adidas tracksuit womens Crepes O Mania food kiosk owner hits out at Westgate for lack of running water
Crepes O Mania owner Akim Akkouche said he argued with Westgate management when the kiosk plan he was given last year showed it would not have a mains water supply.
The mobile business has been trading in the city both in University Parks and Broad Street for 10 years and has never had lower than a four star rating.
But Oxford City Council health inspectors had no choice but to give a two star rating in November when they found the kiosk in the 440m centre had no hot water sinks or running water, and was not connected to mains drainage system.
“If it was something we didn’t do properly then I would say ‘fair enough that’s my fault,’ but the kiosk plan was agreed by the Westgate and without hot water.
“They said it wasn’t an obligation,
I said it was, we argued about it, but I should have known better to be honest.”
The firm were provided with a store room moving in on the day of the inspection as a food preparation.
But the owner revealed that he paid for a special system used to heat water on campsites.
Officers were concerned the storage room had no facilities for cleaning or washing food but this has since been rectified.
He said: “Everything has been done now we have water the same officer came back and was extremely happy with what she saw.
“We are being re marked in a few weeks and we should get a four or a five.”
Oxford City Council’s environmental health officers gave the business a low score and highlighted the lack of running water.
They said: “There was no wash hand basin provided for food handlers working in the kiosk you must provide a wash hand basin with adequate supplies of hot and cold water,
or appropriately mixed running water.
“The kiosk was not connected to the mains drainage system arrangements must be in place throughout the day for the storage and removal of waste water to prevent likelihood of contamination.”
On the opening day of the centre on October 24 Mr Akkouche told the Oxford Mail the kiosk fitting expected to take five days had to be completed in 36 hours after contractors didn’t turn up until Sunday afternoon.