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Fire risk shisha bar shut down by Gloucester City Council

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 09, 2013

  • RISK: The shisha bar in Bristol Road.

  • The Malvern Road garden

  • Malvern Road garden after the clean up

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A MAKESHIFT shisha bar was closed by fire chiefs after it was found to be a death trap.

The bar sprung up in Bristol Road and was created using dodgy scaffolding and a highly flammable fabric. It didn't even have a fire exit.

The closure is part of a crackdown by Gloucester City Council planning enforcers.

Andy Birchley, senior planning compliance officer, said: "This shisha bar posed a huge risk to everyone inside and fire officials closed it immediately.

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"They were then ordered to remove the structure."

But the council also got tough on a serial hoarder from Malvern Road, in Kingsholm, who stuffed his garden with prams, oil drums, drainage pipes, scrap metal and more.

Neighbours watched for a decade as the garden slowly disappeared under a sea of street furniture.

The staggering amount of junk filled 20 skips – and that was even before the overgrown trees, bushes and weeds were removed.

Mr Birchley said: "The junk had been sitting there for a good 10 years. It was all his own stuff that he had been collecting.

"They were all things he thought he might need one day or would be worth something."

The man had to be taken to court before he would part with the items.

Council officials are also clamping down on a proliferation of satellite dishes on buildings in conservation areas.

Four dishes were removed from the front of an historic house on Parliament Street in the city centre.

Unnecessary street signs pointing to new housing developments or signs that are illegally advertising firms are also being removed by the council.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  February 10 2013, 3:31PM

    @ Spindles12 I just searched it up and it's a foreign name for a tobacco/smoking bar see here: - http://tinyurl.com/28bn2h5

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  February 10 2013, 3:03PM

    A place that shouldn't off been there in the first place, Never even heard of a Shisha bar and glad it's closed as it had no fire exits or anything.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 09 2013, 9:59PM

    OMG don't let the "ghost lady" see the picture as it's covered in "orbs" the place must be haunted!

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  • Justica  |  February 09 2013, 4:56PM

    We have all heard about extremes concerning Health & Safety (can't play conkers and the like), but H & S rules have protected us all. The workplace, hotels and all public places have been made much safer because of fire escapes, sprinklers, etc. Recently in Pakistan many people died because of the total lack of precautions in garment factories because there is NO H & S. We cannot allow third world standards to be brought here - peoples lives are at stake.

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  • gunnersaurus1  |  February 09 2013, 3:47PM

    About Time

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  • FreeRadical1  |  February 09 2013, 2:40PM

    Dave, I'm sure that commercial premises do have to have a fire exit. Also, they had flammable material, not to mention the fact that smoking requires a naked flame to light the tobacco.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 09 2013, 12:52PM

    Nice to see planning are staring to crack down on planning and conservation area infringements, people know they are in a conservation area or live in a listed building, they just replace windows with UPV etc without permission. I know there is a satellite dish installed by Sky on the house I live in (there before I moved in) sky DON'T care about listed building or conservation area permissions before installing a dish and as such should be prosecuted by the city council to make an example of them!

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  • daveofglos  |  February 09 2013, 12:43PM

    Smaller premises do not necessarily have to have a fire exit...

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  • spindles12  |  February 09 2013, 9:39AM

    Having no idea what a shisha bar is, thinking possibly a foreign food restaurant, I looked it up. Apparently it's a place for smoking "flavoured tobacco" from a hookah Flavoured tobacco, yeh, right. Also, apparently, lots of shisha bars flout the smoking law and have been closed down so perhaps this wouldn't have lasted that long anyway. I don't suppose the smokers think they're doing any harm to themselves although a quote in a report on the bars says"Just being inside the room during a shisha smoking session is equivalent to smoking 150 to 200 cigarettes". If people want to sit in that atmosphere, slowly killing themselves then they'll do it wherever they can so I expect another one will spring up somewhere else very soon.

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