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Blackpool hotel for sale that comes with a lounge bar, 23 en-suite rooms and a restaurant

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The property is being sold by Fleurets

 

The central Blackpool hotels are on the market for £325,000
The central Blackpool hotels are on the market for £325,000

The opportunity to buy a Blackpool hotel located close to the promenade and North Pier is up for grabs after the hotel recently went on the market.

The Hayward and Newbury hotels on Dickson Road in Blackpool hosts 23 en-suite letting rooms and sleeps 66 people.

The two hotels are inter-connected and has three storeys, as well as pitched roofs with dormer windows creating a fourth storey. It also has a lounge bar, restaurant and an equipped catering kitchen.

The hotel is being sold by Fleurets and is on the market for £325,000.

The properties have easy access to some of Blackpool’s biggest attractions such as the Blackpool Tower, Madame Tussauds and Blackpool Pleasure Beach which is something sure to entertain prospective guests.

The description reads: “Two hotels, which are inter-connected. A mid-terraced property on 3 storeys, mainly brick elevations with part rendered and painted to the ground floor. Pitched roofs with dormer windows creating a fourth storey. Single storey flat roof rear addition. Patio gardens run along the front elevation. At the rear there is a small yard and 2 potential private parking spaces.”

The clients looking to sell the properties bought them in February 2019 and ‘started trading immediately’. The business is run as a traditional bed & breakfast with no evening meals. The bar is open from 6pm – 11pm, but longer during busy weekends in the summer.

They currently do not allow stag or hen parties but are open to a mixed clientele of single people, families and couples.

Flurets also added: “Our clients have chosen to mainly operate the business themselves. However, with the size of the restaurant potentially catering for 58 covers and with this being on a busy high street location there is potential for an owner to open the restaurant as another income source.”

Take a look at these pictures to see what you can do with the hotel, you could be Blackpool’s next best hotelier.

 

Blackpool hotel holiday horror leaves man vowing to never return again

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The man claims the hotel was ‘dirty’, ‘smelt like wet damp dog’ and other guests were having ‘parties’ until 9am the following morning

 

Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool
Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool (Image: Google)

A man has vowed never to return to Blackpool again after a horror stay at a hotel.

He visited the seaside resort on August 13 and booked to stay at Norbreck Castle Hotel, on Queen’s Promenade.

However, he says his overnight stay has ‘ruined’ Blackpool for him and insists he will never return.

He has complained about cleanliness of the rooms as well as disturbance made by other guests he claims were having ‘parties’ until 9am the following morning.

The man, who was travelling with family, attempted to obtain a refund when he claims he was told ‘not to bother contacting head office’ by a staff member.

He took to TripAdvisor to share his experience.

Under a one star view, he wrote: “Firstly the whole hotel smells like wet damp old dog.

“The room was dirty and smelt of cannabis there where parties going on in more than one room next door [until] 9am the next morning despite complaining over ten times we wasn’t moved and nobody did anything about the other guest making noise and taking drugs all night.

“After weeks of trying to get a refund I was emailed by the delightful Joanne guest senior manager with the rudest reply [I’ve] ever received in my life (basically calling me a liar and there was no complaints made the night of are stay on the 14th of August 2021).

“Firstly, that’s a lie. Secondly, [our] stay was the 13th so wrong again and then she emailed to say that she didn’t want me to contact her again regarding the issue and to not bother contacting head office.

“I urge people especially family’s to avoid this horrible place. I will never go back to Blackpool again as this hotel has ruined it for me I will loose the money but I will make sure people are aware of this terrible hotel and it’s service.”

Norbreck Castle Hotel is owned by Britannia. They did not respond to a request for comment.

The hotel has been the centre of a number of negative stories over the summer with people spending sums of money and ultimately not enjoying their experience.

Scott Benton MP for Blackpool South, urged hotels to get behind an opt-in accreditation scheme put in place by VisitBlackpool.

Speaking to LancsLive, he said: “Unfortunately there are a number of providers which continue to let Blackpool down which doesn’t just reflect poorly on those hotels and chains but on the resort as a whole.”

