Sheffield building owner fined over £1,000 after failing to provide cladding information

A Sheffield building owner has been fined over £1,000 for obstructing the work of fire safety inspectors.

By Lizzie Day
Friday, 20th November 2020, 3:27 pm
Updated Friday, 20th November 2020, 3:27 pm

Mr Gunes Ata, who traded as Noble Design & Build, was found guilty by Sheffield Magistrates Court of failing, without reasonable excuse, to comply with requirements imposed by an inspector from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

The businessman was said to have failed to provide information about cladding on the buildings to fire safety professionals and was ordered to pay over £1000 in fines as a result.

Ata did not attend the court hearing on Wednesday, November 18 and did not enter a plea, but the court heard the case in his absence.

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A Sheffield building owner has been fined after obstructing the work of fire safety inspectors.

Evidence presented by the fire service claimed the businessman had failed to provide information relating to the external cladding of one of his buildings within the timescales requested by inspectors.

This information was later provided and the cladding in question at London Court on Beeley Street was consequently removed.

Sheffield Magistrates Court ordered Ata be fined £660, to pay a victims surcharge of £66 and to pay full costs of £1177 for failing to provide information about the cladding on the building in a timely manner.

Area manager Simon Dunker said: “Fire safety laws are designed to keep people safe- nothing more, nothing less.

"Whilst our building safety inspectors always try to engage positively with building owners and responsible persons, we will also make no hesitation in prosecuting those who persistently obstruct our work.”

For more information on business fire safety laws, visit the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

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