Report of the City Surveyor.
The Committee received a report of the City Surveyor detailing the latest position on the City’s trial to increase the operating temperature of Smithfield Market’s Condenser Water Cooling System, which provides cooling to the Market Tenants’ refrigeration equipment.
The Chairman highlighted that the full trial to increase the operating temperature had commenced on 18 October 2016 and not 2015 as stated in the body of the report.
In response to a question regarding the discharge of refrigerant gas referred to within the report and any legal implications this might have, the City Surveyor confirmed that the City, as landlord, will be writing to remind tenants of their responsibilities regarding Health and Safety and the need to comply with relevant regulations, and seeking their assurances their refrigeration equipment is compliant. It was recognised that older equipment used by tenants might not comply with current regulations.
With regard to enforcement, the Comptroller and City Solicitor stated that the City could enforce as landlord and that, ultimately, offending tenants could be made to forfeit their lease.
RESOLVED – That, Members note the contents of the report.