Hotel secures alcohol licence after fears answered

The application went before a town hall licensing panel
The application went before a town hall licensing panel
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Fears a 'quiet' Blackpool street could attract rowdy late-night drinkers have been eased after plans for an alcohol licence were scaled back.

Fears a 'quiet' Blackpool street could attract rowdy late-night drinkers have been eased after plans for an alcohol licence were scaled back.

A number of objections had been received after Erika Nemecka asked Blackpool Council for a licence enabling the bar at the Cafe Guest House on Wellington Road, South Shore, to open until 5am with a 24-hour alcohol licence.

Councillors agreed the application after a number of changes were made, but also ordered drinkers could not be served unless they were staying at the hotel, or were genuine friends of the guests.

Nine objections, mainly from guesthouse owners, had been submitted to the council.

In response to concerns, Ms Nemecka withdrew her applications for live music and late-night refreshment and agreed to restrict sales to 11pm.

Following a licensing hearing at Blackpool Town Hall, a panel of councillors granted the application following the amendments which they felt appeased the objections.

The panel had heard it was intended to operate the hotel as a family-run business, catering for 10 staying guests while the cafe would operate during the daytime with capacity for around 20 customers, serving tea, coffee and cakes.

A council notice setting out the decision said objectors had described the street as "relatively quiet", and "their concerns related to people being attracted to this area to drink".

It was feared disturbance could occur in the street at 11pm when drinkers were leaving the premises.

The notice added: "The panel concluded on balance that they were satisfied the crime and disorder and public nuisance objectives would be undermined if sales to non-residents were permitted.

"For this reason they would grant the application, but restrict the sale of alcohol to residents and their bona fide guests."

The applicant has 21 days to appeal the decision if they wish to.