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Nearly £240,000 is about to be pumped into inspecting Bromley businesses’ food safety

PUBLISHED: 09:44 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 16 August 2017

Peter Trudgill looks at ways of greeting while eating in European language.

Peter Trudgill looks at ways of greeting while eating in European language.

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Some of the money will go toward supporting businesses during “unforeseen disruption”

The number of officers checking the safety of Bromley’s restaurants and food premises is set to rise with a six-figure investment scheme.

Bromley council is putting £238,000 into its annual budget to provide temporary and permanent staff to carry out ongoing food safety inspections, while other new employees will work on “continuity planning” to ensure council services can run during “unforeseen disruption”.

“A lot has happened in the last two years which has changed the context in which local services are delivered and we are responding to this by making additional resources available in these much needed service areas,” said Kate Lymer, executive councillor for public protection and safety.

“Safety is important and so is maintaining the universal services we provide, this will help ensure our services continue to be delivered in the best and most efficient way going forward.”

Bromley council is responsible for sending off hygiene data to the Food Standards Agency, which currently reports more than 50 premises have a hygiene rating of one across Beckenham, Bromley and Orpington, meaning the business is in major need of improvement.

Frances Forrest, manager of Your Bromley, the town centre’s business improvement district, said: “Your Bromley welcomes the council’s investment in both business continuity support and also food safety. Nearly all of Bromley town centre’s food outlets already have very high hygiene standards, but there’s no room for complacency in these matters.

“It will be good for the businesses to have an up to date assessment so there is evidence of the high levels of hygiene in addition to the choice and great customer service that’s on offer in Bromley town centre.”

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