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Non-emergency patients putting Blackpool Vic A&E under unnecessary pressure

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Medics are urging people to only visit A&E in Blackpool if there condition is a real emergency – after ‘unprecedented’ numbers of patients swamped the department.

 

On one day recently A&E at Blackpool Victoria Hospital had 90 people waiting to be seen.

But doctors say a large number of those arriving at the casualty unit did not need life-saving treatment and could have gone elsewhere.

Head of Emergency Medicine at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Dr Anthony Kearns,said: “The Emergency Department (A&E) has seen unprecedented numbers over the past few weeks.

People are being urged not to go to A&E except in a genuine emergencyPeople are being urged not to go to A&E except in a genuine emergency

“Many of these are very ill people who do need our expertise. However, we are also seeing a large number of attendances that are not ’emergencies’ or life-threatening conditions and could have been treated elsewhere.”

Dr Kearns warned too many people crowding into A&E put undue pressure on staff and meant people could not safely social distance.

He added: “Crowding in A&E is not safe under the current Covid distancing regulations for both staff and patients alike.

“We need our community’s support to make the right choice.

“Help us to help you…help us to save lives – please talk before you walk and please keep us free for emergencies only.”

Dr Kearns said for many people the best place to turn to for immediate advice was their local pharmacy.

He said: “We realise the whole system is under pressure. Urgent treatment centres and GP surgeries are also very much in demand by people with community healthcare needs.

“This is why we strongly suggest that if anyone has non-emergency or chronic health concerns, that they perhaps visit their pharmacy or chemist who are highly qualified to give advice, and may then suggest a GP appointment if it is absolutely necessary.

“People can also visit www.111.nhs.uk where they will find a symptom checker. NHS 111 advisors can signpost patients to the most appropriate service for their needs and can even make appointments with a GP or here in the Emergency Department which will drastically reduce the patient’s wait time.

“Patients should also consider contacting their own consultant or specialist team, who already manage their pre-existing conditions.”

 

£25m Hotel Indigo plan revealed for Blackpool’s historic Post Office building

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Blackpool’s Grade II listed former Post Office could be converted to a Hotel Indigo if a £25m development gets the go ahead.

 

Cheshire-based Ashall Project has unveiled plans to transform the building on Abingdon Street into a high-quality 148-room Hotel Indigo and Indigo Suites.

Boutique hotel hope for former Blackpool post office could be part of new fundin…

Blackpool Council is seeking £7m from the Government’s Levelling Up fund towards the total investment of £24.8m.

Artist's impression of the proposed Hotel IndigoArtist’s impression of the proposed Hotel Indigo

Mark Ashall, director of Ashall Projects, said: “There’s a lot of work to do on this project, but we have the resources, knowledge and commitment.

“Instead of being neglected and in danger of becoming an eyesore, these buildings will enhance the town centre and provide the world’s first Indigo hotel of this type which will help attract all kinds of visitors to Blackpool.”

Ashall Projects has submitted a planning application for the scheme for the former Post Office where there is already planning permission for a 102-bedroom hotel.

Mr Ashall added: “This will be a Hotel Indigo with a difference. It will cater for both short-stay leisure and business visitors and it will also offer extended stay suites with additional facilities, such as kitchenettes, to provide the space and amenities for guests who want to stay longer.
The Grade II listed former Post Office
The Grade II listed former Post Office

The developer has teamed up with global company Intercontinental Hotel Group and Franklin Ellis Architects, who designed the Indigo Hotel which opened in Chester in 2019.

Mr Ashall said: “There are nearly 150 Indigo Hotels across the globe but this will be the first time anywhere that Indigo will be offering extended stay rooms in addition to the classic Indigo rooms.

“We believe this will allow us to provide a wide range of accommodation options which will meet a variety of customer requirements.”

The proposals include retaining many of the original features of the Post Office, which opened in 1910, including the Abingdon Street frontage and the eight red telephone boxes outside.

