Blackpool hotel catering for swingers keeps licence

The council's licensing committee heard the Crystal Hotel mainly attracted well-behaved guests
The council's licensing committee heard the Crystal Hotel mainly attracted well-behaved guests
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Claims naked swingers could be seen gyrating through the windows of a Blackpool hotel have been dismissed.

Despite numerous complaints about the Crystal Hotel, which caters for car key-swapping couples, councillors heard well-behaved guests spend ‘half the night eating fish and chips and watching Who Wants to be A Millionnaire?’

It’s fish and chips and Who Wants to be a Millionnaire for the first half of the evening and in the second what goes on is anyone’s guess

The Crystal Road hotel’s alcohol licence was called for review at the town hall yesterday 
afternoon after new manager Steven Pegler failed to 
complete crucial paperwork for several months.

Councillors decided against revoking the licence after being told Mr Pegler had since completed an application to become the venue’s new licence holder and that most complaints were unsubstantiated.

But they did order the hotel to keep its back yard closed to guests between midnight and 7am to prevent neighbouring properties being disturbed.

Licensing officer Mark Marshall told the meeting a couple in their 70s who live nearby have been complaining about the hotel sporadically for almost a decade.

He said: “We have visited the hotel a huge amount of times and we are not finding the issues that are being described.”

Mr Marshall said the pair have been graphic in their complaints, but said their claims ‘naked flesh could be seen through bedroom windows’ could not be stood up.

“Unless there are mirrors on the ceiling – and there are not – it’s impossible,” he said.

“The hotel has black out blinds and no signs to say its anything other than an ordinary building.

“You would think you are walking into a normal hotel. It’s only when you get behind the door of the playroom you realise it’s different.

“It’s fish and chips and Who Wants to be a Millionnaire for the first half of the evening and in the second what goes on is anyone’s guess.”

‘This is a 10-year dispute between an elderly couple and the hotel’

Although council officials have visited the Crystal Hotel on numerous occasions over the past decade, they found little to concern them, the meeting heard.

But councillors were told a rear yard, often used for smoking and drinking until dawn in summer ‘was interfering’ with neighbouring properties.

They also heard one guest was caught urinating in a back alley, and urged the hotel to install a toilet on its ground floor to stop it happening again.

Licensing officer Mark Marshall said he had sympathy for the elderly couple behind most of the complains lodged but added: “I can’t turn around and say we have a lot of families living in that locality complaining. This is a 10-year-long dispute between an elderly couple and the hotel.”

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