The owner of a filthy takeaway told inspectors his business had become littered with rotting meat, flies and dirt because ‘he was lazy.’ The owner of the Oriental Palace in Heswall gave the rather blunt explanation for the state of the premises after a damning inspection by Wirral Council’s Environmental Health team in December. A Freedom of Information request shows that the inspection found rotting meat on the floor, work tops caked in grease, and flies in the food at the Telegraph Road premises. According to the Environmental Health report, staff at Oriental Palace were repeatedly warned to ensure proper cleaning measures were in placed – but when asked on its most recent inspection, the owner admitted no cleaning had been done in weeks, stating:”I am lazy”. The officers found ‘filthy conditions throughout’ the business as well as other issues that presented ‘significant risk to human health.’ Inspectors uncovered rotting food with insects and flies inside as well as mouldy chopping boards and filthy hand contact points such as sockets and light switches. The eatery was rated zero star by environmental health officers, who said their confidence in the vendor as a food operator was ‘extremely low’. The following standards were recorded – Hygienic food handling: Urgent improvement necessary Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building: Urgent improvement necessary Management of food safety: Major improvement necessary According to the Government’s Food Standards Agency website, the December inspection and subsequent zero star rating is the latest rating given to the business.