Inside, the marbled flooring, cornicing and other key architectural features will be restored.

The hotel, a short walk away from Blackpool’s £28m new conference centre at the Winter Gardens, would employ around 70 staff and 215 people would work on the construction.

Ashall Projects has previously developed the Aloft Hotel in Liverpool after transforming the historic Royal Insurance building in the city.

Matthew Branton, partner with Franklin Ellis Architects, said the project would “further assist the wider regeneration of the locality and its place at the heart of Blackpool’s Town Centre Conservation Area.”

It would provide “an oasis in the centre of town feel for visitors and guests, whilst enhancing Blackpool’s high end guest room offering, alongside the provision of several options for events and meetings to improve the town’s corporate and conferencing offering.”

Blackpool Council leader Coun Lynn Williams said, “Blackpool Council fully supports the plans to bring this key historic property back to life.

“This upscale hotel development will attract extended stay business and leisure guests to the centre Blackpool all year round for the benefit of local businesses. “

This is the fourth set of plans to come forward for the former Post Office building which closed in 2007, with the sorting office moving to a new site in Bispham in 2015.

Ashall Projects is part of a private property investment and development company which in recent years has developed projects with an investment value in excess of £500m.

Court ruling welcomed by Blackpool hoteliers group after man’s nightmare stay

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A Blackpool hotel has been slammed after a visitor took the owners to court following a nightmare overnight stay.

 

Trading Standards are investigating after the Chaplin’s Hotel in Albert Road was ordered to pay the man £100, plus £6.70 interest and £25 court costs.

William Hampson from Croydon took owner Mr Zhelez Petkov to the county court, complaining the hotel displayed three-star Visit England accreditation and a good breakfast award on its website and on the front of the building – when it did not have such status anymore.

Stay Blackpool welcomed the court’s finding in Mr Hampson’s favour and said any hotel displaying misleading or out of date signage should be punished.

The Chaplin's Hotel in Albert Road was taken to court by one disgruntled customer after a nightmare stay, for having out-of-date accreditationThe Chaplin’s Hotel in Albert Road was taken to court by one disgruntled customer after a nightmare stay, for having out-of-date accreditation

The problem began in July 27 last year when Mr Hampson arrived for a four day visit to Blackpool in memory of his late parent, who had brought the family to Blackpool for their summer holidays for many years.

Mr Hampson, a hotel manager for 23 years but who has now got a potentially life-limiting chronic illness, wanted to recreate an old photo he had of his grandad sat with the Tower in the background.

He said he wanted the good old fashioned Blackpool B&B experience like he had when he was a child and chose Chaplin’s as it apparently had three star accreditation.

But when he arrived, he was told by the owner that they had had to change his room to one on the third floor which had three beds in it.
William Hampson who endured a horrendous night at Chaplin's Hotel
William Hampson who endured a horrendous night at Chaplin’s Hotel

He said the beds were crammed in and blocked the door to the bathroom, which he said was a safety problem.

He said: “The room was damp with peeling wallpaper, and contained mould throughout.

“With a chronic illness relating to my immune system, my consultant can confirm this level of hygiene leaves me vulnerable to opportunist infections.

“The walls were so thin I could hear everything going on in the next room.

Blood stains on the sheets in Mr Hampson's room

Blood stains on the sheets in Mr Hampson’s room

“From 10pm on the first night to 6am, I could hear the guest next door fighting for several hours with a prostitute he was refusing to pay. This left me feeling vulnerable and fearful as I could hear physical, verbal, and emotional violence.”

He said he heard the man drag the girl out of the room by her hair and throw her out.

He tried to contact the hotel owner online but failed and said he was too afraid to call in case he was overheard.

