Tough control on party hotel

The Malibu Hotel on Albert Road in Blackpool. Its licence is up for review after complaints. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-11-2011

The Malibu Hotel on Albert Road in Blackpool. Its licence is up for review after complaints. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-11-2011

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TOWN hall chiefs have imposed new controls on a controversial stag and hen hotel – but have allowed the venue to keep its alcohol licence.

The Malibu Hotel, on Albert Road, was hauled before a council licensing panel yesterday following a catalogue of complaints about noise and anti-social behaviour.

It was the second time the guesthouse had been before the committee in six months, and follows a five-week closure order imposed by the magistrates court which came to an end on May 30.

Councillors agreed the hotel could carry on serving alcohol but imposed a number of new conditions on the licence.

These include reducing the licensing hours from the current hours of 11am to 3am to 11am to 2am, and ordering a maximum capacity of 110 guests. The venue was also ordered to employ a door supervisor daily from 10pm until 6am.

After the hearing owner Jonathan Hartley (pictured) said he hoped to work with the licensing authorities in future.

He added: “We are going to work more closely with licensing and with our neighbours as well, which is what we should have done before because I think better communication is the key.

“We have already had a door supervisor on this last weekend, and it worked well.

“The lower capacity will enable us to have greater control over people. It means we will have to find alternative accommodation for some of the people we have booked in on the busiest weekends.”

Blackpool Council’s chairman of licensing Coun Norman Hardy, who chaired yesterday’s panel, said officers would continue to check the venue to ensure it adhered to the new conditions.

He said after the hearing: “I have tried to build bridges between the applicant and his neighbours.

“With a licence, the council can always put conditions on and the premises owner is always thinking about those conditions so they don’t breach them.”

The Malibu, which targets the stag and hen trade, has 21 days in which to appeal the council’s decision if it wishes.