Late night Blackpool bar can serve until 1am despite nightmare for residents

The operator of a proposed late night bar has won permission to serve booze until 1am despite warnings it will create an “absolute nightmare” for residents whose homes adjoin the premises.

Alex Huckerby, who is set to open his third Fylde coast Marvin’s bar in Highfield Road, South Shore, said measures would be taken to prevent noise disturbance. He was granted a licence allowing alcohol to be served from 11am until midnight on weekdays, and until 1am from Friday to Sunday following a hearing in front of a town hall licensing panel.

Permission for live and recorded music and late night refreshment was also granted for the bar inside a former B&M Bargains store. Residential landlord William Etherington had objected to the application, saying he had six tenants living in flats adjoining the property whose lives would be disrupted by noise.

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This included from late night music, and disturbance as drinkers left the premises after 1am. Mr Etherington told the hearing: “I am certain this will be an absolute nightmare for these tenants.”

He added: “It’s a bad idea to have a late night licence so close to these residents – we’re talking 10 metres away from people’s bedrooms and living rooms. You’re not going to be able to have your windows open. It is going to ruin their standard of life.”

Licensing consultant Mark Marshall, representing Mr Huckerby, told the hearing the venue would have a capacity of around 200 people, and measures to reduce noise would be installed by industry experts. He said Marvin’s bars in Poulton and Lytham already operated with flats above them.

He said other bars and pubs on Highfield Road including the Farmers Arms and Clementines already had 1am licences, and disruption would be minimised by patrons from all the venues leaving at the same time.

The licence was approved on the condition a noise assessment was carried out before the bar opened. The decision notice said while the panel understood the concerns of residents, the applicant was an experienced operator, measures were proposed to reduce sound disturbance and checks would be made “to ensure that the sound attenuation is fit for purpose.”

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