Anger at sauna late booze bid

The Honeycombe sauna, Egerton Rd, Blackpool.

The Honeycombe sauna, Egerton Rd, Blackpool.

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RESIDENTS are fighting a bid by a gay sauna to sell alcohol into the early hours of the morning.

People fear the move will mean the Honeycombe Sauna on Egerton Road, North Shore, will be hosting late night drinking parties in what is a largely residential area.

Now they are calling on town hall chiefs to turn down the application by Chris Maher.

But he has pledged to ensure all visitors to the sauna drink responsibly.

Mr Maher, of The Touchwood Hotel, St Chad’s Road, South Shore, has applied to Blackpool Council for a licence to sell alcohol at the Honeycombe between 11am and 3am from Thursday to Sunday, and between 11am and 1am the rest of the week.

Father-of-two Anthony Thorpe, of Egerton Road, said: “We have lived here for 11 years and it is a nice area.

“There are lots of families with young children living here, and elderly people, and we do not want a venue on our doorstep which has a late night drinks licence.

“This is a residential area and it is just not appropriate to have the possibility of late night parties going on.”

Sid Willis, of the Tuck In Cafe on Egerton Road, added: “If you are going to have a sauna, why would you want to be drinking at 3am in the morning?

“If they are going to be serving alcohol into the early hours of the morning, it will be very noisy and disruptive to the residents who live nearby.”

The area’s ward councillor Ivan Taylor is backing the residents in their campaign.

He said: “I have had people express concern to me about the Honeycombe Sauna.

“I would not be supporting an extension of the hours in that area because it is fundamentally a residential area.

“There are families living in the area and that’s the way we want to try and keep it.”

However Mr Maher said: “I could allow customers to bring their own drinks in and I would not have to have a licence for that.

“But I want to run an orderly place and to have control over my customers which is why I have applied to the council for a licence.

“As a hotelier I already have an alcohol licence and I have never had any problems.

“There isn’t going to be any loud music or people getting legless.”