Hoteliers hope ban is end to all misery

Hoteliers outside 25 Vance Road, Blackpool.
Hoteliers outside 25 Vance Road, Blackpool.
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Hoteliers today pledged to continue monitoring a property which has been a magnet for anti-social behaviour in Blackpool’s holiday heartland.

As reported in yesterday’s Gazette, a judge has granted a partial closure order on 25 Vance Road.

It means troublesome tenants have been evicted, while any new tenants must be vetted by the council.

The order, which runs for three months, was granted at Blackpool Magistrates Court by District Judge Jeff Brailsford.

Residents, police and the council took action after police attended 39 incidents in just six months centering on the property.

Hoteliers, who had been fighting for seven years to get something done, today welcomed the order but said they would continue to monitor the premises.

Charlie Docherty, chairman of the Central Holiday Area PACT (police and community together), said: “We hope it sends out a signal that we are not prepared to lose our businesses due to places like this being allowed to operate in the holiday area.

“Hopefully it will also send out a message to the landlords of other similar properties in this area.

“All we are asking is to bring it up to scratch and bring decent people in as tenants so they are not making our lives a misery.

“We will continue to monitor the property and we can go back to court if the order is broken.”

Lionel Invine, owner of the Lymbar Hotel on Vance Road, said: “For the first time the owner of the property will have to take responsibility, so we are happy with that.

“It has been a long fight and there were 270 pages of statements given to the court in support of the order.

“The owner has to meet with the council and the police regularly for 12 weeks on a management plan for the building.

“If she doesn’t do what she has to, it will go straight back to court.”

Steven Keates, owner of the Apollo Hotel on Vance Road, added: “I am pleased with the outcome although it has taken a long time to get here.

“If it had been closed down completely it would have emptied, but they have gone down the line of better management.

“One of the tenants was evicted within a couple of hours of the order.”

The house is used as permanent flats for DSS claimants by owner Jayne Bird and became the target of complaints about drug use, prostitution and other anti-social behaviour.

The order prohibits access to the premises by all persons at all times until it ceases on January 26 next year.

However, the judge allowed five tenants to continue to live there as they had not been involved in any anti-social behaviour complaints.

Any new tenant will only be allowed in the building subject to vetting by the council who will assist in the management of the premises.

Two of Jayne Bird’s employees will be allowed on the premises as will contractors with written permission.