Chichester nightclub ordered to close

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A TROUBLED nightclub has become the first in the Chichester area to have its licence suspended following complaints about alcohol-fuelled trouble.

Thursdays Nightclub in Drayton Lane has been ordered to shut for 14 days by licensing councillors.

The club’s owners must appoint new staff, install CCTV and ensure workers are trained before it re-opens.

It’s opening hours have also been slashed.

When the club re-opens it will have to shut at 3.30am instead of 4.30am and stop serving alcohol an hour earlier at 2.30am following the decisions by Chichester District Council’s Licensing sub-committee members.

Chief Inspector Alistair Darge of Chichester Neighbourhood Response Team welcomed the decision. He said: ‘The nightclub has caused distress to many locals and Sussex Police will not tolerate further instances of violence and drunkenness.’

Other conditions also include ordering a bus service taking customers to Chichester must stop at 3am instead of 4.30am.

And an ID-on-entry system must also be installed to help identify the culprits if there is any rouble at the premises.

Jean Irving, Sussex Police licensing and public safety manager, said: ‘Sussex Police are under an obligation to the residents of Sussex to hold problem premises to account for their behaviour. This result sends a very strong message to this and to other licensed premises that we will not hesitate to take decisive action against premises which serve drunk people and permit drunken behaviour.

‘In the case of Thursdays Nightclub constructive discussions between the police and premises management prior to the hearing meant we were able to submit to the committee for their approval, a raft of measures and conditions which we believe will ensure the premises is well run in the future.”

Solicitor James Anderson, representing the nightclub’s owners, said: ‘The review application had been something of a wake-up call for [my] clients.’