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Nightclub in Romford Market Place rejected by council

PUBLISHED: 17:38 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:38 13 February 2015

An application has been submited to open a nightclub in the Market Place, Romford

An application has been submited to open a nightclub in the Market Place, Romford

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Residents vowed they would “fight again” if plans to open a nightclub on their doorstep are resubmitted.

The licencing application to open a “late night venue” in Market Place, Romford, was denied by Havering Council today.

A meeting at Havering Town Hall heard the residents of Nayland Court’s concerns that the venue would disrupt their “basic right to a good night’s sleep”.

Other authorities, including the police, objected to the venue which intended to set up where former club, Hush, stood.

Mark Dale, who spoke to the licencing sub-committee on behalf of those living in Nayland Court, said: “I am very pleased that the licence has been rejected.

“I am sure they will reapply with alterations to their applications but we will fight them again.

“We won this time and we will fight them on the beaches next time.”

The initial application was submitted last year and has since been amended several times to include additional noise reducing devises, extra lobby space, plastic cups and reducing their opening hours.

However the committee decided the late night closing time of the proposed club, 3.30am, and subsequent loud noises expected from patrons in the early hours would contravene regulations governing the area.

The Market Place was deemed to be a “mixed use” area due to the presence of businesses, pubs and residential homes.

Jayesh Chauhan, a resident who also spoke at the meeting, added: “It should be a basic right that you get a good night’s sleep irrespective of the day of the week – weekend or weekday.

“This club would have made the Market Place a Mecca for noise.”

Nightclubs have stood on the spot opposite Nayland Court for almost 20 years however the area did not originally have private homes.

The police raised concerns that the late night venue would also cause serious public disorder in the area with patrons potentially using the poles on market stalls as weapons.

Andrew Murrell, representing the licence applicant, dismissed this as he believed “you would need an angle grinder to break one off”.

Chairwoman, Cllr Linda Van den Hende, said: “The submission was based on previous nightclubs [at the same location] and we have carefully considered it at length.

“We feel it falls short and the 3.30am closing time is incompatible [with regulations] regarding a mixed-use area.”


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