Cumberland court Ltd, has been fined £22,000 and a director has been handed down a suspended prison sentence, for breaches in fire safety legislation.
The Hylands Hotel, Coventry which used to be owned by Cumberland Court Limited, was found to be in breach of legislation during an investigation which found that the second floor was being used for sleeping accommodation, in spite of being prohibited from doing so, due to substandard automatic fire detection.
A further inspection uncovered deficiencies with the fire alarm system, which was found to be faulty in some parts of the hotel. Fire exits were also found to be blocked, poorly maintained and in some instances, locked.
The Director, Mr Maloo and the company admitted the offences, committed in 2010 and 2011. They had failed to take general fire safety precautions and had not complied with the enforcement notice.
Denis Murphy, the fire safety legal officer at West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service who led the investigation, said: ‘The sentence sends a very strong reminder to businesses in the West Midlands about the importance of fire safety. It is vital to staff and customers’ well-being, and to protect companies’ viability should they be unfortunate enough to be hit by fire.’
The West Midlands fire service also pointed out that the Hylands Hotel now has new owners and complies fully with fire safety regulations.