A pub beset by problems including missing fire separation doors, filthy toilets and a smoking area heavily contaminated with dog waste and urine has been allowed to continue trading after turning its fortunes around.
But Blackpool Council’s licensing committee has attached a number of new conditions to The Albert Hotel’s licence, after an initial report by Lancashire Police’s licensing department found a catalogue of health and safety defects within the premises, which lies on the corner of Lytham Road and Haig Road, in South Shore.
Among the new conditions attached to the licence are that it will install CCTV equipment within the pub, have monthly inspections undertaken on it by licensing officers and undergo a noise assessment.
A spate of police incidents had been recorded in the 12 months prior to the review being sought.
Sgt Caroline Hannon, who first sought the review, said she was pleased with the outcome of the hearing.
She said: “We’re quite happy with it because we got the conditions we wanted and a new designated premises supervisor in place, so the outcome for the police is satisfactory.”
A spokesman for Blackpool Council said: “The Albert Hotel made a lot of progress with a new designated premises supervisor.
A spokesperson for Enterprise Inns, the pub’s parent company, said: ““We are working closely with the authorities, having implemented all the requirements, and we will continue to do so for the ongoing safety of our publicans and their customers.”
The Albert Hotel - what the neighbours said
Four letters of objection were presented before the hearing.
Christopher Gunn-Malcolm, from Haig Road, said: “When the music is on the volume is unacceptably high.
“This is a residential area and the conduct of The Albert pub is lowering property prices in an already depressed area.”
Catherine Ferguson, from Haig Road, said: “Something needs to be done because there are people in the street that have to be up early every morning for work.”