“I would plead with them to take every step they possibly can to invest in these hotels.”

Director of Stay Blackpool, Ian White, told LancsLive that the “never ending stream” of “hotel from hell” experiences is down to a number of things including misrepresentation online to having no compulsory accreditation scheme.

 

 

Asylum seekers offered vaccines as part of Blackpool health checks

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Medics are screening 270 asylum seekers who are currently living in Blackpool’s Metropole Hotel after being moved there by the Home Office.

 

Health assessments for the arrivals, who are said to be living in family groups, will include Covid testing and offering vaccinations where required.

The town’s director of public health Dr Arif Rajpura told a meeting of the full council the vaccine van was being used to deliver Covid jabs from the Metropole car park.

Updating councillors on the latest Covid situation in Blackpool, he warned of “a bumpy winter ahead” as the NHS dealt with all the usual winter pressures as well as a backlog of patients and potential spikes in Covid.

Asylum seekers are being accommodated in the Metropole Hotel

Asylum seekers are being accommodated in the Metropole Hotel

He said: “We’ll have Covid cases rising at times, we’ll have flu, other viruses and all the other things winter brings.

“The health and social care system is already under pressure so it’s really important to keep up with measures like hand washing, getting the vaccine and social distancing.

“Do that and get to April and maybe we can look forward to a post-pandemic world.”

While 92 per cent of over 60s in Blackpool are now double-jabbed, just under half of 16 and 17-year-olds have had the vaccine.

By September 26, the vaccine van had delivered 8,118 doses, with many of these reaching those who have been hesitant to have the vaccine.

 

 

Couple fined at Blackpool’s Norbreck Castle Hotel for parking outside while checking for a room

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Around a week after checking the Norbreck Hotel, Georgina said she received a PCN notice from ANPR parking company ParkingEye saying that she was parked illegally and that she had to pay £100 fine

 

Georgina Lister and her Partner Nigel on their first visit to Blackpool
Georgina Lister and her Partner Nigel on their first visit to Blackpool (Image: Georgina Lister)

A couple who stopped to check out room availability at a Promenade hotel have been left stressed and ‘at their wit’s end’ after being given a parking fine.

61-year-old Georgina Lister, a trading assistant from West Lothian, Scotland, had been visiting Blackpool on August 3 with her partner Nigel for the first time after coming down from the Lake District as part of a staycation in the north of England.

They came across the Norbreck Castle Hotel on Queen’s Promenade and decided to pull in to check if there was any availability.

Pulling the car up to the very right hand side of the car park, Nigel went in to enquire about rooms.

The hotel was at the time quite busy, Georgina said, and Nigel was in there for just over half an hour. After speaking to the receptionist, he was advised that the hotel was fully booked.

The couple drove away and managed to find another hotel on the other side of Blackpool where they paid £16 for up to 48 hours of parking.

Around a week later, Georgina said she received a PCN notice from car park management services ParkingEye stating that she was parked illegally and that she had to pay £100 fine.

She told LancsLive: “I have contacted the hotel, spoke to the receptionist and was advised there was nothing they could do as we weren’t residents, they just kept saying that there were signs all over the carpark.

“Obviously not very well sign posted as I didn’t notice anything, and we parked at the furthest away spot from the hotel so as not to take up any spaces on the main area. I explained we had only parked while my partner went into the hotel to check for a room, but again nothing.

Letter received by Georgina Lister regarding parking outside the Norbreck Hotel, Blackpool to check for room availability
Letter received by Georgina Lister regarding parking outside the Norbreck Hotel, Blackpool to check for room availability (Image: Georgina Lister)

“I am at my wit’s end, and I’ve since received another threatening letter from ParkingEye. ”

Georgina has appealed and contacted Blackpool MP Scott Benton who told her that it is ‘unfortunately’ out of his remit and to contact Blackpool North MP Paul Maynard.

She was then advised to contact her local MP but hasn’t had much luck so far. She also written to Britannia Hotels CEO, Alex Langsam, with the company owning the Norbreck.

The Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool
The Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool (Image: LancsLive)

Georgina said: “I just think it’s quite harsh as we never stayed and I remained in the car while my partner checked. I couldn’t see any signs and we were in a strange place that we were unfamiliar with. In Scotland, usually these fines only come from the police or the council however I realised since it’s different here as they can be issued by third parties.

“This was my first trip to Blackpool and it has left me with a not so happy time. I appreciate any help with this issue and I would like to highlight it to make people aware of these Parking Eye fines.”

LancsLive has contacted Parking Eye for comment but did not get a response prior to deadline.

 

 

Heartbroken parents to sue Blackpool Vic for alleged negligence after death of premature ‘Baby J’

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The parents of a baby boy who died shortly after being born at 22 weeks have moved to sue Blackpool Victoria Hospital for negligence after doctors mistook the mother’s labour pains for a water infection and sent her home.

 

Baby J's parents allege that Blackpool Vic doctors were negligent when they sent his mum home with a UTI diagnosis when she was in fact in labour

Baby J’s parents allege that Blackpool Vic doctors were negligent when they sent his mum home with a UTI diagnosis when she was in fact in labour

Baby J was born at home at 5.55pm on September 8 2017 – less than three hours after Blackpool Vic doctors discharged his mum without performing a speculum examination, which may have revealed that she was in labour. The infant died a short time later.

A further miscommunication between ambulance and hospital staff lead to his death being marked as a miscarriage, though an inquest this week heard that Baby J was in fact alive when he was born.

The coroner handed down a conclusion of death by natural causes, with the cause being extreme prematurity.

Baby J’s mum said: “For the past four years we have had to battle for our son’s birth, and short life, to be recognised. We heard him gurgling after he was born and his father and paramedics tried their best to help his breathing until he arrived at hospital.

“To have no recognition of your baby’s life due to a communication mix up is heart-breaking. Nothing we could do could bring him back, but we simply couldn’t allow him to have no place officially in history.”

His father said: “This situation has been very difficult me and for the family. Our baby boy will always be in our hearts, but knowing that justice has now been done, has finally meant our baby boy can be remembered for the right reasons.”

The pair have now agreed to pursue a civil case against Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust alleging negligence in the treatment provided when discharging the mother home when in labour.

Solicitor Emma Stone said: “This was a very traumatic experience for our client and her family, and of course something which will impact on their lives forever.

“The loss of a baby is always a very difficult time, whatever the circumstances of that loss. However, for our client to be sent home from hospital, give birth at home and see her baby boy struggling for life was heart-breaking. This was then further compounded by being told her baby was not being recognised as having lived, meaning there was no post-mortem, and no registration of his birth or death.

“It was for that reason that the family pursued an Inquest and they are grateful to the Coroner for recording that their baby boy had shown signs of life after birth, and that he died of natural causes due to the prematurity of his birth.”

Peter Murphy, Director of Nursing, AHPs and Quality at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said ‘everyone at the Trust was thinking of baby J, his family and his mum in particular who had been through a devastating experience’.

He added: “I want to offer our deepest condolences to them and for them to know that baby J is in our thoughts. This was a traumatic experience and there is help available as and when they need it. The Trust supported the inquest fully and notes the findings of the coroner. The lessons we are able to learn and share from this death will be a priority for us to understand and a basis upon which to improve.”

A North West Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Our deepest sympathies remain with the family of Baby J in what remains an incredibly difficult time for them.

“The Trust acknowledge and take seriously the concerns raised and extend our apologies to Baby J’s family for any distress or suffering that may have resulted. As an organisation we will review our systems and liaise with the coroner and family upon the outcome of that review and any improvements we have been able to make”.

 

 

Filthy Blackpool hotel that ‘ruined’ couple’s honeymoon under investigation

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Staff at The Alumhurst Hotel said that the rooms are ‘nice, cosy and tidy’

 

The OYO Alumhurst hotel in Blackpool
The OYO Alumhurst hotel in Blackpool

Blackpool Council is investigating The Oyo Alumhurst Hotel that left two newly-weds ‘heartbroken’ when they arrived there for their honeymoon on September 13.

