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Licensing Decisions
Friday, 21st February, 2014

Verona Hotel

The Application

The Verona Hotel, 40-46 Tyldesley Road Blackpool has the benefit of a premises licence authorising the sale of alcohol 24 hours a day.

Since 2005, the licence holders .have been Peter and Ann Marie Wilkinson, Mrs Wilkinson is also the DPS

The Licensing Act 2003 requires that an annual fee is paid on the anniversary of the grant of the licence, The fee payable depends on the non-domestic rateable of the premises, In this case the annual fee is £70 and it is due on 3rd September each year. The lannual fee has never been paid for this licence..

In 2012, changes were made to the Licensing Act 2003 to enable licences to be suspended for non-payment of the annual fee 21 days after the fee was due, This licence was suspended on 25th September 2013 and remains suspended to date.

On 3rd January 2014, the licensing service received an application to review this premises licence, A copy of the application is attached.

The Applicant

The review was submitted by the licensing authority

Relevant Representations

No representations have been received

Local Policy Considerations


National Guidance

Where the licensing authority considers that action under its statutory powers are necessary, it may take the following steps:
1. Modify the conditions of the premises licence
2. Exclude a licensable activity
3. Remove the Designated Premises Supervisor (if licence authorises sale of alcohol)
4. Suspend the licence for a period not exceeding three months
5. Revoke the licence.


On 6th January 2014 , the licensing service sent a letter about the review to the licence holders at their last known address which is the Verona Hotel. This letter was returned "3 sets of flats which one?" Previous correspondence has been returned "gone away"

Background Papers


Members are requested to consider revoking this licence

Record of Hearing

In accordance with the Licensing Act 2003

Panel Members

Councillor Wright, in the Chair Councillors Evans and Smith

Declarations of Interests

There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.

Panel Advisers

Mrs S Davies, Principal Solicitor- Licensing
Mr L Beattie, Clerk to the meeting- Democratic Services

Applicant/Applicant's Representative(s) in attendance

Mr M Marshall, Licensing Authority

Other Parties

Time permitted to speak

In the absence of the Licence Holder, it was merely agreed that the representative of the Licensing Authority addressed the Panel briefly
Time Hearing Commenced

11:35 AM
Time Hearing Terminated

11:55 AM

The Panel considered the representations made, the Council's Statement of Licensing Policy and the Secretary of State's guidance issued on the Licensing Act.

The Panel noted the evidence of the Licensing Authority that the licence had been suspended since 2012 and no contact had been made by the Licence Holder. The Licensing Authority's opinion that the premises were no longer operating was also noted.

The Panel considered that given the lack of contact with the Licence Holder, the only way it could be satisfied that the Licensing Objectives were being promoted was to revoke the Premises Licence.


That the Premises Licence for the Verona Hotel, 40-46 Tyldesley Road be revoked.