‘Install gates or I’m selling up!’

Hoteliers from Derby Road, say some people are drug dealing, urinating and fly tipping in the alleyway behind their businesses and are calling out for alleygates to tackle the problem.
Hoteliers from Derby Road, say some people are drug dealing, urinating and fly tipping in the alleyway behind their businesses and are calling out for alleygates to tackle the problem.
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A hotelier has put his business up for sale because of the trouble caused by people gaining access to an alleyway behind the premises.

Steve Smith, owner of The Benson Hotel, on Derby Road, North Shore, claims he has seen drug dealing, fly tipping and people urinating behind his business because there is nothing to stop people gaining access.

The 50-year-old says he first called for Blackpool Council to install alleygates in May last year, but is still waiting for something to be done.

In the meantime, he says people have stopped staying at his hotel to avoid witnessing the undesirable acts.

He told The Gazette: “There’s something happening all the time.

“I’ve found dead dogs here and it’s all because we have no gates.

“People drop rubbish and when the wind is blowing around it gets rubbish everywhere, then drunks come round and start arguing in the street.

“We are desperate to get something but the council won’t phone us back.”

Coun Sylvia Taylor, ward councillor for Claremont, said: “We have put in for the alleygates and I don’t know why they haven’t been done.

“It takes a while to get them sorted because they have to be advertised in the free council paper first.

“He only phoned us last week and we’ve been away on holiday, so this is the first time I’ve been able to get back to him. It’s just a matter of sorting it out with the people who do the gates and finding out when we can get them done.”

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