The council has previously spoken out following concerns from local hoteliers and Scott Benton MP over the standard of accommodation in the resort.

A handful of hotels have been at the forefront of poor experiences over the summer, leading prominent figures to call for change.

Now, the council has confirmed that it is investigating The Oyo Alumhurst Hotel, said to have ‘ruined’ one couple’s honeymoon this month.

Sonya Cunningham said they had booked ‘a lovely apartment’ for the getaway, but after entering the accommodation was left ‘sick to her stomach’.

Elaine found chips on the window of her reservation in room 27
Elaine found chips on the window of her reservation in room 27

A Blackpool Council spokesperson said: “We have received two complaints from members of the public and we are following them up. If a customer of any business has a concern we will look into it.”

A member of staff at the Alumhurst Hotel told LancsLive: “The rooms we have are clean and tidy, they are nice, cosy and tidy.”

After getting the key to their room and going upstairs, Sonya said she ‘felt ill’ and ‘was nearly in tears’. They told a member of staff ‘it was a disgrace’ and would not be staying at the accommodation.

The newly-wed couple claim they were offered two other rooms to stay in which Sonya described as ‘absolutely filthy’ before stating: “I would not keep an animal in there let alone put my suitcases on the carpets.”

‘I’m heartbroken,’ Sonya said: “It was supposed to be our honeymoon, we ended up in a nice enough hotel although the room was small and we got ripped off because we were walk-ins.’

The ceiling of the Alumhurst Hotel
The ceiling of the Alumhurst Hotel

Elaine Williams-Jones also visited the Alumhurst Hotel on August 20. Elaine was set to stay in room 27 but says she found ‘chips on the windowsill and a dirty bathroom’ when she went in.

After a room change, Elaine also claimed that the new room was also ‘dirty’.

Elaine told LancsLive: “The room was dirty, not made up and there was rubbish still there,” she said. “The bathroom was dirty and filthy, and obviously disgusting as the carpet was dirty.”

The hotel is rated #76 out of 83 hotels in Blackpool on TripAdvisor and has one ‘Excellent’ rating against 15 ‘Terrible’ reviews out of 21 reviews on the site.

 

 

Blackpool honeymoon left couple ‘heartbroken’ with hotel making them ‘sick to their stomachs’

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Staff at The Alumhurst Hotel said that the rooms are ‘nice, cosy and tidy’

 

The Oyo Alumhurst Hotel
The Oyo Alumhurst Hotel

A Blackpool hotel has come under fire after two newly-weds claim that they were left ‘heartbroken’ on their honeymoon due to the state of their accommodation.

Sonya Cunningham booked into the Alumhurst Hotel on Charnley Road in Blackpool for a week to celebrate her honeymoon with her husband.

She said that they had booked ‘a lovely apartment’ but as they were travelling over, she ‘spotted’ on TripAdvisor that the hotel had ‘bad reviews’.

Sonya claims that on arrival she was left ‘sick to her stomach’ and that her experience only deteroriated on entering the room.

A member of staff at the Alumhurst Hotel told LancsLive: “The rooms we have are clean and tidy, they are nice, cosy and tidy.”

Sonya said: “I felt sick to my stomach the fact we had booked this place. I told my new husband this and decided to park the car up, walk to the hotel without baggage to see what it was like.”

Sonya said that the Alumhurst hotel was ‘filthy’ and ‘smelt awful’.

The ceiling of the Alumhurst Hotel
The ceiling of the Alumhurst Hotel

After getting the key to their room and going up stairs, Sonya said she ‘felt ill’ and ‘was nearly in tears’. They told a member of staff ‘it was a disgrace’ and would not be staying at the accommodation.

The newly-wed couple claim they were offered two other rooms to stay in which Sonya described as ‘absolutely filthy’ before stating ‘I would not keep an animal in there let alone put my suitcases on the carpets.’

The pair said they ‘demanded a refund’ but instead were offered free cancellation.

