A ‘shambolic’ affair at hotel

The New Sunset Hotel in Albert Road

The New Sunset Hotel in Albert Road

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A HOTEL with a “shambolic” management structure has had its premises licence revoked.

The New Sunset Hotel, on Albert Road, will no longer be able to serve alcohol after it was slammed by Blackpool Council for a series of health and safety and licensing breaches.

The council’s licensing committee heard hotel staff had run away from council inspectors, rooms had been packed with rubbish, live electrical wires had been exposed and non-residents had been drinking at the hotel into the early hours of the morning.

Mark Marshall, licensing enforcement officer, said: “It was a shambolic affair with staff members running out the back and Mr (Keith) Marsden (the health and safety inspector) being left in the hotel for over half an hour without anyone stepping into the breach. The designated premises supervisor (DPS) should be someone who is in day to day control and this is certainly not the case at these premises.”

Mr Marshall said each time the hotel had been visited there had been no sign of Jilani Gulham Malik, the DPS, who also failed to attend the licensing hearing. The licence review was supported by the police, with Sergeant Sarah Salisbury highlighting concerns over a lack of CCTV in the premises and serving alcohol to non-residents after midnight.

The committee also heard Mr Malik had failed to pay his premises licence fee for the last three years, and owed the council £770.

Mr Marshall added: “There is little or no management at these premises.”

It was suggested the committee – made up of councillors Tony Lee, Roy Haskett and Norman Hardy – suspend the licence for four weeks to serve as a deterrent, but the decision was made to revoke the licence completely.