OWNERS of Bamboodle have lost an appeal to have their licence restored.
In March Stratford District Council’s licensing panel revoked the premises licence of the bar and grill on Union Street for public safety concerns and failure to prevent public nuisance, crime and disorder.
Bamboodle appealed that decision, which led to a three-day court hearing at Coventry and Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court in Nuneaton.
At the hearing the court found that there was no doubt local residents had been ‘severely adversely’ affected by noise nuisance, with crowds of people associated with Bamboodle on the pavement and highway causing unacceptable noise.
It was proven the door staff and management of the club have little regard for the number of customers on its premises with consequent risk to those inside. The court noted with ‘considerable concern’ the potentially awful consequences which would have followed a fire or other emergency.
And despite frequent warnings and advice the management of Bamboodle appeared to have done nothing to attempt to comply with the maximum capacity requirement.
Magistrates this week chose to dismiss the appeal.
One said: “We have decided through an overwhelming weight of evidence that despite every opportunity the licence holder has continued and continues to disregards its licence conditions. We concur with the finding of the licensing authority’s review that there is no real likelihood that the licence holder will operate to promote the licensing objectives. We do not believe that the decision of the licensing committee to revoke the licence was ‘wrong’ and accordingly the appeal is dismissed.”
The appellant company was also ordered to pay all the district council’s costs of just over £25,000.
Coun Susan Adams, licensing panel chair said: “This is another case that has shown that the district council considers licensing issues seriously as well as public safety and welfare. Members of the public are entitled to enjoy a night out in a safe environment and that is what the panel is keen to endorse. This has been a long process and the judgement praises the professionalism and credibility of our witnesses and I would like to thank everyone involved in this case who have worked so hard on this over many months.”