MA award-winner among first to fail shelter compliance

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A Derbyshire licensee is among the first in England to be told to change his smoking shelter because it fails to comply with Government guidelines....

A Derbyshire licensee is among the first in England to be told to change his smoking shelter because it fails to comply with Government guidelines.

Licensees Richard Strzyzewski and Jacquie Ackroyd paid £4,000 for the shelter with money saved from having their rent paid for a year as winners of the MA's CaskForce competition.

The shelter was built with input from Marston's before guidelines were published. Now council officials have gaven them six weeks to alter or take it down after inspecting their pub - Marston's Pub Company's Tiger Inn at Turnditch - last week.

The shelter has two solid brick walls and is covered by a canvas awning. Detachable glass screens are fitted to the shelter's sides.

Strzyzewski said: "We've asked what we have to do to comply and they can't tell us, other than it has to be 50% open to the elements."

Ackroyd said: "We're a rural country pub that's open to the elements. Rain comes through between the structure's side panels and the awning. Taking any more away would erode our smokers' right to relative comfort."

Amber Valley Borough Council regulation manager Steve Haslam said: "The [Tiger] licensee has provided an outside seating area, which is more than 50% enclosed - so legally, smoking is not permitted."

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