TV show hotel licence bid

The Vidella Hotel, Dickson Road, Blackpool
The Vidella Hotel, Dickson Road, Blackpool
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A Blackpool hotel which featured on a top TV show has been granted a new alcohol licence by the council despite objections from some neighbours.

The operators of The Vidella on Dickson Road, North Shore, had sought to sell booze to non-residents until 11.30pm and to residents 24 hours a day.

But two objections were received following the application by the hotel which featured on Channel Five show The Hotel Inspector in 2014.

It was claimed the licence to sell alcohol to non-residents would lead to noise and disruption.

In her letter to the council, Denise Bull said there was “already enough alcohol being sold on Dickson Road, whether it be off-licences or clubs”.

Another objector, Laura Chesters said it was “not fair on residents in the area having to put up with the noise”.

Applicant Gary Hargreaves said in his submission: “We will be serving alcohol in the designated bar areas to be consumed on the premises only.

“CCTV will cover all aspects of the licensed area and no children will be allowed in the bar area.”

Following a licensing hearing, a council panel agreed to the licence but pegged the hours back so alcohol can only be sold to non-residents until 11pm Monday to Saturday and until 10pm on Sunday.

In announcing their decision, the panel made up of Coun Adrian Hutton, Coun Martin Mitchell and Coun David O’Hara, said: “Having considered all the representations made, the panel did not believe there would be an adverse impact on the licensing objectives if this licence was granted.

“However, the panel was concerned that alcohol sales could be made right up until the moment the hotel closed to non-residents.

“Conflict could be caused if someone buys a drink and is immediately asked to leave.

“For this reason the panel has restricted the terminal hour for the sale of alcohol to non-residents to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 10pm on Sunday.”

A condition was also attached that alcohol must only be served in the dining room by waiter or waitress service.

Hotel Inspector host Alex Polizzi, herself a former hotelier, spent five weeks at The Vidella in 2013 filming for the hit TV show.