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Representatives from Spelthorne Council, Thames Valley Housing, Bellway Homes and the Homes and Communities Agency gathered on Friday 16 October to celebrate the opening of Stone Gate Court, a new housing development in Staines-upon-Thames.
Built by Bellway Homes at the site of the old Crooked Billet in Staines-upon-Thames, the development contains 29 one, two and three-bedroom flats.
The flats have been bought by Thames Valley Housing, one of the Council’s preferred partner Housing Associations, and will be available as affordable rented accommodation.
Spelthorne Council has invested £1m in the development to secure nomination rights to all 29 flats at Stone Gate Court which will provide accommodation for families on the Council’s Housing Register, including some currently placed in Bed and Breakfast (B&B) accommodation.
Cllr Jean Pinkerton, Spelthorne Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing said: “Spelthorne, like most boroughs, has a serious shortage of affordable housing, so I am extremely pleased that we’ve been able to help with the creation of these new modern and spacious homes for families currently on the Housing Register or in Bed and Breakfast accommodation.”
Guy Burnett, Development Director at Thames Valley Housing, said: “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Spelthorne Borough Council, Bellway and the HCA to deliver these brand new homes in Staines.”
Prior to making the commitment to invest, the Council commissioned independent valuation consultants who confirmed that the investment represents good value for money.
Photo: The Mayor of Spelthorne and representatives from Spelthorne Council, Thames Valley Housing, Bellway Homes and the Homes and Communities Agency gather at the opening of Stone Gate Court.
Spelthorne Council is calling on residents to check the food hygiene ratings of restaurants before booking their Christmas meals.
Christmas is a time to enjoy good company and good food without worrying about food poisoning. But the truth is, you can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how busy it is. It’s the things you can’t see – like germs spread by bad hygiene practices – that you need to consider.
There’s one easy way to set your mind at rest – check the food hygiene rating. This shows the score the business was given by Spelthorne Council’s Environmental Health staff after its last food hygiene inspection.
Currently in Spelthorne, 52% of food businesses are rated as ‘very good’ – the top score. 82% are rated as satisfactory, good or very good.
Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE, Cabinet Member for Health and Well-being said: “This scheme provides residents with really valuable information about the hygiene standards found in places such as restaurants, pubs, cafes and hotels so before you book this Christmas, please take a few minutes to check the rating online or look for the green and black sticker.”
To check a food hygiene rating visit http://ratings.food.gov.uk/authority-search/spelthorne
Spelthorne Borough Council has successfully prosecuted Mr Wei Ming Zheng, the owner of the China Star Restaurant, 20 Bridge Street, Staines-upon-Thames for numerous food hygiene offences.
On 20 October 2015, Mr Zheng appeared before Redhill Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to eight charges brought under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. He was convicted and ordered to pay a fine of £12,000 plus a surcharge of £120 and £696 in costs to the Council.
The court heard evidence of poor hygiene practices at the premises including inadequate cleaning in the kitchen, poor personal hygiene and a failure to protect food from the risk of contamination.
During visits to the premises in October 2014 and January 2015, Spelthorne Council’s Environmental Health Officers found filthy utensils and equipment, a blocked drain between the kitchen and storeroom, grease dripping from the ventilation canopy, poor training and supervision of food handlers, and containers of raw meat stored on top of uncovered cooked food.
Councillor Jean Pinkerton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Health, Wellbeing, Independent Living and Leisure, said: “We work very closely with businesses to ensure they know the law and offer help and advice where we can. However, in certain cases, prosecution is the only option to ensure people are protected from the risk of food poisoning. We hope that this prosecution and large fine will send a strong message out to the minority of food businesses that do not take food hygiene seriously and put people’s health at risk.”
Before choosing where to eat in Spelthorne, check the food hygiene ratings by visiting http://ratings.food.gov.uk or look out for the green and black rating stickers.