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Blackpool hotel where guests live were at risk over lack of fire safety

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“Fire lighting wasn’t adequate and in the dead of night that puts people at even greater risk. The failings here make this a very serious and troubling example of its kind.”

Plaza Beach Hotel, Blackpool
Plaza Beach Hotel, Blackpool

A Blackpool hotel owner put guests’ lives at risk after allowing one of his three venues to ‘go to rack and ruin’.

At Preston Crown Court today (May 13) Aheed Sultan was sentenced after breaching a raft of fire safety regulations at the five-floor Plaza Beach Hotel in Blackpool.

Today’s hearing took place in Sultan’s absence because of his ‘worsening mental state and physical health’. A psychiatric report confirmed the 77-year-old has Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.

Prosecutor Joe Hart said: “A multi-multi-agency operation was carried out and on September 4 in 2017 a fire safety team leader visited the premises.”

During the inspection of the Albert Road hotel firefighters found fire doors had been wedged open, other self-closing doors didn’t work and one fire door could not be opened.

“Means of escape was not sufficient and if a fire had occurred the relevant persons would have been at risk of death or injury,” Mr Hart said.

“Fire safety begins when pen is put to paper and a company thinks through the problems a premises presents. A suitable fire risk assessment simply hadn’t been carried out.”

Inspectors also found the basement area of the hotel was being used to store bed bases, mattresses and other combustible materials. The staircase leading from the flat to the basement was ‘stacked full’ of combustible materials.

“The fire alarm panel was showing a fire on the second floor but there was no fire,” Mr Hart added.

“Not one of the employees understood how to operate the fire alarm system. Blue tac had been placed into the fault buzzer to deaden the sound.”

Some of the emergency lighting in the hotel, formerly called the Silver Beach Hotel, did not have power and locks on some doors meant they could not be easily and quickly opened if a fire started.

The defects ‘were so severe’ that a prohibition notice was served preventing guests from stopping in certain rooms of the hotel until work was carried out.

Sultan was asked to attend an interview on three occasions but failed to do so. The court heard he has previous food hygiene convictions dating back to 2009 and 2015 and he has entered guilty pleas to the six fire safety offences.

Defence barrister Adam Lodge said the defendant’s son, Dr Adnan Sultan, now has power of attorney over his father’s finances.

“Clearly at the time of the investigations carried out this particular hotel, one of three, was in a very poor state of affairs,” Mr Lodge said.

“There was a risk of death but we submit that was a very low risk. He was already beginning to suffer from his health conditions which may explain why this happened.

“One would simply struggle to understand why an individual would let his hotels go to rack and ruin.

“He was suffering from mental health at the time and may not have been as diligent as he had previously.”

The court heard that Sultan owes £207,763 in unpaid taxes and all three of his company have since been dissolved. He now receives state benefits, is entitled to legal aid, and lives with his son.

The judge, Philip Parry, said he was disappointed no financial information had been provided to the court by Sultan’s son in order to allow him to assess his father’s assets ahead of sentencing.

“I have given opportunity after opportunity to be provided with the sort of financial information that I need.

“They were warned I would be able to draw reasonable inferences that they could pay any financial penalty if they failed to provide this information.”

Judge Parry said Sultan had put guests at ‘great risk’.

“He didn’t pay adequate attention to the responsibilities that he had for fire safety,” the judge said.

“Fire lighting wasn’t adequate and in the dead of night that puts people at even greater risk. The failings here make this a very serious and troubling example of its kind.

“There were no fire safety precautions taken overall.”

Sultan, of The Avenue in Loughton, Essex, was fined £7,700 and ordered to pay a £7,300 contribution towards costs.

 

Lancashire’s best and worst seaside towns ranked, according to Which?

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Blackpool, Fleetwood, Morecambe and nearby Southport all featuring in the bottom 15 of resorts ranked by consumer group Which?

Blackpool beach
Blackpool beach (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Lancashire’s seaside towns are some of the most popular attractions in the UK, with Blackpool, Fleetwood and Morecambe set to become big hotspots for staycation tourists this summer

However, according to a new poll released last week, it seems the county’s seaside holiday destinations aren’t as well-loved as we might have thought.

Consumer magazine Which? has just published its annual survey into the best seaside towns across the UK.

