Hotel to go ahead

The proposed site in East Topping Street of a new four star hotel in Blackpool
The proposed site in East Topping Street of a new four star hotel in Blackpool
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A move to overturn a decision to spend £14m of council money on building a four star hotel in Blackpool has failed.

Coun Tony Williams, leader of the Conservatives on Blackpool Council, had called in the decision made by the ruling Labour executive.

But at a meeting last night, his call for a rethink was rejected.

It means the scheme to build a hotel on the site of St John’s Car Park in East Topping Street will go ahead.

The council will borrow around £11.3m, with the other £2.7m coming out of the existing development pot for the Talbot Gateway Central Business District.

It is expected the 130-bedroom hotel will be a Holiday Inn.

The council says Blackpool needs more high quality accommodation to meet business and conference demand, and its investment will be repaid through hotel profits.