Date set for Grand Hotel licensing hearing

First published in News by

A DECISION is set to be made by the end of the month on whether alcohol can be served into the early hours at Leigh’s Grand Hotel.

A bid to serve booze until 2.30am on Friday and Saturday nights, until 1am from Sunday to Wednesday and until 2am on Thursdays will be debated by Southend councillors on March 26.

The authority has also set aside a meeting room for the 27 and 28 in case the meeting takes more than one day.

The application is part of a plan to breathe new life into the landmark hotel in Leigh Broadway.

A separate proposal has been lodged with the council to install a spa in the basement of the building and Brentwood businessman Michael Norcross, who is also a star of reality show The Only Way is Essex, is keen to turn the premises into a boutique hotel and spa.

Comments (16)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:15pm Mon 12 Mar 12

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place.

Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades.
This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place. Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades. Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 0

6:03pm Mon 12 Mar 12

Broadwaywatch says...

Richy don't shine shoes no more wrote:
This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place.

Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades.
and how far away from the Grand do you live? No one in Leigh I am sure objects to the Grand being brought back to formal Glory but there is some resivation about licensing hours....once again I enquire...how far away from the Grand do you live now you don't shine shoes no more?
[quote][p][bold]Richy don't shine shoes no more[/bold] wrote: This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place. Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades.[/p][/quote]and how far away from the Grand do you live? No one in Leigh I am sure objects to the Grand being brought back to formal Glory but there is some resivation about licensing hours....once again I enquire...how far away from the Grand do you live now you don't shine shoes no more? Broadwaywatch
  • Score: 0

6:21pm Mon 12 Mar 12

Nebs says...

Great news for the towns alcoholics and those who don't have to get up early in the morning for work.
Great news for the towns alcoholics and those who don't have to get up early in the morning for work. Nebs
  • Score: 0

6:46pm Mon 12 Mar 12

Soouthchurch59 says...

Having today driven past the eyesore that was once 'The Grand' (the clues in the name!). I think that Mr Norcross should be applauded for his efforts to breathe a dollop of new life into the tired old dame.
Having today driven past the eyesore that was once 'The Grand' (the clues in the name!). I think that Mr Norcross should be applauded for his efforts to breathe a dollop of new life into the tired old dame. Soouthchurch59
  • Score: 0

6:58pm Mon 12 Mar 12

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Broadwaywatch wrote:
Richy don't shine shoes no more wrote:
This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place.

Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades.
and how far away from the Grand do you live? No one in Leigh I am sure objects to the Grand being brought back to formal Glory but there is some resivation about licensing hours....once again I enquire...how far away from the Grand do you live now you don't shine shoes no more?
about half a mile. You?
[quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richy don't shine shoes no more[/bold] wrote: This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place. Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades.[/p][/quote]and how far away from the Grand do you live? No one in Leigh I am sure objects to the Grand being brought back to formal Glory but there is some resivation about licensing hours....once again I enquire...how far away from the Grand do you live now you don't shine shoes no more?[/p][/quote]about half a mile. You? Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 0

7:14pm Mon 12 Mar 12

j-w says...

Richy don't shine shoes no more wrote:
Broadwaywatch wrote:
Richy don't shine shoes no more wrote:
This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place.

Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades.
and how far away from the Grand do you live? No one in Leigh I am sure objects to the Grand being brought back to formal Glory but there is some resivation about licensing hours....once again I enquire...how far away from the Grand do you live now you don't shine shoes no more?
about half a mile. You?
I could hazard a guess!
[quote][p][bold]Richy don't shine shoes no more[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richy don't shine shoes no more[/bold] wrote: This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place. Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades.[/p][/quote]and how far away from the Grand do you live? No one in Leigh I am sure objects to the Grand being brought back to formal Glory but there is some resivation about licensing hours....once again I enquire...how far away from the Grand do you live now you don't shine shoes no more?[/p][/quote]about half a mile. You?[/p][/quote]I could hazard a guess! j-w
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Mon 12 Mar 12

Broadwaywatch says...

Richy don't shine shoes no more wrote:
Broadwaywatch wrote:
Richy don't shine shoes no more wrote:
This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place.

Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades.
and how far away from the Grand do you live? No one in Leigh I am sure objects to the Grand being brought back to formal Glory but there is some resivation about licensing hours....once again I enquire...how far away from the Grand do you live now you don't shine shoes no more?
about half a mile. You?
It lot nearer than you it would seem
[quote][p][bold]Richy don't shine shoes no more[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richy don't shine shoes no more[/bold] wrote: This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place. Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades.[/p][/quote]and how far away from the Grand do you live? No one in Leigh I am sure objects to the Grand being brought back to formal Glory but there is some resivation about licensing hours....once again I enquire...how far away from the Grand do you live now you don't shine shoes no more?[/p][/quote]about half a mile. You?[/p][/quote]It lot nearer than you it would seem Broadwaywatch
  • Score: 0

7:44pm Mon 12 Mar 12

My Dog is called alfie says...

hopefully he will get what he wants,
maybe then all the older people move away from the noise instead of moaning all the time.
they always have somethink to moan about!
hopefully he will get what he wants, maybe then all the older people move away from the noise instead of moaning all the time. they always have somethink to moan about! My Dog is called alfie
  • Score: 0

8:12pm Mon 12 Mar 12

TB townie says...

I am moving to within 3 mins walk of The Grand from next week and i hope they get the licence. Norcross should be given all the support to bring the place back to life. He has the means to make this a long term venture. Those that oppose this and live in the area knew where they were moving to. Would they prefer the area degenerate and more graffiti is brought to the area? You cant always have your cake and eat it.
I am moving to within 3 mins walk of The Grand from next week and i hope they get the licence. Norcross should be given all the support to bring the place back to life. He has the means to make this a long term venture. Those that oppose this and live in the area knew where they were moving to. Would they prefer the area degenerate and more graffiti is brought to the area? You cant always have your cake and eat it. TB townie
  • Score: 0

9:07pm Mon 12 Mar 12

leighsteve says...

I'm on Leighton ave and can see the Grand from my front window and I can't wait for the licence to be given and this to open! Leigh's great but there's plenty of room to improve - let's get this centrepiece done.
I'm on Leighton ave and can see the Grand from my front window and I can't wait for the licence to be given and this to open! Leigh's great but there's plenty of room to improve - let's get this centrepiece done. leighsteve
  • Score: 0

9:07pm Mon 12 Mar 12

muffindamule says...

Richy don't shine shoes no more wrote:
This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place.

Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades.
Booze until 2:30 a.m. of a weekend ? Sounds to me like someone has thought of the children !
;-)
[quote][p][bold]Richy don't shine shoes no more[/bold] wrote: This is great news, hope they are a success and bring some life back into the old place. Now, I'll pass you onto the "Let it rot", "I blame the immigrants", "It will lower the tone of the are" and "Please, won't someone think of the children" brigades.[/p][/quote]Booze until 2:30 a.m. of a weekend ? Sounds to me like someone has thought of the children ! ;-) muffindamule
  • Score: 0

7:56am Tue 13 Mar 12

JonAbleton says...

Brilliant news getting the place sorted. I guess some peoples concerns will be that due to the Mr Norcross being who he is, they will end up with the Towie Set on their doorstep. Anyone I know who's been to the SugarHut in Brentwood in recent years has seen the place change as more 'Hangers on' visit the place in the hope of seeing someone famous and therefore trouble occuring.
Brilliant news getting the place sorted. I guess some peoples concerns will be that due to the Mr Norcross being who he is, they will end up with the Towie Set on their doorstep. Anyone I know who's been to the SugarHut in Brentwood in recent years has seen the place change as more 'Hangers on' visit the place in the hope of seeing someone famous and therefore trouble occuring. JonAbleton
  • Score: 0

2:19pm Tue 13 Mar 12

sav25 says...

I used to live a few doors from the Mariners, pretty much opposite the Grand.

The mariners sometimes have live music on a Sunday, and even that was too much. I was only early-20's at the time - but we all need to sleep when we have to get up early for work the next day.

I'm not sure this 2am idea is such a great plan...somewhere as small as the Mariners can't stop the shouting, smashed bottles and fighting...so putting this palce opposite is just asking for trouble.

I don't live there anymore so for me it's a good thing, but I fear the residents will have it closed down, or their hours suspended, within 12 months.

