Posted: Wed 25th Sep 2019

Updated: Wed 26th Feb

Nightclub refused licence extension

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Sep 25th, 2019

A bid to keep a nightclub open until 4am seven nights a week has failed.
Llandudno’s Broadway Boulevard , on Mostyn Broadway, met with opposition from residents who said they feared a rise in anti-social behaviour in the early hours of the morning.
Mr Javed Khan, the club’s owner, made the application to the council’s licensing committee.  Members were told by residents who live nearby of sleepless nights and finding rubbish in their gardens from late night revellers.
Dafydd Watkin said: “The sound level we hear until the early hours is unbearable, meaning you can’t sleep, many people have anxiety and it’s a great concern.
“Another issue is anti-social behaviour after the club finishes when people pass by in a drunken state and many times the police have not been present.”
During the hearing the club’s assistant manager Momen Khan agreed to change the application to an extension for Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays on bank holiday weekends.
The club’s manager, Bijan Sharifian, told the committee: “Within our perimeters we do monitor and we do communicate with the police. We also have CCTV outside the venue so we can see anyone being a nuisance. We will try to minimise any disturbance to resident’s sleep.”
Neighbours however said they still feared an increase in rowdy behaviour in the area.
Barry Watkins said: “Although I have some sympathy for the applicant as he is trying to run a business one or two of the things that happen around 3am are not within his control. It would be nice if the security people were able to ensure that drinks are not leaving the club because we are finding drinks in our gardens and in the hedges.”
Another neighbour, Colin Singleton, added: “We totally object to the 4am opening. Yes they do try to control people at the door but 50 yards down the road they have no control.”
Despite the offer to amend the application the sub-committee rejected the plans for 4am opening.
Chair of the sub-committee, Cllr John Roberts, said: “The concerns of the neighbours are specifically related to noise and people leaving the premises at a late hour with the noise and anti-social behaviour that follows.
“Having heard from the applicant that everything in place at present is there to prevent a nuisance and that the neighbours continue to be affected we do not feel that there are any further conditions that can be applied if an additional hour is granted.
“The committee was satisfied when it heard from the neighbours and the committee is concerned that it will only move the problem to a later hour. The committee acknowledges the offer to amend the application but we do not feel this overcomes the concerns of the neighbours. The position of the committee is to refuse the application.”
The applicant can appeal the committee’s decision to the Magistrates Court.

By Shane Brennan – Local Democracy Reporter

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