Lewisham one of the least hygienic places in the UK

Lewisham leads the way in more than one kind of sick filth. Which? has produced a map of the UK, based on data from the Food Standards Agency and finds that Lewisham's local food businesses are among the least hygienic in the country, ranked 396th out of 398 areas nationwide. Which? explains:

All food businesses should be inspected to check that they meet hygiene requirements. The Food Standards Agency coordinates enforcement activity by Local Authorities in the UK.

This map displays data from the food hygiene enforcement activity for each Local Authority in the UK, reflecting:
  • The percentage of high to medium risk food establishments (i.e. A,B,C) compliant with hygiene law
  • The proportion of rated food premises in the area and
  • The percentage of planned interventions that were carried out
London generally does pretty badly, in part thanks to the density of food outlets in the capital. Nonetheless, it's a pretty disgusting performance by Lewisham. Thanks to Katy for the heads-up.

29 comments:

guest said...

No surprises there. Whenever I complain to the council about uncollected rubbish left outside takeaways, they would merely shrug and reply that they have budgetary issues. An excuse I would expect to hear from a local authority in a third world country - but not one in an inner London borough.


Obviously the health of the residents of this borough are way low on their list of priorities to tackle. Incidentally, increasing their salaries is top.

Monkeyboy said...

Must admit im sick of not being able to cross the road because of the Bentleys of the environmental health shirkers blocking the way. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/environmentalhealthofficer.aspx

and yes, local authorities are facing masive cuts, all in it together dont you know.

terrencetrentderby said...

Grim stuff and yet more proof of how inept the council is.
We have some of the most disgusting high streets in London and the council is doing nothing about it.

Pizza snob said...

If there's ever a story which paints Lewisham in a bad light it's only a matter of time before you get to the part linking it to the council.


Will people stop voting in these fools.

Anon said...

Another reason why I can't stand lewisham council. Unfortunately it looks like we are such with them here.

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anon said...

Pfffft, I don't go to the chicken shop to be healthy.

Anon said...

I know you love the authorities monkeyboy, but if other councils can make do even with cuts, then Lewisham should.

Monkeyboy said...

do you think that the huge cuts being made will have no affect? really? simple non partisan question (i've never said that no cuts should or have to be made by the way but decent services need paying for)

Ben Thuragood said...

This is a fix, a conspiracy by the tories to smear lewisham. Ive never been ill and Iv'e eaten my fair share of stir fried noodles, deep fried chicken and kebabs in the last 12 years. First they went for our hospital now they want to smear the fine reputation of our take aways and restaurants...

Mmmm said...

This is actually quite a basic duty, a duty Lewisham Council is failing miserably. All councils are facing cuts, Lewisham is no exception. Clearly the department responsible is not performing adequatel, but I suppose we should let them off the hook?

Monkeyboy said...

didnt say that, just dont think that environmental health officers are living high off the hog and scheming to enrich themselves. A bad performance amongst many bad performances in London. Is that beacuse there is a huge density of food places in london? wonder how many there are compared to inspectors compared to those Local Authorites doing better? So many questions, none answered in the data. Thats all.

Max Calò said...

What doesn't kill me makes me stronger!

anon said...

If were living in a victorian house paid by the Council you would continue to vote those who pay the rent for you.

A vote in exchange of benefits is what has kept this Unions' led Council for decades. No chance of change,

Like with schools, there should be an performance ranking of Councils and those falling behing should be handed over to the administrators.

Monkeyboy said...

isnt it about time you had a crack at somalian mini cab drivers? thats your normal trolling tactic.

Tamsin said...

Are the statistics based on cases of food-poisoning per 1000 of population or on the number of inspections turning in bad reports and resulting prosecutions. Because if the latter the logical extension is to do no inspecting, or really shoddy inspecting and prosecute no-one. I think I heard a snippet of local news about one of the other London Boroughs lambasted in this report with a council employee pointing up this anomaly - they got bad press for doing a good job.
Mark you, that does not let Lewisham off the hook for maintaining non-essentials like the Ward Assemblies and Young Mayor while cutting back on statutory services.

Headhunter said...

If the cholesterol, fat and extreme salt don't kill you then the Weils disease infested rat pee will, eh?

Headhunter said...

