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Firm behind top golf club handed £13,000 in fines for dirty kitchens

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 14, 2012

The Gower Golf Club

The Gower Golf Club

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THE company running a golf club which describes itself as one of the foremost wedding venues in Gower and boasts of using freshly prepared local produce has been fined more than £13,000 for having dirty kitchens and premises.

Gower Golf Course Ltd was hit with the fine following a routine inspection by council food and safety officers last November, which found its kitchens had not been maintained to a clean enough condition.

Fittings and equipment were found to be dirty, food was not kept in appropriate conditions, and wet clothes were discovered below fridges.

Prosecuting on behalf of Swansea Council, Felicity Lewis told Swansea Magistrates' Court: "The standard of cleaning was clearly very inadequate.

"Legislation makes it clear it is the responsibility of food business operation to ensure food is prepared safely.

"Food unfit for human consumption can have wide effects on human health if administered, and there were many incidents which gave very much concern to environmental health officers.

"Quite frankly, Gower Golf Club, which advertises itself on its website to use finest products and to be a leading venue in Swansea, has fallen well below standards on this occasion."

Other findings by the inspectors included the downstairs bar area being unclean, with rubbish and beer bottles stored for such a period that they had begun to attract fruit flies, a dirty floor and dirty basin area.

The function room was also found to be dirty, baking trays so caked in grease and fat that they could no longer effectively be cleaned and a pan left on the hob "encrusted in grease and fat" which could also no longer be cleaned.

Crevices on chopping boards were also so deep they could no longer be cleaned sufficiently.

In mitigation, Simon Goodman, on behalf of company director Adrian Richards, said: "They are not the most serous cases in my submission.

"I am not suggesting things were not pretty grim, but no one is suggesting anyone suffered ill health as a result of eating in these kitchens.

"The offences came about because Mr Richards has been suffering problems.

"In the weeks before the visit he had to write to the head chef stating his concerns. Immediately the head chef went sick and he has not seen him since.

"He could not sack him straight away because of procedures.

"He had been in touch with contractors to sort out the floors, who said they would come next month and Mr Richards did not press it.

"It was not as if he was doing nothing about the floors, but he did not press it as he should have done.

"In experiencing his problems, he accepts he took his eye off the ball."

He also pointed out it was the company's first conviction, that it had co-operated fully with authorities and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

For seven charges, Gower Golf Course Ltd received no penalty, but for five others it received a fine of £11,400, plus £1,802 costs, and a £15 victim surcharge.

Chair of magistrates, Cliff Jones, said: "The public should expect the service they are provided with should not cause any harm."

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  • jpj1986  |  July 16 2012, 12:46PM

    That's a good advert below this story I wonder if the golf club have taken a look at it.

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  • Nye_Zwerk  |  July 16 2012, 12:14PM

    siarad2 The problem is not with the TinyURL application (Launched in 2002). The problem is with your computer. Please stop posting false alarms about a technology that you obviously know little to nothing about.

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  • siarad2  |  July 16 2012, 11:41AM

    @Nye_Zwerk Huh! how silly, so warning of a possible phishing problem is a 'complaint.' Don't worry your poor self anymore in searching the past as my complaint to tinyurl has resulted in the problem being fixed.

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  • Nye_Zwerk  |  July 15 2012, 10:46PM

    In response to someone providing a link to Unilever:- by siarad2 Monday, July 02 2012, 1:35PM "Recently my PC has warned tinyurl is a phishing site. This page is identified as a malicious website by taobao Seems to be a Chinese shopping site like eBay" In response to one of my posts in which I provide a link to the DirectGov website:- by siarad2 Saturday, July 07 2012, 7:54AM "@Nye_Zwerk I can't get your link to work but I assume you are still peddling gov. propaganda." On this thread:- by siarad2 Sunday, July 15 2012, 10:39AM "@RichardCorso Tinyurl never works, maybe you could post again without the WWW bit to stop conversion. It started out with tinyurl being phished by taobao Chinese site but now unavailable, seems to be an IE thing"

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  • RichardCorso  |  July 15 2012, 9:18PM

    Just a final two comments 1 -I have nothing against the Gower Golf Club and wish them all the best for the future. 2 - I entered f a g g ots and peas and it and f a g g ots was automatically censored which made me laugh "from my rugby experience most only cook ******s and peas". I hope everyone has a good week :-)

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  • siarad2  |  July 15 2012, 8:50PM

    @Nye_Zwerk What are you on about I'm not blaming anyone. I've tried on line & my offline anti-virus which find nothing.

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  • Nye_Zwerk  |  July 15 2012, 8:32PM

    siarad2 At the beginning of the month, on another thread, you were advised that your computer is mislinking because your computer is infected. It is up to you to fix your computer. The links in RichardCorso's comments are o.k. Please stop blaming others.

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  • JoGowerton  |  July 15 2012, 7:53PM

    Thankfully the problems at The Gower Golf Club were last year and the issues dealt with, do that is peace of mind for diners such as myself who have eaten there regularly this year. Although the fine sounds an awful lot, the premises were not asked to close. I've often enjoyed the food there and will fontinue to do so. Now who can recommend me the best Indian Restaurant, please? I usually go to the Anarkali in town but would like to try somewhere else for a change!

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  • RichardCorso  |  July 15 2012, 3:17PM

    Haha....the Evening Post website converted the links into TinyUrl links automatically.....if your interested simply place your cursor and mouse click on the links to the websites - its as easy as that otherwise google Food Standards Agency and go to their Search for food hygiene ratings - shocking is the filthy state of many of the local Sports Clubs facilities - from my rugby experience most only cook ******s and peas - but it seems they make a filthy mess of this - try the Foods Standards agency website and many local restaurants, take-aways and sports clubs kitchens are filthy

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  • RichardCorso  |  July 15 2012, 3:11PM

    by siarad2Sunday, July 15 2012, 10:39AM "@RichardCorsoTinyurl never works, ...........you don't have to cut and past the tiny url link - simply place you cursor over the link in my post and you can click through to the website - simples :-) Here's the links in full lets hope the DM website here doesn't convert them ... Food Standards Agency: http://tinyurl.com/6t339ec Gower Golf Course Rating: http://tinyurl.com/7md8mn2 Further info on Gower Golf Club rating: http://tinyurl.com/85fpjh8

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