...unless Mick can control the punters once they're outside...which he cant...
I used to live a few doors from the Mariners, pretty much opposite the Grand. The mariners sometimes have live music on a Sunday, and even that was too much. I was only early-20's at the time - but we all need to sleep when we have to get up early for work the next day. I'm not sure this 2am idea is such a great plan...somewhere as small as the Mariners can't stop the shouting, smashed bottles and fighting...so putting this palce opposite is just asking for trouble. I don't live there anymore so for me it's a good thing, but I fear the residents will have it closed down, or their hours suspended, within 12 months. ...unless Mick can control the punters once they're outside...which he cant... sav25
  • Score: 0

3:53pm Tue 13 Mar 12

My Dog is called alfie says...

What i cant understand is how can residents complain, leigh town has been there hundreds of years before everyone who lived there was even born, how can these people move there and complain about the noise and troubles? they should have known what it would be like!
i suggest these people should try moving away from a town if they don't like the noise.
What i cant understand is how can residents complain, leigh town has been there hundreds of years before everyone who lived there was even born, how can these people move there and complain about the noise and troubles? they should have known what it would be like! i suggest these people should try moving away from a town if they don't like the noise. My Dog is called alfie
  • Score: 0

11:40am Mon 19 Mar 12

visitmoggie says...

Is there anyone living within close proximity to the Grand who is willing to sign a support petition? If so, please email grandhotelleigh@goog
lemail.com with your name and address, confirming that you would like to be added. Further info available here: http://www.facebook.
com/#!/pages/Support
-Mick-Norcross-renov
ation-of-the-Grand-H
otel-in-Leigh/293985
917321216

FYI, I've heard late night licensing only for hotel residents, not the general public.
Is there anyone living within close proximity to the Grand who is willing to sign a support petition? If so, please email grandhotelleigh@goog lemail.com with your name and address, confirming that you would like to be added. Further info available here: http://www.facebook. com/#!/pages/Support -Mick-Norcross-renov ation-of-the-Grand-H otel-in-Leigh/293985 917321216 FYI, I've heard late night licensing only for hotel residents, not the general public. visitmoggie
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Fri 23 Mar 12

RichardAC says...

My Dog is called alfie wrote:
What i cant understand is how can residents complain, leigh town has been there hundreds of years before everyone who lived there was even born, how can these people move there and complain about the noise and troubles? they should have known what it would be like!
i suggest these people should try moving away from a town if they don't like the noise.
Quite and I don't. I'm quite sad and have just paced out the distance from my front door to the Grand which I can see from my house. 110 yards. I'm going to the Civic Centre on Monday to support Mr Norcross. If you buy a house near a pub/hotel which was there 19 years before your house was built then you should expect it to be used as such. And if Mr Norcross is going to turn a profit and why shouldn't he, he needs to absolutely squeeze every last penny from the Grand.
The NIMBYs might like to remember when the last lot had the Grand with its present very retricted licence it was an absolute dive. Full of drunken druggies and the hotel was not fit for dossers. Just before it closed my wife, mother (in her 80s) and relatives down from Scotland went there for a drink and the place was raided by the drugs squad who went in mob handed. Keeping an orderly house is more to do with the owner and type of clientele they are after. All the evidence so far is that Mr Norcross is OK and his punters will be well behaved. I quite like the idea of Leigh being a bit like Harrogate.
[quote][p][bold]My Dog is called alfie[/bold] wrote: What i cant understand is how can residents complain, leigh town has been there hundreds of years before everyone who lived there was even born, how can these people move there and complain about the noise and troubles? they should have known what it would be like! i suggest these people should try moving away from a town if they don't like the noise.[/p][/quote]Quite and I don't. I'm quite sad and have just paced out the distance from my front door to the Grand which I can see from my house. 110 yards. I'm going to the Civic Centre on Monday to support Mr Norcross. If you buy a house near a pub/hotel which was there 19 years before your house was built then you should expect it to be used as such. And if Mr Norcross is going to turn a profit and why shouldn't he, he needs to absolutely squeeze every last penny from the Grand. The NIMBYs might like to remember when the last lot had the Grand with its present very retricted licence it was an absolute dive. Full of drunken druggies and the hotel was not fit for dossers. Just before it closed my wife, mother (in her 80s) and relatives down from Scotland went there for a drink and the place was raided by the drugs squad who went in mob handed. Keeping an orderly house is more to do with the owner and type of clientele they are after. All the evidence so far is that Mr Norcross is OK and his punters will be well behaved. I quite like the idea of Leigh being a bit like Harrogate. RichardAC
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree