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Agenda and draft minutes

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No. Item



To appoint a Chairman for the meeting.


The Licensing Panel considered the appointment of a Chairman for the meeting.




That Councillor Hutton be appointed Chairman for the meeting.



Members are asked to declare any interests in the items under consideration and in doing so state:-


(1) the type of interest concerned


(2) the nature of the interest concerned; and


(3) whether they have or have not sat on a Planning Committee which has previously considered a planning application in respect of a licensed premises which is also subject to consideration for a premises licence as part of the agenda for this meeting.


If any Member requires advice on declarations of interests, they are advised to contact the Head of Democratic Governance in advance of the meeting.


(Members are asked to also pay particular attention to the guidance sheet on interests supplied with the agenda).


There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.



The Chairman of the Panel will summarise the procedure and announce the equal maximum amount of time for each party to speak for the hearing.


A.         Items 1 and 4 (b) will be undertaken in private session by the Panel and not in the Meeting Room.

B.         Items 2, 3, 4(a) and 4(c) will be recommended to the Panel to be held in public.

C.         The Panel may decide to exclude the public from all or part of a hearing where it considers that the public interest in so doing outweighs the public interest in the hearing, or that part of the hearing, taking place in public. (This includes a party and any person assisting or representing a party)


The Chairman explained the procedure for the meeting, including the order in which the applicant and objector would be heard and that the decision of the Panel would be communicated in writing within five-working days.



To consider an application to vary a premise licence for the Mardi Gras Hotel, 41-43 Lord Street, Blackpool, FY1 2BD.

Additional documents:


The Panel considered an application to vary a Premises Licence for the Mardi Gras Hotel, 41-43 Lord Street, Blackpool, FY1 2BD.


The applicant, Mr John Street, owner Mardi Gras Hotel, accompanied by Ms Angela Baddley and Ms Frances Joyce (Legends Hotel) and Mr Stephen Blanchard (previous owner of the Mardi Gras), outlined the case for approving the application. Mr Street stated that he had taken ownership of the hotel in February 2020, before which it had been closed for approximately two and a half years. They also informed the Panel that since taking ownership they had undertaken extensive renovations to improve the hotel and raise its profile as a safe venue for members of the LGBTQ+ community, in particular those in the Trans community. He further emphasised that the hotel would not be a ‘party’ location and that the application would prevent the sale of alcohol after 12.30pm and ensure the outside terrace would close at 10.00pm. To ensure that the hotel was a safe place to visit Mr Street explained that wide-angle CCTV cameras had been installed.


Ms Frances Joyce, owner of the Legends Hotel, added that she and Ms Baddley, operated the neighbouring Legends Hotel and had no objections to the application. Mr Blanchard added that he believed Mr Street to be a responsible owner and would look after the hotel.


The Panel queried how Mr Street would prevent alcohol being taken outside of the venue after 10.00pm. In response he explained that the new CCTV cameras would allow staff to monitor activity outside of the hotel and act if anyone was not complying with the rules.


Mr Tim Allen, on behalf of the objectors, asked what had been done, if anything, to reduce noise nuisance from entertainment from the hotel and how it would be separated from the hotel’s bar area. Mr Street responded that entertainment would be conducted in a separate room from the bar. He added that there were no current plans for regular entertainment and that if undertaken in future it would be low volume in nature.


The coverage of the new wide angle CCTV cameras was also queried by Mr Allen. In response Mr Street explained that the cameras would cover Lord Street, to the front of the hotel, twenty-four hours a day and that they would make them available to the Police if needed.


Mr Allen, representing Ms Ashley Harris (Rubens Hotel) and Councillor Ivan Taylor (Ward Member) outlined their objections to the application. Mr Allen stated that the noise nuisance from the hotel could potentially be created and that the thin nature of the buildings walls would mean that it negatively impacted on neighbouring properties, making the hotel unsuitable as a public bar. Although the objectors welcomed the installation of wide-angle CCTV cameras they expressed concern that late night drinking at the hotel could lead to instance of crime and disorder. Therefore due to the creation of public nuisance through noise and the potential for crime and disorder Mr Allen  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.