Later hours bid for popular bar

Bosses at Ma Kelly's South want to extend the bar's opening hours. Below: Coun John Jones.
Bosses at Ma Kelly's South want to extend the bar's opening hours. Below: Coun John Jones.
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A Blackpool bar is bidding to extend its opening hours so it can serve booze for longer.

Ma Kelly’s South has applied to Blackpool Council to vary the licence for its premises on Lytham Road, South Shore, so it can sell alcohol until 1am on weekdays and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays - an increase of two hours a night.

Coun John Jones

Coun John Jones

Three objections have been raised by members of the public to the plans.

Two people claim there have been incidents of violence in the pub while another resident, who lives in nearby Bagot Street, says he is disturbed by noise from the premises, which opened its doors last summer.

A town hall licensing hearing is due to be held next Monday, January 13, to consider the application.

Mick Sugden, a director at Ma Kelly’s, said: “There have been no incidents of violence there and the police have not objected to our application.

“We have a good working relationship with the police, full security and CCTV.

“Since we opened in August the pub has done very well, both with local people who do not want to have to go into town, and with visitors staying in the nearby hotels.

“But at the moment, we have to ask them to leave at midnight on a weekend after they have been enjoying the show.

“So because business has been so good, we have applied to extend the opening hours.”

Coun John Jones, councillor for Bloomfield ward which includes the bar, said he had not had any complaints from residents about the venue.

Ma Kelly’s South opened eight months ago following a £250,000 investment to convert a former furniture store adjacent to The Auctioneer Wetherspoons pub.

It is the group’s fourth cabaret bar in Blackpool alongside venues on Dickson Road, Foxhall Road and Chapel Street.

Ma Kelly’s has also recently opened in Fleetwood.

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