“At 11pm, I pulled back the duvet to discover a blood stain on the sheet that had also stained the duvet, indicating the bedding had not been changed,” he said.Out -of-date signage on Chaplin's Hotel website. Visit England has confirmed the hotel is n longer accredited since it changed hands in 2019

Out -of-date signage on Chaplin’s Hotel website. Visit England has confirmed the hotel is n longer accredited since it changed hands in 2019

“At 2am I contacted booking.com with whom I booked, who stated this was not acceptable. They too could not reach the defendant. They said I should be entitled to a full refund in the amount of £100.”

Mr Hampson left the hotel without eating breakfast and contacted Stay Blackpool, which found him an alternative place to stay – the Chorlton Hotel.

He later brought an action in the civil court against Mr Petkov to get his cash back and supplied the court with a bundle of evidence.

He said: “The Deputy District Judge of Croydon County Court, quoting from several sections of my bundle and claim, showed he had reviewed my claim fully and he stated, ‘I am satisfied you had the most horrendous experience at this hotel who deliberately misrepresented itself with Visit England accreditation.

“‘Had they not deliberately misrepresented itself with Visit England accreditation via the booking website, needless to say you would not have booked with them.’”

Chaplin’s Hotel has generally favourable reviews on online booking sites and was taken over by Mr Petkov in March 2019.

The third bed in Mr Hampson's room blocking the bathroom doorThe third bed in Mr Hampson’s room blocking the bathroom door

Mr Petkov spoke to The Gazette after the court hearing, which he did not attend because, he claimed, he had not received notification from the court, and said the signage was left on the website and hotel merely by oversight.

He refuted Mr Hampshire’s version of events and said: “If you check our reviews they are good but sometimes people say bad things.

“I submitted documents (to the court) but afterwards no-one got back to me. When I have tried to contact the court it has been very busy.”

Mr Petrov said the hotel removed the Visit England accreditation on Thursday, but the logo was still on the Chaplin’s website at the time of going to press.

“He said there were aggressive people in the next room but he was on the third floor and we live on the ground floor,” he said.

“We did not hear and nobody informed us. I have the phone records that no-one called us.

“When he said he was afraid to speak in case they hear him. That is ridiculous.

“There were a lot of people staying here at that same time and nobody else complained.

“I didn’t leave the signs because I wanted to give false advertisement, I just didn’t notice.

“When I got an email from the agency about this, I have removed these things.”

A spokesman for Visit England said: “I can confirm that the Chaplin’s Hotel, Albert Road, Blackpool, is not part of the Visit England assessed hotel scheme.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said: “We are aware of this issue which is being dealt with by the council’s Trading Standards team. We always look into any reports of concern wherever possible.”

Claire Smith from Stay Blackpool said the group was delighted the judge had found against the hotel and said it should act as a warning to others.

She said: “To achieve and maintain any form of accreditation takes a huge commitment to quality and a significant financial outgoing.

“When a property blatantly displays illegal signage either physically or online, it is at the very least misrepresentation but in fact fraud as prospective guests are being deliberately misled.

“There is no case for oversight. We are all accountable and must take responsibility for the signage we display.

“This is a huge win for all those quality accommodation providers in Blackpool that work extremely hard to provide the best facilities and the best experience they can so their guest’s go home having had a fabulous time in Blackpool.”

Mr Hampson said he was satisfied with the result and it would not put him off returning to Blackpool.

He said: “Things did not work out as expected, despite having limited expectations.

“The Chorlton Hotel was the saving grace of my visit, so much so I will be returning at the Chorlton this year with friends.

“I think I saw and ate everything available in Blackpool. I visited the spot my Grandfather had a snap taken on the Prom by the Tower and spent the morning in the Pleasure Beach riding the rides that were either new or I was too small to ride [back then].

“ I even took a piece of the [former wooden ride] Wild Mouse home with me which is displayed in my mini retro Blackpool themed dining corner.”

The Lancashire town where sunshine costs £10.35 an hour

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With cheap hotels and plenty of sunshine it’s no wonder crowds flock to this area

 

Blackpool's beach is warmed in the sunshine
Blackpool’s beach is warmed in the sunshine (Image: Getty Images)

Summer staycations will be on the calendar for most of us this year but have you ever wondered where you can get the cheapest amount of sun from without having to go abroad?

