29/01/2020

Belfast Bar Breaches Smoke-Free Legislation

The owners of the Perch Rooftop bar in Belfast have been fined £1,000 for failing to comply with smoke-free legislation.

In the first case of its kind in Northern Ireland, the designated beer garden at the premises was found to be substantially enclosed.

Officers witnessed ashtrays on tables and people smoking without any intervention from staff to stop it.

The city centre bar, owned by Abacus Inns Limited, was found to be in breach of the Smoking (NI) Order 2006.

The firm pleaded guilty to failing to prevent people smoking within their premises and failing to display statutory smoke-free signage.

It follows visits by tobacco control officers on 15 February 2019.
News Image
As agreed at Belfast Magistrates Court, the owners will pay £750 in respect of their failure to prevent people smoking within their premises and £250 for failing to display statutory smoke-free signage and was also ordered to pay costs of £75.

A spokesperson for Belfast City Council said: "Smoke-free legislation was introduced to protect people from breathing in second-hand smoke in enclosed and substantially enclosed premises. The message from the courts today is that beer gardens must be in compliance with the regulations. Belfast City Council is committed to ensuring that all businesses in the city meet their obligations to safeguard the public under tobacco control legislation."



(JG/CM)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

17 August 2021
BCC Leader Questions Funding Of West Belfast Festival Over 'Pro-IRA Singing'
The DUP leader of Belfast City Council has questioned the funding of West Belfast Festival over alleged "pro-IRA singing" at one of their events. Councillor Ald Brian Kingston raised the issued after it was alleged that the crowed at a concert at the Festival chanted "ooh ah up the Ra".
30 January 2006
UCF urge lobbying of MP’s on smoking ban
The Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF) is urging members of the public to lobby their local MP’s in advance of the Westminster debate on comprehensive smokefree workplaces in England.
23 September 2021
Playgrounds Continue To Be Improved Across Belfast
Playgrounds across Belfast are to continue to be improved with Belfast City Council setting a capital budget of £580,000 for its Playground Improvement Programme. Sites marked for improvement include Cavehill Adventurous and Ormeau 2000 playgrounds (Park Road), along with the recent completion of the new build at Vere Foster.
27 July 2021
Belfast Lord Mayor Welcomes Progress On Avoniel Redevelopment
Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Kate Nicholl, has welcomed the progress being made on the £8 million redevelopment of Avoniel, which is due to reopen in October. The transformation of the former Avoniel Leisure Centre site aims to address the lack of 3G pitches in the area, while also providing flexible indoor space for the community.
20 July 2021
Three New Ryanair Destinations Added At George Best Belfast City Airport
Ryanair have announced three new flights from George Best Belfast City Airport, servicing Ibiza, Valencia and Milan.