Drugs raid Blackpool hotel loses licence
A Blackpool hotel which was at the centre of a drugs raid last year has been stripped of its alcohol licence.
A council licensing panel revoked the licence held by The New President Hotel on North Promenade following an application by Lancashire Police.
Officers who raided the premises in November last year found a large cannabis factory and machetes hidden on the premises following reports that an ‘East European gang’ had taken over the building.
Fire chiefs supported the licence review, raising concerns about risks including the lack of a fire alarm.
Following the hearing, which was held in private due to the sensitivity of the ongoing police investigation, the council released a statement confirming the licence had been revoked.
It said: “Following the discovery of a large cannabis cultivation at the President Hotel, North Promenade, an application was made by Lancashire Police licensing department for the premises licence at the hotel to be revoked on the grounds that the level of criminality at the premises seriously undermined the licensing objectives of prevention of crime and disorder and public safety.
“This application was supported by representations from the licensing authority, the child protection licensing officer and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service(LFRS) who all expressed concerns regarding the activity at the hotel.
“LFRS expressed concerns regarding the dangerous condition of the premises, firstly in respect of the electricity meter being by-passed, but also how the hotel was compartmentalised and lack of fire alarm, all of which constituted a serious fire risk.
“Following the hearing, the licensing panel, having considered the evidence presented, determined that it was appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives that the premises licence was revoked.”
The licence, held by Eastview Leisure Limited with Mrs Elizabeth Margaret Walsh named as the director of the company, allowed alcohol to be sold between 10am and 2am in the show bar, and between 10am and 2.30am in the First Floor Bar seven days a week, as well as entertainment.
Mrs Walsh has 21 days in which to appeal the decision.