Bar boss fined for breach

Nellie Dean's, Promenade, Blackpool and (below) Stephen Pierre.

Nellie Dean's, Promenade, Blackpool and (below) Stephen Pierre.

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The boss of two Blackpool bars has admitted breaches of their licence.

Stephen Pierre is a director of Utopia Music Associates Ltd which runs Nellie Dean’s on North Promenade and the Galleon Bar on Abingdon Street.

Stephen Pierre

Stephen Pierre

Pierre admitted three offences relating to Nellie Dean’s and one for the Galleon but following the hearing claimed he had been treated “heavy handedly” by Blackpool Council.

He said: “It has been very disappointing.

“I think we have been treated very heavy handedly by the council.

“If I am being made an example of then in the interest of transparency and fairness every other bar in Blackpool should be treated the same if they leave a door open.”

Appearing at Blackpool Magistrates Court by summons, Pierre pleaded guilty to allowing internal doors to be left open at Nellie Dean’s in breach of the premises licence.

He also admitted two offences of allowing staff members to distribute printed fliers for Nellie Dean’s without having a £1,000 licence from the council.

The prosecutor told Blackpool Magistrates:”The reason this fee was brought in is to try to control the distribution of fliers which often end up on the roads and pavements. They are also stuck on walls and buildings which costs the council money to scrape off.”

The court heard that Pierre’s company paid staff £6.50 an hour to give out fliers and they were twice caught by council staff.

The offence at the Galleon bar involved selling staff alcohol almost two hours after the bar’s 4am closing time.

The breach of licence was noticed by police who watched CCTV film from the premises while investigating another issue. Pierre told the court that he thought a man delivering gas to Nellie Dean’s may have left the vestibule doors open allowing the DJ’s music to be heard outside. He said he had tried to negotiate a fee for the fliers with the council but they would not do so.

The court heard the member of staff responsible for allowing the alcohol to be served after time at the Galleon had been dismissed.

Pierre added: “The breach at the Galleon is very regretful.

“We tried to negotiate a pro rata fee for the promoters licence but the council didn’t even get back to me.”

Utopia Music was fined a total of £4,400.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “All bars who leaflet the town centre have supported our licencing scheme with the exception of Nellie Dean’s who failed to do so despite a number of warnings and extensive discussions.

“As a result, we saw fit to prosecute and the court has made its decision.”

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