A HOTELIER today hit back at town hall chiefs who claim his premises are dragging Blackpool down.
Jonathan Hartley, of The Malibu Hotel on Albert Road, deliberately targets stag and hen groups, and says his guests are helping boost the resort’s tourism economy.
But the council has now written to him warning the premises could be shut down unless he gets his house in order.
The 24-year-old graduate, who operates two other hotels in Blackpool, says he has invested £250,000 in what was a derelict property and admits he has created a party hotel.
He warned the town “cannot afford to turn its back on the stag and hen market.”
He said: “From my experience I have realised you cannot mix the stag and hens with the families, and I wouldn’t want to do that.
“That is why I have opened this hotel, away from the Promenade which is for the families, and close to the town centre where the clubs are.
“We are bringing in 150 people to Blackpool each weekend, and they each have about £100 to £200 in their pockets to spend in the town.
“What we have found is a huge market in Blackpool, and we are being scrutinised by the council because of the success of it.
“We have done everything asked of us and warn our guests they will be evicted for excessive noise.
“Blackpool cannot afford to turn its back on the stag and hen market. It’s like Vegas saying we don’t want gamblers.”
The 30-room hotel charges £20 a night for en-suite rooms, the largest of which sleeps seven guests.
But neighbouring hotels have complained about noise and anti-social behaviour leading to the venue being hauled before a council licensing committee last December.
A meeting of the council’s Licensing Committee was told last month hotels like The Malibu were the reason why Blackpool needed to introduce a hotel licensing scheme which would drive standards up.
Following the licence review, a panel of councillors agreed the hotel could keep its licence but banned alcohol being served between 3am and 11am, ordered Mr Hartley to install CCTV and restricted the number of people allowed in the bar area to 50.
Now council chiefs have written to him warning of further action including the possibility of a closure notice being issued against the business.
But Mr Hartley said : “We do not accept any form anti-social behaviour on our premises, our guests are simply here to enjoy themselves and enjoy what Blackpool offers.”