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Council rates food hygiene

HIGH MARK: Kirkham Grammar School

HIGH MARK: Kirkham Grammar School

Schools in Kirkham are among the best eating establishments in the county after topping inspections for the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

The town hall’s environmental health team and a Food Standards Agency-funded specialist visited takeaways and food establishments in a new county-wide drive to improve hygiene standards.

Scoring a five, the highest mark on the chart, was Kirkham & Wesham Primary, Kirkham Grammar Junior School, Kirkham Grammar School, Kirkham Prison’s Farm Shop and nursery, Treetots Ltd.

Sara Carrington, Fylde Council’s commercial team principal officer, said: “The rating scheme was established two years ago.

“We’ve all seen the green and black stickers in the doorways and on the windows of eateries: we now want to see more establishments rating three, four and five and fewer scoring only one or two.”

At the lower end of the scale were the Queens Arms, Kirkham and The Swan Hotel, Kirkham, who both scored just one on the scheme, signifying major room for improvement.

All food establishments, or takeaways that receive scores of two or less will be given advice from the council’s experts.

Sara said: “The consultant will give the owners intensive tutoring on what is required and then town hall environmental health officers will follow up to ensure they are adhering.

“It is primarily educational but we have enforcement powers and we won’t hesitate to use them when necessary.

Dawn Ferguson, landlady of the Queens Arms said: “We don’t actually serve food at the moment but the issue we received the one rating for has now been resolved.”

The Lancashire Evening Post was unable to contact The Swan Hotel.

 

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