Blackpool hotelier seeks new license after fire risk shutdown

Alan Diamond, who was punished for breaking fire safety rules and putting guests at risk, is seeking a new premises license for the Coastal Bay Hotel on the Promenade, previously called the Cornhill Hotel.

Mr Diamond had his license withdrawn from the 36-bedroom Cornhill in January 2019 by a council licensing committee after statutory improvement notices were ignored.

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The old Cornhill Hotel

Health and safety officials had been alerted to the dangers by complaints from guests who had stayed at the hotel.

In June 2020, Mr Diamond was sentenced to a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, after pleading guilty to seven counts, with five others on file, including flouting a prohibition notice against him. ordering the hotel to be closed until fire improvements have been made.

The court heard that fire alarms had been turned off, fire doors were missing and escape routes were blocked.

Mr. Diamond is now seeking a premises license for the Coastal BayHotel, including to serve alcohol from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily and to serve late-night refreshments until 5:00 a.m. daily.

The council’s licensing department opposed the application, but a licensing hearing on Tuesday September 13 postponed a decision after documents were submitted showing improvements had been made but some work was still pending .

Improvements set out in documents submitted to council include strips and seals installed on all doors, all electrical updated, combustibles removed from escape routes, emergency lighting installed and fire alarm a been rewired.

All fire extinguishers were serviced regularly and trash was removed from various locations including the dining room and back yard.

A report to the hearing from Lee Petrak, head of trading standards and licensing at the council, says: “The issues that led to the review in 2019 related to a series of statutory notices served on Mr Diamond due to serious failures on his part to maintain his premises at a level of security.

“This included up to 10 statutory improvement notices served by council officers and one prohibition notice served by the fire service.”

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