The Evening Standard article says:

"It looked at three criteria; the proportion of premises ranked as high or medium risk in a local authority that were compliant with food hygiene requirements, the percentage of premises that had been rated for risk, and the proportion of inspections and other follow ups that were carried out by local authority inspectors."



Not exactly sure what that means but it looks like they take into account the number of inspections carried out

terrencetrentderby said...

Nope, just the failing council you insist on defending tooth and nail.

Monkeyboy said...

The performance is poor, its a failure. Is there something about London and other cities that skew the numbers or make enforcement more difficult? its not defending, its looking for root cause.

Carry on with the trolling, and yes i think i WILL have fries with that.

Brockley Nick said...

Not only does the Evening Standard say that, the article above says that.

terrencetrentderby said...

"its not defending, its looking for root cause."


That root cause" would either be a) the inspection team are useless, b) terminally underfunded or c) both. In any of these options the council has failed to prioritise resources. As Tamsin as mentioned there is money for ward assemblies and a sodding young mayor (as if the pointless adult mayor is delivering bang for our bucks).

Headhunter said...

So it does...

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Extra Salmonella sauce on that....

Tamsin said...

Thank you both, I did skim those paragraphs rather than trying to work exactly what they meant. Still not totally clear, but with data simply from "food hygiene enforcement activity" it does seem that the more effectively you do your job in turning out bad practice the more likely your authority is to feature high on the list.

Tamsin said...

The council aren't failing in this department (yet - will do after the changes to licensing and environmental health outlined in the report given to last Wednesday's M&C go through). As I read it London boroughs in general and probably Lewisham in particular are high on the list in part because of the effectiveness of its inspection regime.

NaffSlack said...

Personally i'm sick of these reports constantly putting down Lewisham. Last year we got one of the most unsafe places to live award and now this? House prices are just starting to recover and investment in the area and low interest rates are putting in a new lease of life into an untapped area.


We have some great restaurants popping up in the last year, Rox Burger for one, which is ranked in the top 60 restaurants in the whole of London on trip advisor and also Toto & Peppe, recently opened, now ranked in the 600's. We want people to spend money in Lewisham and not just live by the station and hop on a train elsewhere.


Looking forward to Street Feast again in May and the new development at the Riverdale.


Trying to be positive here!!

high hopes said...

You may be sick of it, but try walking around Lewisham town centre at night at the weekend. There is pretty much no night time economy and streets are empty and it does not feel very safe. Nor does Deptford or Catford. Only the Lewisham bit of Blackheath have much life. Lewisham is famously the borough with no cinema.


Much of this down to local planning policy, which seems to regard the centre as a place to sleep. Lots of developments with new flats for city and canary wharf workers who are wont to look up town for entertainment.


Sometimes we get a neighourhood restaurant that takes off, but for each success there are many ghost restaurants that seen to subsist with few customers probably because their main business is renting cheap rooms to foreign workers.


Lewisham has some nice areas that are attracting newcomers, but large parts of the borough are poor, with the attendant social problems. There is no getting away from that fact and it is reflected in the figures. I guess we could hope for some inspired leadership from local government to encourage new local enterprises. Or maybe we will get a new tube line that will kickstart the local economy.

Nathan Slack said...

It's going to be slow going i agree. Tube is what.. 20 years away?

Yes the town centre is a ghost town after 6 thats why i'm looking forward to the plans for new restaurants along the canal that are planned, by the organisers of the Street Feast at the Model Market. After running these events all over London, Lewisham Street Feast proved the most successful, proving there appetite for something new south of the river.

New bar opening near the Fox and Firkin too, in the old gay bar and the Ravensbourne Tavern has been bought by a pub chain and now its an awesome local pub. The One bar opposite the bingo hall, under new management and is now a "pizzeria"

Several cafes like Corte and The Dessert Factory are now open and the old Chinese restaurant is now a Nigerian restaurant and bar. These are all good signs for Lewisham, now we need a micro brewery to reopen the Market Tavern! and yes a bloody Cinema!!

Maybe i'm in the minority here but i used to live in North London, near Wood Green/ Green Lanes where people got shot a lot. I had problems several times with people trying to mug me or want to start fights with me. Bomb scares at the shopping centre or a stabbing was a monthly thing. I walk down Lewisham High Street and i've never felt unsafe, never seen anyone even skulking around, cept those people that like taking and waz behind the library at the top of my road.

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