Nightclub to close earlier after review

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A SCARBOROUGH nightclub will have to close earlier following a review yesterday of its licence.

Management at Vivaz, in Huntriss Row, had hoped to continue opening until 6am but the compromise was reached folowing discussions with Scarborough Police ahead of the hearing at the town hall.

The review was called after police raised concerns over levels of crime in the town centre through the hours of darkness.

Mark Heaton, a licensing officer with Scarborough Council, said that the application was received last November and that a number of violent crimes were linked directly to the venue. He added: “Police have had several meetings with Vivaz over youth events.”

He said there were concerns over underage drinking, a mix of those under and over the age of 18 at events and young people left in vulnerable situations.

Jane Wintermeyer, a solicitor with North Yorkshire Police, said a lot of evidence had been put forward for the hearing and both parties had been involved in talks behind the scenes to reach a “joint position statement” which offered a suggested set of conditions for the licence.

She added: “There are 10 issues that we both feel, working together, would achieve the licencing objectives. The last one is the matter of hours. In our application we were looking at bringing the hours forward a great deal.”

Richard Arnott, the solicitor acting on behalf of Vivaz, said that the hours between 4am and 6am were an important trading time to the business but they accepted it was also important to work in partnership with the police.

He added that the suggested list of 10 conditions was “necessary and proportionate”. “It’s a remedy – it’s about what’s gone wrong and fixing it – it’s not about punishment.”

As well as closing earlier the conditions also included improvments to the CCTV system, better lighting for the cameras and approved door staff.