‘I’m heartbroken,’ Sonya said: “It was supposed to be our honeymoon, ended up in a nice enough hotel although the room was small and we got ripped off because we were walk-ins.’

The hotel is rated #76 out of 83 hotels in Blackpool on TripAdvisor and has one ‘Excellent’ rating against 15 ‘Terrible’ reviews out of 21 reviews on the site.

Another guest, Elaine Williams-Jones went to stay at the Alumhurst Hotel on August 20.

Elaine was set to stay in room 27 but says she found ‘chips on the windowsill and a dirty bathroom’ when she went in.

Elaine found chips on the window of her reservation in room 27
Elaine found chips on the window of her reservation in room 27

Elaine says she was also offered a room change and moved to Room 32.

“The room was dirty, not made up and there was rubbish still there,” she said. “The bathroom was dirty and filthy, and obviously disgusting as the carpet was dirty.”

Elaine also said there was the ‘smell of cigarettes’ in the room. .

Other visitors that have left reviews on TripAdvisor have shared their experience of the OYO accommodation.

One guest, who left a review on September 23, wrote: “Will not be returning. Cracked window on the main door, smelly corridors, grubby carpets, no hot water in sink, only one tap works, shower poor, the heating control comes away.

“Photos on the booking app were nothing like it is. Would score minus points if possible. Bed was the only thing decent about it.

Another guest who visited in August 2021 wrote: “Total nightmare of a place. We were two couples who ended up in five rooms as keys broke in locks, keys weren’t available, rooms hadn’t been cleaned, shower wasn’t working etc. Dirty towels and bedding stacked up in hallways until after 5pm.

“So noisy at night as you could hear everyone around you. Beds cheap and uncomfortable and only one wafer thin pillow each. Wasn’t expecting anything posh for the price but my god, we couldn’t wait to get out of here.”

Claims about the standards of Blackpool hotels have been at the centre of the passing staycation period this summer, with a rise in ‘hotel from hell’ accounts coming specifically from the resort.

Despite this, a couple of recent guests have given the hotel an ‘average’ rating.

One, who stayed in September, said: “Looked for somewhere cheap and cheerful and found this hotel for one night after reading the reviews is afraid very afraid but did not need to be from the outside it looks awful and the corridors are old but the room for the price was clean tidy the bed was comfortable and also clean the bathroom is old but was clean.

“Would I stay again yes sure don’t be put off give it a go if you want cheap accommodation”.

The Director of Stay Blackpool, Ian White, accused Booking.com of ‘polishing turds’ after a 5* B&B owner said the resort is becoming a ‘dumping ground’ for the rest of the UK.

Blackpool Council have encouraged accommodation businesses to ‘aspire’ to nationally-recognised accreditation standards amid the ongoing accounts.

There is an opt-in accreditation scheme available to hoteliers provided by VisitBlackpool. Memberships into the scheme, accredited by VisitEngland, cost £49.95 for 1-20 bedrooms and up to £125 for 150+ bedrooms.

Those who opt-in to the scheme are then accredited through the national star-rating scheme or through the Blackpool Approved Visitor Accommodation Scheme.

When OYO Alumhurst was contacted, LancsLive was told twice that the hotel rooms were ‘clean and tidy’.

No additional comment was provided.

 

 

 

 

First asylum seekers arrive at Blackpool’s Metropole Hotel overnight

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Scott Benton MP for Blackpool South has slammed the move as a ‘ridiculous decision’

 

The Grand Metropole Hotel on Sunday night (September 26)
The Grand Metropole Hotel on Sunday night (September 26) (Image: Bpl Bible/LancsLive)

The first asylum seekers have arrived at a prominent Blackpool hotel overnight after weeks of discussions surrounding their placement.

Late last night (September 26) and in the early hours of this morning (September 27), asylum seekers were pictured alighting a bus next to the seafront Metropole Hotel and heading into the building with their luggage.

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The move comes despite outrage from resort bosses over the decision to house more than 300 men, women and children at the hotel on Princess Parade, just off the Promenade.

It is believed that more asylum seekers will continue to arrive throughout Monday and into the week.

