NEIGHBOURS are fighting back over plans for a nightclub to open for 22 hours a day.
The Amalga Nightclub, at the rear of The De Burgh Arms, in Station Approach, West Drayton, will have its application heard on Friday by Hillingdon Council’s licensing subcommittee.
Councillor Dominic Gilham (Con), who represents the Yiewsley Ward, has written to the committee outlining the issues raised, mainly concerning the level of noise and disorder the granting of the application could bring. He said his main worry was that door staff would only be present after 10pm.
In his submission, he states: “I have spoken with many local residents and school teachers and also the local Safer Neighbourhoods Team,” he said.
“On more than one occasion I am aware that police have been called to the premises and if door staff are not present then the applicant is not keeping the public safe.”
He cited a stabbing that happened last summer, but the applicant, Percival Johnson, said that was a ‘one-off incident’ involving two people who had been at the club but had then left before the assault took place.
He said: “There has been no trouble apart from that – that happened off the premises.
“The two people just happened to be at the club earlier; they can’t hold that against us.
“The current licence is until 1am; that is not enough to be able to run a club.
“The pubs are open until then. What’s the point of having a club that closes the same time as a pub?”
The committee’s option are as follows: grant a licence for the club – which holds 180 people; refuse the application; or grant, but with a change in hours.
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