Barracuda pub guilty of waste offences

By Gareth Iacobucci

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A Brighton pub has been fined after bags of rubbish were found discarded outside its premises. Amit Patni, manager of the Varsity Bar on the city's...

A Brighton pub has been fined after bags of rubbish were found discarded outside its premises.

Amit Patni, manager of the Varsity Bar on the city's seafront, pleaded guilty to waste disposal offences at Brighton & Hove magistrates court on April 10.

He was fined £500 and ordered to pay council costs of £750, and has been given 14 days to pay.

The Council's Cityclean officers said they found 30 bin bags of trade waste close to the venue in Brills Lane, over a three day period at the end of February.

The venue, formerly the Prodigal, is owned by the Barracuda Group, and has received fines on two previous occasions under the company's ownership.

In May 2001 it was successfully prosecuted for similar waste offences, and was fined £8,000 last year for food hygiene offences.

Michael Logue, enforcement officer with Cityclean, said: "This is very antisocial behaviour by the club.

"It's quite extraordinary that there are still some businesses who think that dumping their trade waste in the street is acceptable. Trade waste should only ever be placed on pavements when collections are imminent."

A Barracuda spokesperson said: "This happened because a contractor had not emptied our full waste bins on a Saturday. We placed the Sunday waste in plastic bags alongside those full bins, expecting them all to be collected on the Monday."

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