Licence hearing date for ‘filthy’ pub

The Albert Hotel pub in Blackpool and (below) asbestos stored in the pub.

The Albert Hotel pub in Blackpool and (below) asbestos stored in the pub.

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Blackpool Council’s licensing panel is to review a pub accused of breaking a number of health and safety rules.

A decision will be taken tomorrow at the town hall by the panel regarding the future of The Albert Hotel in Lytham Road, South Shore.

Asbestos found in The Albert Hotel pub in Lytham Road, Blackpool

Asbestos found in The Albert Hotel pub in Lytham Road, Blackpool

Following several inspections in February, the pub was accused of breaking health and safety laws, including poor cleanliness, blocked fire exits, fire hazards, filthy conditions in the cellar and asbestos in the boiler room area.

In a council report, health and safety manager Mark Marshall said: “A cursory inspection revealed numerous concerns including a bolted fire exit from the gents toilets, a filthy disorganised glass wash area, excessive combustibles stored in the cellar, uncontrolled hazardous chemicals, dangerous electrical installations, a suspect gas appliance and storage of waste asbestos.”

A police report compiled by Sgt Caroline Hannon, from Blackpool Police, revealed a spate of incidents at the pub in the last 12 months, including a fight between two women, a Samurai sword being taken into the bar and a man slashed outside the pub.

Representations made by people living in the area said the pub has high noise levels, with bands playing into the early hours of the morning.

The pub licence holder, Enterprise Inns, has an agreement with the City of Westminster Council to cover health and safety regulation.

A spokesman for the City of Westminster said the council had agreed a number of policies and procedures with Entreprise Inns.

He confirmed the asbestos had been removed from the property but said it was “unacceptable” contractors had not taken it earlier.

However he stressed there were “adequate” systems to deal with asbestos, gas and electricity, but contractors would be contacted about the other issues with the building.

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