Noise fears in hotel plan

The New Ryton Hotel in Woodfield Road, Blackpool
The New Ryton Hotel in Woodfield Road, Blackpool
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Plans to bring entertainment to a Blackpool hotel have been opposed by neighbours over noise fears.

The New Ryton Hotel, on Woodfield Road, Blackpool, has applied to Blackpool Council for a new licence which would allow them to host tea dances, comedians and karaoke evenings between 11pm and 2am.

But the bid has caused controversy among the hotel’s neighbours who claim they will be disturbed by “constant noise” from the venue.

Michael Kemp, owner of The Leofric Hotel, on Woodfield Road, said: “I have no objection to the New Ryton’s licence, but I must object to it being open to the general public for cabaret, encouraging all sorts of people to attend.

“Opening up to the public creates all kinds of problems to other hotels and households in the street.

“The New Ryton is, by construction, not sound proofed therefore we, and in particular the Caroldene and Abottsford hotels either side, will have constant noise.”

David Bridges, owner of the Briny View Hotel, on Woodfield Road, added: “We object to music until 2am and also the 2am licence.

“It will create noise in the street and also will affect businesses nearby.

“Outside drinking until 2am is not good for the other hotels as children will be outside and possibly becoming unruly.”

Susan Witty, of the Caroldene Hotel, added: “The last owners of the New Ryton had entertainment on a fairly regular basis and even at its lowest level, it still sounded as if we ourselves were in the audience.

“Even small groups can be heard conversing in the adjoining premises, therefore the noise and crowds associated with live entertainment will be intolerable.”

The New Ryton is a three storey Victorian terraced property which has been converted to a 21 bedroom hotel.

Writing in the application form, Steven Holland, the owner of The New Ryton, states he will prevent crime and disorder by not serving intoxicated people and not allowing people aged under-18 into the Cabaret Lounge after 9pm.

When Mr Holland was contacted by The Gazette he declined to comment on the noise objections raised by neighbours.

The application will be considered at a licensing committee meeting at the Town Hall tomorrow at 10am.

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