A Blackpool MP wants to spark a revival for town centre traders by getting an iconic bar back in business.
Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, wants the owners of the Blue Room, Enterprise Inns, to find a new licensee and in turn re-open the bar, boosting Church Street and the surrounding area.
Mr Marsden issued the call after a survey of shops and people in the area.
He said: “‘Church Street has had a bit of a Cinderella existence in recent years with the pressures all small businesses face with changing shopping habits, rising costs and of course the difficult economic climate on the high street.
“Yet it’s an area which still has good independent shops and outlets.
“I would like to see Enterprise Inns playing their part by actively seeking an enthusiastic licensee or a community group who could help the Blue Room once again to be a vibrant part of an important town quarter.”
The Blue Room closed in July after facing struggles seen by many independently run pubs in a recession.
The venue, on Church Street, opposite the former Syndicate nightclub, was famed for the wide range of bands it put on.
Mr Marsden added: “As well as writing to Enterprise Inns over the Blue Room, I hope our Back Blackpool Businesses Campaign can give the area some innovation and profile.”
Mr Marsden’s Back Blackpool Businesses Campaign was launched to encourage the town’s small and medium sized businesses to make full use of a Government scheme that allows businesses to appeal against a bank’s decision to deny them finance.
Talbot ward councillors Sarah Riding and Mark Smith met Natwest regional and local bank managers last week to urge stronger support for such businesses.
Coun Mark Smith: “If we have a focal point open, in this case The Blue Room, it helps other businesses to thrive.”
A spokesman for Enterprise Inns said: “We would like to reassure the residents of Blackpool that the closure of the Blue Room is temporary and that we are actively recruiting for a new publican with the passion and drive to take the business forward. As part of this, there will be a recruitment open day at the pub from 2pm to 5pm, on Wednesday and anyone interested about finding out more about this pub business and making an appointment at the open day can contact Satinder Lahory on 0121 256 3123.”