Out of 63 seaside towns in the UK, Blackpool has been found to have the second cheapest cost per hour of sun at only £10.35, just missing the top spot by 80p according to a survey by vouchercloud.

Felixstowe is the cheapest spot at £9.55, while Fleetwood came in at number seven on the list with the cost per hour of sunshine coming in at £11.96.

Another North West seaside location also made the list, with Southport coming in at number 18 at £13.13 per hour of sun.

vouchercloud used Google Hotels and historic Met Office data to calculate the best value hour of sunshine in the UK.

Research showed that the average price of a hotel in Blackpool for one night is £60.75 – with an average of five hours and 56 minutes of sunshine on a typical summers day – working out at £10.35 an hour.

With fantastic attractions day and night, there may be more chances of visiting this seaside town this year as Covid restrictions continue to ease.

People enjoy the sunshine at Blackpool beach,
People enjoy the sunshine at Blackpool beach (Image: PA)

In Blackpool, there’s a huge variety of things to do to keep all ages entertained.

For family days out, or trips with friends, you can enjoy the Sea Life Centre, the Blackpool Circus and Dungeons of course the Pleasure Beach.

But if you’re sticking to a budget this summer, a day on the beach and a walk up the promenade is more than enough to satisfy your sun needs – just remember your sun cream!

And a trip to the seaside isn’t complete without some traditional food.

Pick up some fish and chips, find a huge range of Blackpool rock stalls, grab some freshly made doughnuts and treat yourself to an ice cream to cool you down. But beware of the notorious seagulls.

Whilst visiting Blackpool, a day of sun might not be enough for you so here are five of the cheapest hotels in Blackpool to extend your stay there:

Las Palmas hotel by the sea

This three and a half star TripAdvisor rated hotel is only a three minute walk away from the main promenade so when you’ve had your fill of sun for the day, it won’t take you long to get back to your hotel.

Rooms here start at £20 per night with free internet and a bar.

Stockton Grange hotel

Rated three stars on TripAdvisor. Pet friendly hotel on a budget that bring the best of Blackpool to your doorstep pets

Rooms at this hotel start at £20 per night.

Peek a Booze hotel

Adult only hotel with a cabaret themed bar and nightclub rated four stars on TripAdvisor.

Rooms here cost between £25-£30 each night.

The Marine Hotel

This three star rated hotel is a family friendly small hotel that provides free breakfast and is only a six minute walk from the beach.

Rooms start at £27 per night.

Travelodge Blackpool South Shore

For a cheap night in Blackpool, this Travelodge is rated four stars and provides a mix of value, comfort and convenience, all within a budget friendly setting.

Rooms here start at £28 per night.

‘No complaints made’ about prominent Blackpool hotel with ‘maggots’ and ‘blood splatter’ in room

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There have been several other concerning reports about the Grand Metropole in recent weeks including ‘blood spatter’, seagull faeces and a mouse

 

The Metropole Hotel in Blackpool
The Metropole Hotel in Blackpool (Image: Google)

Blackpool Council have insisted that no concerns have been officially raised regarding a prominent hotel on the Promenade where maggots were reportedly found in the carpet last month.

Last month, a guest from Manchester checked into the Grand Metropole Hotel to find what he believes were live maggots on the carpet of the hotel room as well as his clothes.

The Facebook post went on to reveal that the room was full off maggots in the cupboard in his hotel room.

The guest said: “It’s a disgrace off hotel should be shut down and lieing (sic) saying all done up scaffolding all outside supposed see a sea view more like Fawlty towers that place, disgusting.”

In response, one guest stated that they were staying there at the same time however and found their room to be “very clean and tidy” with “no problems at all.”

Maggots found in the cupboard of the Metropole Hotel in Blackpool
Maggots found in the cupboard of the Metropole Hotel in Blackpool

The guests’ accounts joined a number of other concerning reviews on TripAdvisor from recent weeks, with one customer finding ‘blood splatter’ on the walls and another claiming there was a mouse in the room.

