Extracts below of email letter from planning dept to Cllr Dawson.
7th August 2014
Dear Cllr Dawson
Site Address: Former John Duncan Shop, Scarisbrick Hotel, 239 Lord Street, Southport,
Alleged Breach: Amusement Arcade.
Thank you for your recent email regarding the above,
I can confirm that I carried out a site visit accompanied by the Principal Planner (Conservation) on 31st July 2014.
Having carried out the site visit I can advise you that firstly the proposed residents lounge in the former John Duncan shop is now operating as an amusement arcade without the required planning permission. In addition internal walls have been removed to the former IT Room, Office and Cash Office immediately behind this unit and they too have been converted into the amusement arcade without planning permission or listed building consent
An internal roller shutter has been installed to the former John Duncan shop front without listed building consent.
The residents lounge in the former 02 shop is open to the public and not exclusively for the use of residents.
Unauthorised advertisements are located on the rear of the building in West Street, on the side elevation in Scarisbrick Avenue, on the side of the canopy and inside the canopy, on the front elevation and a first floor level, the fascia signage is illuminated by “fairy lights”.
As you can see there are a substantial number of breaches of planning control taking place.
I have written to Britannia Hotels who now own the Scarisbrick Hotel and requested an urgent site
meeting to discuss the numerous breaches taking place. I will appraise you of the outcome of the
meeting and any proposed enforcement action.”
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