Fire safety charges for Wellow holiday homes owner

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Fire-safety charges against the owner of holiday homes are set to be heard at crown court.

David Chapelow (46) faces 29 counts of breaching fire regulations at the Long Barn and Park Farm cottages in Wellow.

The charges include failing to install appropriate fire-fighting equipment and alarms and detectors, failing to illuminate emergency routes sufficiently and failing to comply with regulations that could ensure it was possible to evacuate the buildings quickly.

The court was told how the holiday homes were three and four storeys.

Prosecuting for the fire service, Carl May-Smith said inspectors had visited the property numerous times dating back to April 2010 following a complaint about fire safety.

Mr Chapelow, who gave his own address as Park Farm, was ordered to improve the properties, but Mr May-Smith said no work was done.

In April of this year, it was alleged that Mr Chapelow refused the fire authority entry.

Mr Chapelow gave no indication of plea to the charges, but the magistrates decided they did not have the power to deal with the case so sent it to Nottingham Crown Court.

He is next due to appear on 13th February.