Aura nightclub denied licence

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The owners of Scarborough’s biggest nightclub have failed again in a bid to reopen.

Karma, formerly Boleyns, will now be called Aura, and was once again after an alcohol license until 5am.

Today Scarborough Council’s licensing subcommittee denied their request.

North Yorkshire Police submitted a scathing 20-page objection to the council.

In her submission PC Deborah Cooper says that the applicant has not shown there is an exceptional circumstance that would allow another licensed premises to open in Scarborough’s Cumulative Impact Zone.

She wrote: “From a policing perspective this venue has had a long association with crime and disorder and poor management.”

She adds that she disagrees with the applicant’s claim that it consulted fully with police.

“[We] find it strange that only five months ago this applicant risk assessed this venue and came to the conclusion it was necessary to volunteer 158 condition, yet on this occasion they believe only 25 are necessary, a fifth of which [we] do not believe are actual conditions,” PC Cooper wrote.

She goes on to say that the force’s Financial Investigation Unit could find no record of the company ‘Aura Scarborough Ltd’ on the Companies House register.

One of the few things the police and applicants agreed on is a condition that the former manager of Karma, Wayne Morriss, is not allowed to be involved in the running of the venue in any capacity ‘other than to maintain and repair the lighting system’.

North Yorkshire County Council also objected, stating the conditions offered do nothing to protect children from harm. Karma’s licence was revoked in 2013 after the police called for a review following a number of instances of trouble.