, and the noise continued unabated.
“In mitigation it was noted that the business had claimed to have completed some works, which were found to have made little or no difference to the noise being experienced by neighbouring properties.
“Bromley magistrates fined the business £3,000 for each breach of notice (£9,000 total), £120 victim surcharge, and were ordered to pay costs of £2,753.50 to the council.”
Bromley’s executive member for public protection and safety Cllr Kate Lymer said: “Bromley council receives more than 3,000 noise complaints a year and our environmental health officers work hard to investigate these and pursue action where a nuisance is being caused.
“This case shows that the courts take the failure to comply with our notices seriously and those continuing to cause a nuisance will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
“In this case further monitoring will occur and the business will be subject to further action if the problem continues.”
Bromley council has a duty to investigate complaints alleging a statutory noise nuisance under Section 79 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 makes it an offence to fail to comply with the requirements of a noise abatement notice. Committing an offence under this section of the act carries a maximum fine of up to £20,000 for trade/business premises or £5,000 for residential premises.