Wash Hand Basins
Subject :Wash Hand Basins
Further to Stephens entry on wash hand basins on the 14th. This is one of the issues that the RLA board are working on at the moment - see articles in latest RLA magazine.
After Yvette Cooper had received the RLA policy document, a meeting was arranged between members of the RLA Board the representatives of the Government. It was pointed out by the RLA that there is evidence throughout the country that an increasing willingness amongst many councils to relax the requirement in the belief that the legislation
will be repealed. Some Councils are not making it a requirement of licencing on the ground of Health and Safety i.e 1-nearness of sinks to existing electrical sockets, 2-sink becomes an object to bump into, 3-Dangers of using a hair dryer and dropping it into sink, 4-Possible problems of discharging waste into storm drains rather than foul drain system. Other Councils are making a requirement but are giving landlords 5 years to fit them,(by which time the government review should remove the need for them). The points made by the RLA were taken on board. The requirement for wash hand basins is still a legal requirement, and it will remain so until the review, which is expected within 3years provides the Government with opportunity to change/repeal the legislation. See if you can make a deal with your local EHO/Council which reflects the change in mood across the Country.