Barron's Hotel boss challenges complaints about his premises in battle for new alcohol licence from council

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A hotelier has dismissed claims the police are regularly called to his premises due to rowdy behaviour and pledged to operate a high-quality restaurant and bar if his licence is approved.

Jose Sanchez told a council licensing panel The Barron's Hotel on Hornby Road wanted to offer customers a place "where they can order food and then relax afterwards with a drink."

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Mr Sanchez has had to apply for a new premises licence after his previous licence lapsed when his company Deneaspa Limited was dissolved last September.

He is seeking permission to serve alcohol to hotel guests 24 hours, with the premises open to the public daily from 11am until 11pm.

A licensing hearing was held after an objection was made by Talbot ward councillor Mark Smith, who said he was representing other residents and businesses in the area who had complained about anti-social behaviour linked to the Barron's Hotel.

Coun Smith said: "I have received many complaints regarding anti-social behaviour, and have witnessed it myself having seen four police cars outside the hotel while walking around the ward. It has also been raised at nearly every hotel business meeting, held once a month in the ward."

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Coun Smith added he feared the operators were seeking to open a public bar rather than just use the alcohol licence as part of the restaurant offer. He told the hearing: "I don't think we need a late-night bar there, we have plenty in the town centre. It felt to me the intention was always to have a vertical drinking establishment."

He claimed the council had been 'misled' at a previous licensing hearing into granting a licence based on promises the restaurant would be "serving good food with a Michelin-starred chef."

But "before the ink had dried on the licence", the hotel had put signs in its windows "promoting itself as a bar".

But Mr Sanchez said regular visits by the police were due to the police wanting to know who was staying at the hotel, or in relation to issues with individual guests not related to the alcohol licence. He said the hotel had now "been taken off the police radar" after a meeting with PC Guy Harrison of Blackpool Police.

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It had been agreed not to go ahead with a late-night refreshment licence while other conditions agreed with the police, who did not object to the licence application, covered the use of CCTV and the closure of all windows by 11pm.

Mr Sanchez said: "Some neighbours have come to me and are supportive of us. There are a lot of airbnbs in the street which do not have restaurant facilities. We just want to provide a good quality restaurant and bar where people can enjoy some food and have a relaxed drink."

The panel retired to consider their decision which will be published by the council within five working days.

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