Club faces review after violence rise

Vivaz in Huntriss Row
Vivaz in Huntriss Row

A POPULAR Scarborough nightclub could have its activities curbed over concerns about violence and the conduct of its door staff.

Police say they have been left with no choice other than to apply for a formal licensing review of Vivaz, in Huntriss Row, after a rise in the number of crimes which have been directly linked to the venue.

Tony Quinn, Scarborough’s safer neighbourhood inspector, said that young people had been placed in vulnerable situations at the club and that Vivaz management had shown a “seeming inability” to address the police’s concerns.

He added: “In 2011 there has been an increase in the number of violent crimes and anti-social behaviour incidents linked directly to Vivaz which have involved persons under 18.

“We have also had other serious crimes which are directly linked to the club and concerns over the lack of care by door staff at the club have again been raised.”

A hearing will be held before Scarborough Council’s licensing sub-committee early in the new year and police have requested that extra conditions be imposed on the venue’s licence.

Concerns over the levels of violent crime, drink promotions and the conduct of door staff at Vivaz were first raised by police in April last year, when a meeting between management at the venue, the police and the council was organised.

Police say that although incidents reduced after new measures were put in place at Vivaz following the meeting, crimes then increased once again.

A series of subsequent meetings failed to address the issues, the police claim, leading to the application for the licence review.

It is also alleged that the club failed to follow strong police advice to bring in “safeguarding measures” for youth events, leading to young people being put at risk.

The Evening News understands that Paul Murray, the owner of Vivaz, has resigned from his role as the venue’s designated premises supervisor. It is believed that he has been replaced by Oliver Mark O’Brien.

No-one from Vivaz was available for comment yesterday.

Vivaz has become the latest Scarborough town centre venue to have its licence reviewed.

In April, nine new conditions were added to the licence of Blue Lounge in St Nicholas Street after police said it had become a crime hotspot.

The same month, the licensees of The Hole in the Wall, in Vernon Road, were allowed to keep their licence at a review despite an application to have it revoked, after underage teenagers were found in the pub.

In December 2009, Boleyn’s nightclub had its opening hours cut after a licence review hearing heard about 91 incidents at the venue in 15 months.

Anyone who wishes to make representations on the Vivaz licence review application should write to Licensing Services, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG.

The deadline for submissions is Monday.