The hotel on Princess Parade was also dubbed as ‘The Cecil Hotel of the UK’ last month by one visitor who described that he “checked into a smoke stenched room with blood splatter on the wall and doors.”

Maggots and a white substance on the floor of a hotel room in The Metropole in Blackpool
Maggots and a white substance on the floor of a hotel room in The Metropole in Blackpool

Following the repeated concerns about how the iconic building is being maintained, LancsLive approached Blackpool Council to see if they had received any complaints or if the establishment had been reported to the environmental health department.

A spokesperson for the authority said: “We have looked at the story and haven’t had any complaints relating to the matters that you refer to. If a customer of any business has a specific concern and it is reported to the council we would look into it.”

Some TripAdvisor reviews, although negative in nature, praised that staff who work there with one stating that it house “a workforce who were trying to keep it together the best they could.” Others simply accepted that “you get what you pay for”.

LancsLive is still awaiting an response from Britannia Hotels.

Blackpool hoteliers group to launch bookings on website to rival online giants

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Blackpool hoteliers are set to get an alternative to the big Online Travel Agents after Stay Blackpool signed a deal for a new booking service.

 

After a two-year search for a suitable Real Time Online Booking Solution, the organisation has signed the contract with Simpleview Europe.

The company provides websites and technology solutions for many of the countries Destination Management Organisations such as Visit Isle of Man and Visit West.

The deal will give visitors the ability to check availability and book directly from the StayBlackpool website.

Blackpool's hoteliers have been given a boost with a new deal to allow bookings via Stay BlackpoolBlackpool’s hoteliers have been given a boost with a new deal to allow bookings via Stay Blackpool

It also means that hoteliers that use Eviivo, (one of StayBlackpool’s previous partners) and those that use the popular Freetobook.com Property Management Systems along with those that use “Super Control” will get commission free bookings.

StayBlackpool members must be accredited, whether through national Star Rating schemes or the cost effective “Blackpool Approved” scheme and the StayBlackpool website is set to be modified to make the most of all the changes which aims to be running in August.

Ian White from Stay Blackpool said: “StayBlackpool has provided an essential service to Blackpool Hoteliers for many years and significantly so through the pandemic. The one thing that has been a struggle has been the ability to deliver the bookings that earn our members their money.

“After two years searching, this solution offers the most flexibility and will enable all members to be connected in one way or another.

Ian White from Stay BlackpoolIan White from Stay Blackpool

“Also being the choice of so many Destination Marketing Organisations, we know we have a great partner.

“Modern, even mildly ‘tech savy’ bookers demand the ability to choose from a short list of properties with guaranteed availability for their chosen dates. This Simpleview partnership will ensure we can meet these needs/demands and itwill give Fylde Coast accommodation providers a real alternative to the big Online Travel Agents.”

Richard Veal from Simpleview Europe said: “We are delighted to be working with Stay Blackpool on this initiative. As the country re-opens to tourism, it is more important than ever that accommodation providers are bookable online.

“Simpleview’s flexible Polling Engine facilitates this and enables integration from numerous OTAs and Property Management Systems.

“In simple terms this will create a low or in some case zero commission channel for tourism businesses in Blackpool which has to be a good thing for the local economy.”

Simpleview was founded by Richard Veal and then business partner Andy Abram in 1999. Originally called New Mind, the company developed solutions for a wide range of Destination Management Organisations, working with National and Regional Tourist Boards, City Councils and Tourism Associations across Europe.

The work ranged from tourism websites to a fully featured destination management system, supporting the entire marketing and business activities of tourism destinations.

The company merged with Simpleview Inc. in 2018, a VC-backed tech company based in Tucson, Arizona.