Each resort was ranked on a scale of 1-to-5 stars for the quality of the beach, local attractions, scenery, peace and quiet and value for money.

The survey was compiled with the contributions of over 4,000 visitors over the past year and each town was also given a metacritic-style aggregated customer score.

With just under 100 seaside spots ranked across the UK, a few of Lancashire’s big names underperformed, with the public not being especially kind.

Coming top of the chart was Bamburgh in Northumberland, which was praised for its “epic” scenery with Bamburgh Castle looming above the golden sands.

However, none of Lancashire’s seaside locations made it anywhere near the top 10, let alone the pinnacle of the top 5.

Blackpool, Fleetwood, Morecambe and even nearby Southport all featuring in the bottom 15 of resorts ranked.

Blackpool scored just 1 out of 5 for its scenery and peace and quiet, although it did gain 4 out of 5 for its range of attractions and 3 out of 5 for its beach.

Morecambe recorded 3 out of 5’s for both scenery and peace and quiet but just 1 out of 5 for attractions.

Fleetwood featured on the list but no star ratings were provided for each section.

Southport meanwhile recorded 2 out of 5’s in four areas with a 3 out of 5 for peace and quiet.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said: “The results of our survey show that bigger is rarely better, with smaller, less crowded resorts taking the top spots over better-known destinations.”

What do you think? Which beach will you be heading to this year? Have your say in the comments.

The 20 worst seaside resorts according to Which?

1 Skegness, Lincolnshire – 48 points

2 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset – 55

3 Ilfracombe, Devon – 56

4 Margate, Kent – 57

5 Lowestoft, Suffolk – 57

=6 Worthing, West Sussex – 58

=6 Morecombe, Lancashire – 58

=6 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk – 58

=6 Colwyn Bay – 58

=6 Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset – 58

=7 Fleetwood, Lancashire – 59

=7 Blackpool, Lancashire – 59

=8 Southport, Merseyside – 60

=8 Newquay, Cornwall – 60

=8 New Brighton, Merseyside – 60

9 Bridlington, East Yorkshire – 61

10 Littlehampton, West Sussex – 62

11 Hunstanton, Norfolk – 63

=12 Ramsgate, Kent – 64

=12 Folkestone, Kent – 64

The 20 best seaside resorts in the UK

1 Bamburgh, Northumberland – 85 points

= 2 Dartmouth, Devon – 84

= 2 Tynemouth, Northumberland -84

3 St Andrews, Fife, Scotland – 83

4 Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales – 82

5 North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland – 81

6 Rye, East Sussex – 81

7 Filey, North Yorkshire – 80

=8 Southwold, Suffolk – 80

=8 St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales – 80

=8 Swanage, Dorset – 80

= 9 Beer, Devon – 79

=9 Conwy, Conwy – 79

=9 Criccieth, Gwynedd – 79

=9 Sidmouth, Devon – 79

=9 Tenby, Pembrokeshire – 79

= 10 Aldeburgh, Suffolk -78

= 10 Megavissey, Cornwall – 78

=10 Saltburn-by-the-sea, North Yorkshire – 78

=10 Ventnor, Isle of Wight – 78

 

Blackpool Rock Gin: The story behind the seaside inspired drink enjoyed by Jean-Christophe Novelli

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Blackpool Rock Gin expertly distilled and handcrafted in Lancashire and can be found in many of the resort’s bars, pubs and restaurants

Blackpool Rock Gin is inspired by the seaside
Blackpool Rock Gin is inspired by the seaside (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

Blackpool Rock Gin has become a well-loved brand not only in the town’s local bars, pubs and restaurants but also in other parts of the UK and further afield.

The truly Lancashire gin is the only one of its kind to actually use its product, i.e. a stick of Blackpool Rock, within the drink and not simply use flavouring as is with the case with many other flavoured gins.

The idea for the pink gin came about around three years ago by founders Simon, now aged 48, and Jay now aged 37.

Simon, born on the Fylde coast, has spent over 30 years in the drinks industry supporting national and international gin brands and distillers achieving many multiple international awards.

Jay, who lives in Lytham St Annes with his young family, is a design expert with his own marketing and web design agency.