The placement has gone ahead despite protestations from Blackpool Council and both of Blackpool’s MPs, Scott Benton and Paul Maynard.

Earlier this month, the council paused proceedings by issuing a notice to Britannia Hotels, which owns the Metropole.

In a statement, council leader Coun Lynn Williams, said: “We have served notice on Britannia Hotels advising that if they close the hotel and use it for the purpose of housing asylum-seekers they will need planning permission for a change of use of the building.”

However, despite lengthy discussions with the Home Office and Serco, the company in charge of housing asylum seekers, the plans have now been put into action.

Scott Benton, MP for Blackpool South, has once again expressed his ‘disappointment’ over the move, calling it a ‘ridiculous decision’.

“I’m extremely disappointed that this placement of asylum seekers is going ahead. Placing a large number of people in a building which is not fit for purpose, at a time when public services in the resort are already under pressure, is a ridiculous decision.

“I’ve made my strong feelings on this issue clear to both government ministers and the council and I will continue to do so. Whilst many towns and cities across England already have, or have had, a placement of asylum seekers, so in this respect Blackpool is not unique, the use of this sub standard accommodation; the hotel’s location in our central holiday area; and the impact upon our local public services when they are already under pressure are all strong reasons why I don’t think this placement is acceptable.

“I would strongly urge the Council to do everything they can to challenge this placement and to examine whether it is permissible on planning grounds.”

Coun Williams previously slammed the decision, calling it ‘wholly inappropriate’ and ‘ill-conceived’.

“This is a closure of a large hotel and conversion to a hostel and that requires planning consent,” she said.

“The Government knows the problems we have here with HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) and hostels and the impact on Blackpool, and yet we are expected to accept a very large HMO in the centre of Blackpool which is one of the most deprived areas of the country.”

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, also shared his concerns, adding: ““Any suggestion that plans are going ahead is deeply concerning. I will continue to urge ministers to seek alternatives, reduce numbers or anything to lessen the impact on the town’s essential services.

“I also hope the Council carry through their plans to enforce planning rules with regards to the Metropole Hotel which Ministers were clear would halt these proposals. SERCO may have a contract with Britannia Hotels, but that does mean either should ride roughshod over the people of Blackpool.”

Coun Lynn Williams has also expressed her disappointment with the Home Office and Serco.

LancsLive contacted the Home Office who declined to comment.

 

 

Blackpool Council leader blasts Home Office for breaking agreement on moving asylum seekers into resort hotel

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The leader of Blackpool Council has criticised the Home Office for breaking an agreement with town hall officials about moving asylum seekers into a resort hotel.

 

Coun Lynn Williams said the council is now reviewing its legal position on the decision to house hundreds of asylum seekers in the Metropole Hotel, who were allegedly moved in secretly last night.

Coun Williams has criticised the Home Office, the Metropole’s owner Britiannia Hotel Group and the private public services firm Serco for breaking an agreement with the council after it was seeking an injuncitve case at court to prevent the asylum seekers being put there.

She said: “We have strongly and repeatedly expressed to the Britannia Hotel Group, Serco and the Home Office, that the proposed use of this accommodation requires planning consent which is not in place. That view has not changed. We also remain of the firm view that this hotel, in this location, is wholly unsuitable for the purpose of accommodating and supporting asylum seekers.

The Metropole Hotel has been used to house asylum seekers despite Blackpool Council fighting against the decision

The Metropole Hotel has been used to house asylum seekers despite Blackpool Council fighting against the decision

“On Wednesday last week we were assured by the Home Office and Serco that we would be informed in advance of any arrivals, and that nobody would be placed in the hotel before Monday at the earliest. This assurance was given at the explicit request of local health leaders, who have repeatedly evidenced the unprecedented level of demand facing local health services.

“It is therefore extremely disappointing that the Home Office and Serco chose to break this agreement and place people over the weekend without notifying local services. This is no way for central government departments and their contractors to behave, and seriously undermines our trust in them.

