Troubled pub loses licence

The Waterloo, Blackpool / pub / hotel /
The Waterloo, Blackpool / pub / hotel /
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A FAMOUS Blackpool pub has been stripped of its licence after failing to meet health and safety regulations.

The Waterloo Hotel on Waterloo Road, South Shore, had its licence revoked by a panel of councillors who heard the hostelry was in dire need of investment.

It was the second time the premises, run by landlord Michael Rowe, had been hauled before a council licensing panel in recent times.

After the hearing, licensing chairman Coun Norman Hardy, who chaired the panel, said: “It was the second time the Waterloo had been before us in more or less 14 months, based on the same reasons of health and safety.

“Last time we suspended the licence for four weeks.

“This time, we looked at options including a three-month suspension, but felt this would not take us forward. By the owner’s own admission, the premises needs investment and in fact he has closed the pub down himself.

“We appreciate the Waterloo is a very famous Blackpool pub and we did not take this decision lightly.

“However the safety of the public must come first, and even though the pub has closed, we wanted to make it clear it could not open again.”

Among the concerns raised at the hearing was a damaged trap door, and fluorescent lights suspended from the ceiling by wire.

The panel was told the premises had been closed since the end of last November and the property has now been boarded up.

The decision notice said: “Mr Rowe tells us the premises have not been opened since the end of November 2012 and he does not intend to re-open until he finds an investor to come in and help him operate the business.

“Health and Safety tell us that in their opinion Mr Rowe has neither the means nor the desire to operate the premises to meet minimum legal requirements.”

Mr Rowe has 21 days in which to challenge the decision.

The pub’s famous bowling green, which first held the Crown Green Championships in 1907, is now run as a separate operation from the pub.