Ruthin nighclub wins back licence and substantial costs

January 2011

Live events industry

A NIGHCLUB IN North Wales has won back its licence and left the Local Authority  with a £25,000 bill for costs. The V2 Nightclub in Ruthin successful in overturning a decision to revoke its premises license by Denbighshire County Council who had to meet the club’s £25,000 costs – making history under the 2003 Licensing Act. The V2 had its licence revoked in July after ‘failing to adhere to strict licensing laws’ following complaints by residents, and an incident in June but Gareth Turner, managing director of Birch House Business Centre who own V2, said: “We felt we were very unfairly treated by the council, we had spent a vast amount of money improving the premises since taking over last October and to suffer three reviews in a matter of eight months was unmerited.” Local businesses such as licensed premises, taxi services and food retail outlets wrote in support of the club as trade in Ruthin town centre was severely affected by the closure.
The Authority also refused to agree tp a compromise agreement put to them at the beginning of the scheduled three-day hearing resulting in considerable expenses being incurred by both parties.

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