“We are further disappointed that this has taken place after we informed all parties that as Britannia was not accepting of our position, we were seeking injunctive action that would prevent the proposed use. This would have been heard in court today and I am saddened that they have acted in a way that smacks of a deliberate move to frustrate the justice system.

“We will be working with our partners to ensure that the appropriate support is in place for the very vulnerable families and children who have arrived with us here in Blackpool. Their placement at the Metropole is not of their choosing and I hope our community will show compassion and understanding for the time that they are here.

“In the meantime, and in the light of the changed circumstances, we are reviewing our legal position and will take appropriate action if we are able to do so.”

The decision follows weeks of discussion and disagreements between the parties and the move has also been criticised by resort MPs Scott Benton and Paul Maynard.

Mr Benton, MP for Blackpool South said: “I’m extremely disappointed that this placement of asylum seekers has occurred. Placing a large number of people in a building which is not fit for purpose, at a time when public services in the resort are already under pressure, is a ridiculous decision.

I’ve made my strong feelings on this issue clear to both government ministers and the council and I will continue to do so. Whilst many towns and cities across England already have, or have had, a placement of asylum seekers, so in this respect Blackpool is not unique, the use of this sub-standard accommodation; the hotel’s location in our central holiday area; and the impact upon our local public services when they are already under pressure are all strong reasons why I don’t think this placement is acceptable at all.

I would strongly urge the Council to do everything they can to challenge this placement and to examine whether it is permissible on planning grounds.

My understanding is that 141 asylum seekers – mainly women and girls – have been placed into the Metropole so far and we are expecting this number to increase.

I will be working with all of our local public service providers to try and minimise the impact of this settlement to local residents.”

 

 

Blackpool’s quirky businesses on the market from bakeries to hotels

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One business owner is “happier than a seagull with a stolen chip”

 

Seagull's Nest Cafe on South Shore, Blackpool
Seagull’s Nest Cafe on South Shore, Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

It is no secret that Blackpool has a plethora of quirky and independent businesses.

Take a walk down many of its seaside streets and you’re sure to find a number of uniquely named businesses or tag lines designed to capture your attention.

After all, Blackpool is a busy place where everyone competes for the tourism footfall.

Read more:Blackpool holiday company’s new coffee house and job boom

Currently, there are a number distinctive businesses for sale that stand out amongst the others.

Here at LancsLive, we took a look at some of the most striking businesses on offer.

Seagull’s Nest Cafe – £25,000

Seagull's Nest Cafe on South Shore, Blackpool
Seagull’s Nest Cafe on South Shore, Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

Sporting the tagline “Today I Will Be Happier Than a Seagull With A Stolen Chip”, the Seagull’s Nest has been successful for more than 100 years.

The traditional seafront cafe on South Shore also offers a coffee shop and tea room and has been run by one family.

It is now up for sale at £25,000.

The business has become very well known in the area and benefits from a returning and reliable client base.

It offers a range of homemade food which include pizzas and kebabs which are available for a takeaway and delivery service.

Customers who are eating in benefit from spectacular sea views and regular visits from seagulls.

To find out more, please visit the RightMove listing here.

Dinners Ready – £29,999

Dinners Ready Cafe on White Gate Drive Blackpool
Dinners Ready Cafe on White Gate Drive Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

Dinners Ready Cafe Bar has been well established business for decades providing people with dinner, as promised.

The owner, who has been at the helm for more than 20 years, has thoroughly enjoyed running the cafe however is now selling up due to family commitments.

The business has an excellent, 5-star review rating on Google with one customer stating, “Visited this place twice for breakfast and would’ve been there sooner if we hadn’t have found it by chance.

“Clean, reasonably priced and food done to order, they even remembered the order we had the day before.

“It is also to be said that the Emergency Services use this place, so I always use that as a good sign.

“If you fancy a change from hotel or B+B breakfasts or just a quick lunch, go here.”

The menu currently consists of full English breakfasts, sandwiches, soups, coffees, children’s meals, and daily specials, to name a few from the large, versatile menu.

The business currently operates six days a week and doesn’t advertise but its reputation means custom comes from passing shoppers and word of mouth recommendations.

