FRIDAY the 13th proved to be an unlucky night for some licensees after Tameside Council environmental health officers made unannounced visits to around 50 pubs.
Joined by the police, they called at licensed premises in Ashton, Stalybridge, Hyde and Denton to carry out licensing, food hygiene, environmental health and fire-safety checks.
One pub was found to be in such poor condition that a licence review is being considered. A further eight had fire exits that were blocked or not easily accessible. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service has been informed and follow-up action will take place.
Poor hygiene was evident in one pub, which will now receive a full inspection and almost certainly a written warning.
Most of the premises were given recycling information and those with licence conditions linked to the Challenge 21 and 25 scheme to stop under-age drinking were checked and advised.
The police requested that all the pubs display anti-drugs posters.
Cllr John Taylor, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for enforcement, said: “The entire focus of the operation was to make sure people are safe when they go out for a drink. I’m pleased to say that many of the establishments we visited were well run by their owners and managers.
“The establishments that fell short of the mark will be dealt with appropriately. Tameside Council takes its responsibilities very seriously in this field and we insist on the highest standards.”