He supports many local businesses across the North West working predominantly in the hospitality space.

The original Blackpool Rock Gin along side the 125th Limited Edition bottle
The original Blackpool Rock Gin along side the 125th Limited Edition bottle (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

One evening the pair were out drinking gin on a terrace in Lytham discussing life when the idea was born.

Jay said: “Simon asked me how work was going, and I basically said I was fed up with making successful brands and products for people.

“Simon, as ex senior manager of one of the largest distilleries in Europe, had said that people had kept asking him to create his own gin. At the time gin had really taken off and the industry was booming so we got to thinking of what we could do ourselves.

“Blackpool really enjoys its nostalgia so we immediately thought of Blackpool Rock. We also wanted to do something no one else had done too and actually have the real product in the drink.

“From that point we set about trying to make that happen.”

"Seaside poster" for Blackpool Rock Gin
“Seaside poster” for Blackpool Rock Gin (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

The two were to find out that the unique process this involves would be much more complicated than trying to dissolve a stick of rock within the gin.

They therefore enlisted the help of one of the oldest Blackpool rock factories in the town.

After much fine filtering and technical wizardry the results that came was a lovely, subtle sweet, original pink gin.

The drink is now expertly distilled and hand crafted using 10 premium botanicals and the base gin is made to the London dry standard and the single sourced spirit is produced in Lancashire.

Truly a craft gin, the pair painstakingly hand label and bottle every gin themselves.

Blackpool Rock Gin is a true Lancashire gin
Blackpool Rock Gin is a true Lancashire gin (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

Jay said: “There is sometimes a concern that because Blackpool Rock is used it’s going to really sweet almost like a liqueur.

“It’s very subtle however – if you mix it with lemonade it really brings out the sweetness and if you mix it with tonic it tastes truly like a dry gin.

“There can be a little bit of stuffiness within the gin world and we don’t really enter competitions. Simon has done all that and, given his expertise, he says with all honesty that this gin is one of the best he’s ever produced.

“As someone from Lytham I know sometimes there can be a little bit of snobbery towards Blackpool too however we know how great and unique the town is.

“The Blackpool community is like no other and the support we’ve had from locals and businesses has been overwhelming.

“Some gin makers have all kinds of funding to help them make their products however we have created and nurtured this ourselves without any support.

Jay (left) and Simon (right) with Jean-Christophe Novelli
Jay (left) and Simon (right) with Jean-Christophe Novelli (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

The collaboration between the two local lads is why the pink gin has proved so successful.

Simon is responsible for making the gin and handcrafts each and every batch himself and Jay brings the creative side to the business which is everything from the label on the bottle to the website.

As part of the original marketing of the gin, and inspired by the seaside, the pair managed to source some original Blackpool deck chairs and re-upholstered them in the brands colours to take pictures.

Since the offset the gin makers have set out to challenge the regular outlook of a start-up gin business and created a contemporary spirit that was fun and approachable that would bring new drinkers into the gin category.

In order to do this, Jay has always kept his finger on the pulse by keeping up with the latest trends, events and venues so the drink can be enjoyed by a full spectrum of visitors.

A fan of Star Wars, he didn’t miss a opportunity to mark May 4th this week by decanting his pink gin into a Storm Trooper bottle his nephew bought him – which made for a striking picture.

So much so the pair have been inundated with questions asking who designed the bottle. Although Jay didn’t, it would be something he’d love to do if it was made possible.

To celebrate 125 years of incredible innovation in the town and the birthday of Blackpool Pleasure beach, Blackpool Rock Gin also launched its ‘Limited Edition 125 Years London Dry Gin’ made from the premium 10 botanical base recipe.

Blackpool Rock Gin marked May 4 by decanting its product into a Storm Trooper bottle

Blackpool Rock Gin marked May 4 by decanting its product into a Storm Trooper bottle (Image: Blackpool Rock Gin)

This limited edition has 125 numbered bottles which have been designed and produced in its inaugural year.

Showcasing the true heart of Blackpool Rock gin, this version highlights the wonderful single source British spirit and the fantastic botanicals within it.

The original pink gin has found its way to places like Scotland and Brighton and even Jean-Christophe Novelli has enjoyed a tipple.

