Blackpool bar wins late licence approval

Lord's Bar which has been granted a licence and (below) Coun Christine Wright.
Lord's Bar which has been granted a licence and (below) Coun Christine Wright.
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A Blackpool bar has been granted a late night licence – despite objections from neighbours worried about noise and the potential for pole-dancing at the venue.

But a Blackpool Council licensing panel pegged back the requested opening hours for Lord’s Bar, which has taken over premises on the corner of Gynn Square formerly occupied by the Rock of Ages bar and more recently the Paparazzi Restaurant.

Coun Christine Wright

Coun Christine Wright

They agreed to allow owner Ian Roache to serve alcohol from 10am until 12.30pm Sunday to Thursdays, and until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Mr Roache had applied for a 2am licence after the existing licence for the premises was revoked when the previous business went bankrupt.

He was also told there could be no adult entertainment at the venue, no performance of dance and sound levels must be controlled.

Panel chairman Coun Christine Wright said: “We grant the licence but we are very conscious of the fact it is a residential area and there is the potential for noise disturbance with people leaving the premises, so we have decided to reduce the hours.”

Objections had been received from Sally Petrie and Joy Williams, who live on North Promenade.

Ms Petrie said: “It is a family area, quiet and residential at the moment but allowing Lord’s Bar to open until 2am will change the area.”

She added that during sound checks she had been able to hear music in her property, while fears were 
also raised the bar could be used for adult entertainment such as pole-dancing.

But solicitor Trevor Colebourne, on behalf of Mr Roache, said there was no intention of putting on adult entertainment at the venue.

He added: “There is no question of any adult entertainment, no pole-dancing and no performance of dance of that tenure.

“Regarding noise, Blackpool Council has checked the premises and is satisfied, but Mr Roache has installed further sound-proofing.”

Mr Roache has 28 days to appeal the decision.

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