Safer communities is the focus of operation

An operation to gather information about Medway’s night-time economy has been successfully completed.

Operation Unite brings together Medway Council’s licensing, environmental health and enforcement departments, the police, and the UK Border Agency. 

In a recent operation in Chatham, the council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services and Customer Contact Cllr Mike O’Brien accompanied the teams to see for himself the work that is carried out.

He said: “These operations are intelligence gathering exercises which allow our officers, the police and UK Border Agency the opportunity to discover any issues that wouldn’t usually be seen when the premises are closed.

“The aim is to increase public reassurance and promote the feeling of safety within a community, ensuring that restaurants, pubs, off licences and takeaways remain a safe and pleasant environment for customers.

“It is also a good example of partnership working for the benefit of Medway residents.”

A total of 24 premises in Lordswood, Walderslade and the Davis Estate areas were targeted.

Licensing issued eight written warnings for breach of conditions, including warning an unlicensed takeaway serving hot food after 11pm.

Environmental health found four premises had failed to submit food registration forms and two needed a full inspection due to poor food hygiene conditions. Seven premises will have follow-up visits for various food and safety issues and one warning was issued for failing to comply with Smokefree legislation

One prohibition notice was issued for dangerous electrics and one fixed penalty notice was issued for no trade waste agreement.

The UK Border Agency found seven premises that will need further investigation to determine that work permits and visas are valid.

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