The recent pandemic has proved difficult, as it has for so many other businesses, however there are exciting new plans in place for the Blackpool gin including working with the team at Blackpool Rocks for their Blackpool Rock Returns event.

As always, Jay and Simon also have ideas for Blackpool inspired products to come and plans for tasting events.

For more information, please visit the Blackpool Rock Gin website here.

One of the country’s coolest hotels has opened on Blackpool seafront

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Every room has been decorated by a different artist


The McClure room at Art B&B Blackpool (Image: sean conboy / photogenics)

A new hotel where every room has been designed by a different artist has opened on Blackpool’s seafront.

Art B&B has taken shape in a renovated Victorian hotel, with room themes including the moon, showgirls, and 1930s-era cinemas.

It promises a contemporary twist on a traditional seaside holiday, commissioning artists to turn each suite or room into its own work of art.

Alongside your own bespoke art installation, guests will be welcomed by rainfall showers, superfast broadband, and a brew from a 1973 coffee machine in the ART Café and Cocktail Bar.

The hotel was preparing to open in early 2020 but was forced to close due to the pandemic.

The Carnesky room, inspired by showgirls (Image: sean conboy / photogenics)

A summer of staycations seems increasingly likely with the Government’s roadmap not allowing international tourism until May 17 at the earliest.

Art B&B is located near the North Pier in the popular north west seaside town, offering sea views and a central location for exploring Blackpool and the wider Fylde Coast.

The hotel is a Community Interest Company, meaning it aims to reinvest profits into the local community to bring art and creativity to its neighborhoods.

It will be offering a June staycation package for the two Ocean Suites – guests who book to stay for three nights will get the fourth night free.

Inside Art B&B (Image: sean conboy / photogenics)

Each suite includes a king-size bed, deluxe en suite bathroom and separate lounges with a cocktail bar and drop-down movie screen.

The ‘Now You See it, Now You Don’t’ suite was created by artist and writer Professor Tim Etchells, who has installed a gallery-quality neon sculpture.

Art B&B is right on the seafront (Image: sean conboy / photogenics)

The ‘Willy Little’ suite by artist Mel Brimfield celebrates the career of fictional entertainer Willy Little and his performances at ‘The Ocean Hotel’ – the original name of ART B&B.

The suite is adorned with performance posters, showbiz signage and whole walls of text that evoke the spirit of theatrical seaside entertainers (real and imagined).

Progress Room (Image: sean conboy / photogenics)

Other rooms in the hotel include the Welcome Inn, which is deliberately designed by Christopher Samuels to be awkward but fun to stay in to highlight the struggles disabled people face every day.

Guests can also stay in the 1930s-inspired Lumiere Cinema Room, or Jez Dolan’s ‘The Queer Room’ which has been decorated with artwork focusing on queerness, sexuality and identity.

The Progress Room by the artist Mark Titchner has been inspired by the 1935 neon designs for Blackpool Illuminations.

You can book a room at artbb.org.

Blackpool Four In A Bed winners put luxury guest house up for sale

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Fox Lodge in Blackpool is owned by winners of Channel 4’s Four In A Bed and has history linking back to the town’s famous rock sweets

Fox Lodge guest house in Blackpool
Fox Lodge guest house in Blackpool (Image: Google)

A Blackpool guest house owned by winners of Channel 4’s Four In A Bed has hit the open market.

Fox Lodge down Hornby Road, close to the resort’s town centre, is up for sale for just less than £300,000 after being completely revamped by owners Robert and Kevin.

The duo became local celebrities after winning the Channel 4 show that puts four pairs of bed and breakfast owners against each other, with their reputations on the line by staying at each other’s establishments.

Since winning the show, the duo took on Fox Lodge and revamped it in the last two years, with the former 12 bedroom property now home to seven on-point rooms.

“With their exquisite eye for detail and their own personal beliefs in exceeding customer expectations they have delivered seven quite outstanding bedrooms which incorporate comfort levels for all customers needs,” says estate agent Kenricks Commercial.

“Including family suites, with sufficient space to accommodate full lounge style couches, the inclusion of double sized showers with heated towel rails along with vanity desks and many more special touches.

“Not surprisingly customers continue to offer their on-line reviews with scores at the very top of the expected range. Special references are continually made to the importance of parking near the Town Centre.”

