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Published on January 10th, 2011 | by Dean Carr


Blackpool bar looses it’s licence to sell alcohol

A TOWN centre bar, branded the worst in Blackpool for under-age drinking, has closed its doors after having its licence suspended.
The Tapas Bar on Queen Street will be closed for six weeks after record failures in under-age test purchases carried out by police and Trading Standards officers.

Staff were caught out four times by 15 and 16-year-old test buyers in 14 months – more than any other licensed premises in Blackpool.

At a hearing of Blackpool Council’s licensing committee in October, licensee John Davies was also criticised for allowing a man on the Pubwatch banned list into the bar and failing to service fire extinguishers.

In his defence, Mr Davies’s representative said a number of police and Trading Standards complaints had been addressed and agreed to a number of license conditions.

The bar closed on Monday morning and reopens on Monday February 18.

Coun Henry Mitchell, chairman of the Licensing Committee, said the ban was a sign the council will come down hard on pubs that serve alcohol to under-age drinkers.

He said: “There is a strong message going out now, loud and clear, that breaches of regulations will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely.

“People are now aware that we are not a soft touch and will take strong action against licensees who fail test purchases and breach other regulations.

“If we are going to clear up the resort and make it more family-friendly, this type of action is essential.”

Coun Mitchell added that the suspension would give the bar a chance to put their house in order.

He said: “It’s a good chance for them to revamp and reassess.

“They can now make sure they get everything right before reopening.”

Licensee John Davies said that the bar was taking all necessary steps to put things right.

“We will take this opportunity to do the bar up and do a bit of a refurbishment,” he said.

“We’re trying to make the bar an all- round better place to be and we will be using all poly-carbonate glasses, install a club scan (ID check) system and make the place over 21s.

“We want to put this all behind us and make sure it doesn’t happen again by working together with the licensing department and the police.”

Source: Blackpool Gazette,  Date published; 8th January 2011

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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