Nail bar fumes ‘left inspector feeling dizzy’

Friday, 1st July — By Charlotte Chambers and Ritika Bhoora

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AN upmarket nail bar that has been featured in Vogue magazine has faced complaints from neighbours who say they are living with the smell of polish.

Islington Council must now decide whether to renew the special treatment licence for London Grace in Camden Passage. The company, which has 10 branches across London and its own brand of nail polish, says it has won all previous appeals and taken action requested by officials.

Complainants say that smells leak into their bedrooms and living room, and environmental health officers have visited their homes for assessment.

One report, released to residents under the Freedom of Information Act, showed officials describing feeling “extremely nauseous” and “dizzy” from the fumes during a site visit.

In relation to this, London Grace says it later installed a new ventilation system and gaps were sealed in the building.

It also says it carried out further measures suggested by the Town Hall and that there were no complaints on record after 2018.

But residents say they keep their windows open, even in the cold, to avoid the smell.

As a part of a case report given to the licensing team, Jan Hart from Islington’s Public Protection said the there were “concerns” that “the premises is not structurally suitable for the provision of the licensable treatments being sought”.

Michelle Webb from Environmental Health said there was “not a straightforward solution to resolving the odour nuisance” and questioned whether the premises were a “suitable location’ for a nail bar.

London Grace told the Tribune yesterday (Thursday): “We strongly refute any allegations made by the residents and no nuisance has ever been found despite various investigations from Islington Council.”

A licensing meeting was postponed earlier this week and the council has not confirmed a date for a new hearing.

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