The property comes with a gated car park to the rear.

Fox Lodge was built in 1895 with three original bedrooms and servant quarters in the attic.

It still boasts some original features including the stained glass entrance door; a feature wall and stained glass door outside what would have been the master bedroom; and original stained glass in the front bay windows.

Original stained glass front door at Fox Lodge, Blackpool
Original stained glass front door at Fox Lodge, Blackpool

Fox Lodge, Blackpool
Fox Lodge, Blackpool(Image: Fox Lodge / Kenricks)

Fox Lodge, Blackpool
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The freehold asking price is £294,999.

For more information on purchasing the property click here.

Lancashire’s Met Office weekend weather breakdown with gales, rain and frost

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The weather for Preston, Blackpool, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley, West Lancashire, South Ribble, Fylde, Wyre, Pendle, Chorley and Lancaster.


Waves crash over the promenade in Blackpool (Image: PA)

Lancashire is in for gales, rain and a touch of frost this weekend according to a very gloomy Met Office forecast.

The weather experts are predicting damp conditions over the next few days, which will see coats and umbrellas out in force across the county.

Saturday is set to be the worst, with the forecast predicting a washout day for the most part.

But before that, Friday will see scattered showers in places which will turn wintry over higher ground.

Into Friday afternoon, there is a chance of hail and thunder, although southern and western areas of the county will see clearer skies.

The rain will clear into the evening but temperatures will be cold, bringing a touch of frost to the ground.

On Saturday, expect wind and rain, especially in the morning.

The Met Office is even warning of coastal gales, before the rain becomes more confirmed to west-facing hills in the afternoon.

Sunday to Tuesday will see temperatures rise, much to the delight of Lancashire residents.

It is set to become milder, although there is still the chance of wind and showers throughout.

Here is the full Met Office weather forecast for the weekend ahead across Lancashire.

It covers Preston, Blackpool, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley, West Lancashire, South Ribble, Fylde, Wyre, Pendle, Chorley and Lancaster.

Today:

Chilly start with a few showers around. These showers developing further for a time, possibly turning wintry over higher ground and bringing hail or thunder in the afternoon.

Southern and western areas seeing the best of clear and sunny skies.

Maximum temperature 11 °C.

Tonight:

A dry and clear evening. Small chance of rural frost in the east.

Overnight, winds strengthen and heavy rain reaches the southwest by dawn.

Temperatures recovering after the early dip. Minimum temperature -1 °C.

Saturday:

Very wet and windy, especially in the morning. Risk of coastal gales for a time.

Rain becoming more confined to west-facing hills later in the day. Maximum temperature 15 °C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Nights become milder, but remaining windy and unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain throughout.

 

Blackpool boost for new boutique hotel and Central Drive regeneration

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Schemes which missed out on Future High Street Funding are expected to be included in the bid

The former Post Office on Abingdon Street
The former Post Office on Abingdon Street

Blackpool will go ahead with a multi-million pound bid for funding from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up fund after councillors agreed to proposals.

The council can bid for up to £20m and must submit its proposals by June 18.

Schemes which missed out on Future High Street Funding are expected to be included in the bid.

These include potentially seeking cash to support the transformation of the former Abingdon Street Post Office into a boutique hotel, and for the regeneration of Central Drive.

But questions have been raised about the viability of converting the former Post Office to a hotel – when five years on from the proposals being first mooted, they have failed to find a commercial backer.

Hotelier Ian White, who is also a director of StayBlackpool, said: “We want to see the old Post Office building brought back to life, however month after month we hear the town has too many bed spaces so the suggestion makes no sense.

“The property developer keeps trying to change the planning application but the market has shown little or no interest, so why should the public purse bail the project out?”

He said public money should be sought to support smaller businesses in the town.

He said: “The focus must change, yes big new hotels bring in money, but when times get hard the companies can simply walk away.

“However, the little b&bs and other independent accommodation have the life savings of families invested in them as well as their hearts and souls.

“The owners are dedicated to their business, this town, and the guests’ experience, so when the going gets tough they cannot simply walk away.

“Targeted support for the little independents to improve facilities and reduce bed spaces will go far further, last far longer, support more people, give more great guest experiences and the money will in general stay in town.”