To find out more, please visit the RightMove listing here.

Pies R Ere – £12,000

Pies R Here delivery service established in Blackpool over 20 years ago
Pies R Here delivery service established in Blackpool over 20 years ago (Image: RightMove)

This is another well established businesses that has been running for over 20 years and the names tells you exactly what you want to hear.

Pies R Ere delivery service operates from a home based on Church Street using a local supplier.

Freshly baked pies are collected and then delivered to the customer’s door.

It has a customer base that spans over Wyre through Pilling, Lancaster, Kendal and Ambleside.

This includes grocery stores, butchers, farm shops, sandwich shops and other catering businesses.

Accounts confirm a turnover in excess of £108,000 with profits after expenses of £19,308.

To find out more about this business, please visit the RightMove Listing here.

Smooth Hound Barbers – £22,950

Smooth Hound barbers on Staining Road, Blackpool
Smooth Hound barbers on Staining Road, Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

This barbers premises has been fully refurbished and is a modern open plan salon.

Housing four chairs, waiting area, large counter reception, two stores and WC, the total area is approximately 68sqm.

The interior aesthetics consists of a wall of mirrors, wood flooring and exposed brick wall and wash basins to the back.

Outside, there is parking for customers on the front car park.

To find out more, please visit the RightMove listing here.

Experimental Bakery – £5,000

Experimental Bakery on Mayfield Avenue, Blackpool
Experimental Bakery on Mayfield Avenue, Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

This recently refurbished sandwich shop is currently available to take on for£5,000.

The shop has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment throughout, including rewiring, plastering, and installation of brand-new kitted kitchen and equipment.

Deemed as “ready to trade”, the business is situated in Mayfield Avenue, close to the very busy trading location of Highfield Road.

The stylish and contemporary shop has large refrigerated display cabinets/counter, servery counter and a preparation area.

It also has a range of equipment including stainless steel extraction unit, two electric ovens, fitted units, double stainless steel sink unit and separate hand wash basin.

There is also a storage area and toilet.

The business previously traded between 9am till -3pm Monday to Saturday and ceased trading in July 2021.

To find out more about this business, please visit the RightMove listing here.

The Address Hotel – £244,950

The Address on Reads Avenue, Blackpool
The Address on Reads Avenue, Blackpool (Image: RightMove)

The Address can be found at the address Reads Avenue.

The 13 bedroom hotel is fully equipped for 30 guests and is busy all year round thanks to it excellent location.

The guest house is close to both the Winter Gardens and the town centre.

Set over three floors, the ground floor has an open plan bar lounge/dining room with wood effect flooring with seating for 30 diners.

There is also a reception area and office and the kitchen has non-slip flooring and a range of commercial equipment

An en-suite twin letting bedroom is also offered here along with private accommodation in the form of a double en suite bedroom.

On the first floor are seven bedrooms which include three en suite family rooms, three en suite double rooms and one single room with own shower and WC.

To the second floor is five bedrooms with one family suite with double room and a single en suite room. There are also three en suite double rooms and one en suite twin).

There is car parking for six cars at the front and paved garden to the rear.

All letting bedrooms have TVs and room refreshments throughout as well as gas central heating, UPVC double glazing and L2 fire alarm.

To find out more, please visit the RightMove listing here.

Suds & Bubbles – £159,950

Suds and Bubbles laundry service on Dickson Road
Suds and Bubbles laundry service on Dickson Road (Image: RightMove)

“You leave it, we do it” is the motto for Suds and Bubble laundry service on Dickson Road.

The laundrette on North Shore is a well established and fully equipped laundry business.

The coin operated laundrette provides service washes and commercial laundry for the hotel and restaurant trade.

The premises has a spacious ground floor commercial area with a self contained two bedroom flat above with separate entrance with kitchen diner with fitted units, bathroom, bedroom and lounge.

This floor also has a patio area.

The accommodation is currently let at £520 pcm.

To the second floor is also dormer bedroom.

Extracts from accounts confirm a turnover in the region of £50,000.