Health and safety is kicked into touch in houses in multiple occupation in the Fens

Officers entering the house in Colvile Road, Wisbech. Operation Pheasant.

Officers entering the house in Colvile Road, Wisbech. Operation Pheasant. - Credit: Archant

Dangerous electrics and broken heating systems were among problems encountered by officers who investigated 100 homes in the Fens following concerns about houses in multiple occupation.

In 40 of the homes visited action was taken to fix health and safety faults or failings such as lack of smoke alarms, gas safety checks and removing damp and mould.

The visits were made as part of Operation Pheasant, where Fenland District Council work in partnership with the police and other agencies, such as the United Kingdom Border Agency, the Gangmaster Licensing Authority and her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

In five months from April to September the council investigated 61 complaints from tenants in privately rented accommodation and stepped in to remove a series of serious faults and hazards.

As part of the operation there were interventions to address nuisance neighbours, noise problems, waste management issues and anti social behaviour.


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The work was reported to the cabinet and corporate management team meeting at Fenland District Council.

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