RESIDENTS living near a Ruthin nightclub have branded proposed licensing changes as an “infringement to their human rights”.
V2 nightclub in Lon Parcwr has applied for variations to its licensing arrangements, including being allowed to let people in later at night.
Objections to the changes, due to be discussed by Denbighshire’s Licensing Sub Committee on Thursday, have been made by nearby residents opposed to extending the last entry time from midnight to 12.45am.
One said: “The residents of Prior Street and Canol-Y-Dre are already subject until midnight to the anti-social behaviour of club patrons including shouting, swearing, chanting, fighting and banging on doors. Granting them an extension to the entry time simply extends the time we residents have to endure this behaviour that ruins our weekends.
“At the moment we have a brief interlude from the bulk of this disruption between midnight and about 1.30am, when people start leaving the club. Granting them the extension will cut this peaceful time in half.”
Four written representations were originally received by Denbighshire County Council in response to a public notice about the changes but following discussions two of these have said they are now satisfied their concerns have been addressed and have withdrawn their representations.
A report to be considered by the sub committee says: “The majority of the proposals concern conditions that are either no longer relevant or have been updated.
“However, there are some that Members will wish to give particular consideration to due their potential impact on the licensing objectives.”
The other objection letter reads: “We have witnessed over the years the state of the human traffic going to and from the V2, many of which in our opinion should not be allowed entry to the nightclub due to the severity of their inebriation.
“Allowing the clientele entrance to the nightclub at a later time is encouraging the clientele to get themselves into an even worse state before entering the nightclub. This for the residents of Canol-y-dre can only mean disaster: the noise that emanates from the crowds means that on a Saturday night from 9pm there will be constant noise until 3am on Saturday morning. Not to mention the damage caused and the urinating in the street.
“So our argument is that depriving us of sleep so that a company can make money, which is the underlying issue, is an infringement of our human rights.”
The sub committee can decide to grant the changes, impose certain conditions on the changes, or to reject the application entirely.