Coun Mark Smith, cabinet member for business, enterprise and job creation, told a meeting of the executive: “Every time we have an opportunity to bid for funding to improve Blackpool, we do.

“We try to maximise the benefits and outcomes of doing that. We have a tight timeframe and have to work hard to achieve the goals and dates set out.”

 

Blackpool guest house Fox Lodge hits the market at £294,999

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Original stained glass front door at Fox Lodge, Blackpool
Original stained glass front door at Fox Lodge, Blackpool

Fox Lodge, Blackpool
Fox Lodge, Blackpool(Image: Fox Lodge / Kenricks)

Ibis Hotel steel fencing blows into Promenade in heavy winds prompting firefighter response

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A large metal fence blew off the Ibis Hotel onto the Promenade at Talbot Square, Blackpool this morning, sparking a 999 call-out.

Firefighters were called to retrieve a large piece of steel fencing from the Ibis Styles Hotel in Blackpool.

The fencing had blown away from the hotel, formerly the Clifton, which is surrounded by scaffolding while undergoing a £400,000 facelift.

The renovations come five years after heritage guardians first raised concerns about the neglected state of the building after cracks developed in the walls.

Work will include essential repairs to the external facade and structure including full redecoration plus re-rendering to significant areas.

Timber will also be repaired, brickwork and stonework will be repointed at high levels, and new drainage infrastructure will be installed.

The replacement of slate and flat roof areas will also be included.

But the steel fencing surrounding the Ibis site could not stand up to the strong winds on the Prom this morning, forcing Lancashire Fire and Rescue to retrieve it from the road and secure it.

A spokesman said: “We sent a fire engine from Forest Gate station to the Promenade at 6.35am to remove a sheet of corrugated fencing from the road.

Firefighters work to secure the steel fencing surrounding the Ibis Hotel in Blackpool.

“Firefighters picked up one piece of fencing and ensured the site was secure.”

Some £178,300 of the £400,000 renovation costs came from Blackpool Council, which funded the works from its Quality Corridors Property Improvement Fund (PIF).

The fund is part of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal Fund and the Local Transport Fund.

It was hoped the investment would help attract new operators to the ground floor units in the property, which have been empty since former venues Che Bar and Coco Club closed.

One engine was sent to the scene.

Accor, owner of the Ibis Hotels group, was contacted for a comment.

A piece of steel fencing was blown into the road on the Promenade prompting a 999 call-out.

 

Demolished Blackpool hotel set to be turned into temporary car park

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“The owners of the site now have no building to redevelop and an unforeseen cost for the demolition.”

The hotel during demolition in 2020
The hotel during demolition in 2020 (Image: LancsLive/Bpl Bible)

The site of a Blackpool hotel which was demolished after repeated vandal attacks looks set to become a temporary car park.

The Ambassador on North Promenade was bulldozed last November after it became structurally unsafe.

Now developer Ged O’Mahoney has applied to the council for planning permission to use the site as a car park for up to 38 vehicles for up to two years.

He says this will give him time to draw up new plans to build holiday apartments on the land while generating revenue.

Mr O’Mahoney had previously hoped to renovate the Ambassador and convert it into 17 apartments as part of proposals approved by the council last May.

A statement by Fylde-based Ben Jurin Architecture says: “Since then the former hotel, which was already severely dilapidated, fell into further disrepair due to severe storm weather.

“Subsequently Blackpool Council placed a demolition order on the building and in November/December 2020 the building was completely demolished.

“The owners of the site now have no building to redevelop and an unforeseen cost for the demolition.

“As such, this has left the current owners of the site with limited options, however plans have been drawn and a major application will be submitted for a proposed block of holiday apartments.”

The statement adds this could take months to develop leaving “the applicant having a vacant plot of land which is financially unviable and draining on resources.”

It is hoped using the site as a temporary car park will bring in revenue while the fresh plans are worked up.

The former Ambassador had been a magnet for vandals and intruders since it closed around eight years ago.

In 2018 it took firefighters two-and-a-half hours to control one blaze with 10 fire engines called to the scene at the height of the emergency.

The structure of the building deteriorated further due to the impact of weather conditions, forcing emergency demolition last November.