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FRAMES: From snooker hall to hotel

FRAMES: From snooker hall to hotel

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A Walton snooker hall is set to become a hotel for football fans after the proposals were approved by Liverpool Council.

Frames, on Cherry Lane, would be converted into a 20 bedroom hotel. Anfield Stadium is 20 minutes away on foot.

The snooker hall had been a fixture in the area for more than three decades but was sold by its original owners in 2016.

It was then renovated and reopened in the summer of 2017 – but documents submitted to Liverpool Council said it had been closed and sold on again to Joe Rooney, who submitted the hotel plans.

A report submitted to the council said: “The target market is for football fans from all around the globe to visit the professional football sport and entertainment Liverpool has to offer. As such it is expected that the accommodation will be occupied, on a daily basis.

‘Guests will typically check in from 2pm until 10pm with checkout at 11am. There will be a set time for check in and there will be a member of staff present. Keypads will provide a robust and efficient technological function to be utilised for access to internal rooms.’

The report said the maximum occupancy for the hotel will be 40 guests, with daytime staff consisting of one permanent manager and one housekeeper.

There would then be a night manager on duty between 7pm and 7am seven days a week.

The application was approved despite concern from some residents about noise and parking. In a response to objections, the applicant said that the hotel would have a robust management plan in place to ensure it is run responsibly.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo in 2015 when the hall was put up for sale, its then co-owner Les Quinlan said he had rejected an offer from a housing developer for the site and that he wanted to find an owner that would keep it as a snooker hall.

Frames was later sold to Peter and Gem Deaville, who refurbished the site and reopened it in the summer of 2017. However, the council documents say the site is now vacant.

Words: Nick Tyrrell, Local Democracy Reporter

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