 

Blackpool Winter Gardens hotel approved with nightclub to be replaced by new car park

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The hotel scheme was approved but the loss of town centre parking will also need to be addressed

The proposed Winter Gardens Hotel

The proposed Winter Gardens Hotel

A multi-storey car park is earmarked for the site of the former Syndicate nightclub in Blackpool which would help replace public parking lost when a hotel is built alongside the Winter Gardens.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee, which approved the hotel scheme for land on Leopold Grove, was told of the proposals in response to concerns about the loss of town centre parking.

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Councillors approved the latest set of outline proposals for a five storey hotel with 160 bedrooms on the site which is currently used as a surface car park.

The plans include a double level car park with 94 spaces, but these will be for use by hotel guests only.

Ian White, a director of hoteliers group StayBlackpool, warned councillors parking provision still needed to be made for people staying at smaller b&bs and hotels in the area.

He told the meeting: “Since earlier applications the immediate locality has seen significant pressure on parking.

“The new medical centre with boundaries on South King Street, Adelaide Street and Alfred Street will put significant extra pressure on parking.

“Not forgetting that this development will see the loss of approximately 80 spaces, many of which are used by guests staying in the adjacent holiday accommodation and that loss will be felt significantly within the local community.”

Council planning office Clare Johnson told the meeting while the hotel development would mean the loss of a car park, the former Syndicate nightclub site was designated for a multi-storey car park.

The latest scheme is the fourth to secure planning permission since 2010, but so far development has stalled.

However it is hoped this application, by Hertfordshire based developer Kewdeal Ltd, will be more lucrative as the hotel will stand directly opposite the town’s £28m new conference centre which is nearing completion at the Winter Gardens.

The site is currently being marketed for sale by Manchester-based property agent Savills with a price tag in excess of £3m.

 

Blackpool Winter Gardens hotel set to get go ahead

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The latest blueprint for a five storey hotel alongside the Winter Gardens looks set to secure planning permission.

Artist's impression of the proposed hotel

Artist’s impression of the proposed hotel

It comes as the site earmarked for its development is being marketed for sale with a price tag in excess of £3m.

Proposals for a hotel with up to 160 bedrooms on Leopold Grove are being recommended for approval when they go before the council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

The scheme represents the fourth set of proposals for the land – currently being used as a car park – to come before planners.

However it is hoped the latest application, by Hertfordshire based developer Kewdeal Ltd, will be more lucrative as the hotel will stand directly opposite the town’s £28m new conference centre which is nearing completion at the Winter Gardens.

Manchester-based property agent Savills is seeking offers over £3m for the site which it describes as being “adjacent to one of Blackpool’s most important heritage assets and leisure facilities.”

The latest plans include an enclosed bridge linking the second floor of the hotel with the conference centre, a cafe and bar on the ground floor and a double level car park with 94 spaces.

The hotel would occupy half of the site, including a landscaped garden separating it from the car park opening onto Alfred Street, and it would be designed in an art deco style.

A report by council planners says: “An additional large hotel on the edge of the town centre would support town centre businesses such as shops, eateries and tourism and leisure facilities, as well as providing good quality hotel accommodation opposite the new conference centre.

“The development would be one of many regeneration projects in Blackpool and will assist in re-branding the town centre, strengthening it as a cultural, leisure and business destination for residents and visitors and this weighs notably in favour of the scheme.”

The report adds: “Although details of appearance and landscaping are reserved matters, sufficient information has been provided to indicate the development would conserve and enhance the setting of the Winter Gardens and Town Centre Conservation Area.”

Previous schemes have been for a part five/part six storey 156 bedroom hotel with 48 parking spaces on the lower ground floor, accessed from Leopold Grove with associated facilities. Granted January 2010.

Outline planning application for a part five/ part six storey 156 bedroom hotel. Granted November 2016.

Outline planning application for a part three/four and five storey 203 bedroom hotel with a lower ground floor car park providing 62 car parking spaces. Granted June 2018

Andy Mitchell watches abseilers brighten up the town

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I’ve never been much good at DIY. I’ll give it a go in the vain effort of showing an interest, but I’ve always been of the opinion things are best left to the experts.

Norbreck Castle

Norbreck Castle

I’ve tried painting things before around the house only for the paint to run, or a tin of the stuff accidentally get kicked over.

So when I glance around the town at the fabulous paint jobs being applied ahead of the new season, I can only wonder at the expertise being deployed, and at great speed.

A fine example of this is the facelift being applied to the Norbreck Castle Hotel. This vast landmark has been a part of the North Shore for a century, and has appeared in several different colours since it was built.

The cream colour has been looking a bit tired for a while now, so a refurb was due. Just how you paint a structure so big became clear one morning, when commuters on their way to work were treated to a display of bravery not seen since I was shoved through a trap door at the top of the Tower and told to abseil down the side.

It seems the best way to paint the Norbreck Castle (pictured), is, of course, to send a team of abseilers off the roof armed with tins of paint and a roller. It really is breathtaking watching them from the ground, and these decorating dare devils have become a tourist attraction in their own right in the last couple of weeks.

They’ve covered quite an area in a short space of time. As for the colour scheme, it’s a contemporary black and grey, when set against the new white window frames, will certainly give the landmark a new lease of life as it enters its second century.

It’s heartening to see so much repainting going on. As noted in this column recently, and after years of campaigning by local councillors, the Clifton Hotel is finally starting to look like its part of the town’s smart civic square after some much needed investment.

As for the idea of abseiling down the walls at home to complete a similar job, I’ve already been looking online for a suitable harness and bucket for the current Mrs M to make a start.

Five-storey hotel close to Blackpool Winter Gardens moves step closer

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The scheme represents the fourth set of proposals for the land to come before planners.

The Winter Gardens Hotel - proposed

The Winter Gardens Hotel – proposed

The latest blueprint for a five storey hotel alongside the Winter Gardens looks set to secure planning permission.

It comes as the site earmarked for its development is being marketed for sale with a price tag in excess of £3m.

Proposals for a hotel with up to 160 bedrooms on Leopold Grove are being recommended for approval when they go before the council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

The scheme represents the fourth set of proposals for the land – currently being used as a car park – to come before planners.

Since 2010, three other hotel plans for the land have been approved but never acted upon. There is already outline permission in place for a 203 room hotel.

However it is hoped the latest application, by Herfordshire based developer Kewdeal Ltd, will be more lucrative as the hotel will stand directly opposite the town’s £28m new conference centre which is nearing completion at the Winter Gardens.

Manchester-based property agent Savills is seeking offers over £3m for the site which it describes as being “adjacent to one of Blackpool’s most important heritage assets and leisure facilities.”

The latest plans include an enclosed bridge linking the second floor of the hotel with the conference centre, a cafe and bar on the ground floor and a double level car park with 94 spaces.

The hotel would occupy half of the site, including a landscaped garden separating it from the car park opening onto Alfred Street, and be designed in an art deco style.

A report by council planners says: “An additional large hotel on the edge of the town centre would support town centre businesses such as shops, eateries and tourism and leisure facilities, as well as providing good quality hotel accommodation opposite the new conference centre.

“The development would be one of many regeneration projects in Blackpool and will assist in re-branding the town centre, strengthening it as a cultural, leisure and business destination for residents and visitors and this weighs notably in favour of the scheme.”

The report adds: “Although details of appearance and landscaping are reserved matters, sufficient information has been provided to indicate the development would conserve and enhance the setting of the Winter Gardens and Town Centre Conservation Area.”

Previous schemes have been for a part five/part six storey 156 bedroom hotel with 48 parking spaces on the lower ground floor, accessed from Leopold Grove with associated facilities. Granted January 2010.

Outline planning application for a part five/ part six storey 156 bedroom hotel. Granted November 2016.

Outline planning application for a part three/four and five storey 203 bedroom hotel with a lower ground floor car park providing 62 car parking spaces. Granted June 2018.