Petition to save popular nightclub

Vivaz, in Huntriss Row
Vivaz, in Huntriss Row

BOSSES at a popular Scarborough nightspot which is facing a review of its licence have launched a petition in a bid to safeguard its future.

The hearing for Vivaz, in Huntriss Row, is due to be heard in the New Year by Scarborough Council’s licensing sub-committee.

Police said they have been left with no choice other than to apply for a formal licensing review after a rise in the number of crimes which have been directly linked to the venue – officers have requested that extra conditions be imposed on the venue’s licence including reducing opening hours at weekends.

But owner Paul Murray said he had complied with previous police requests to cut crime and disorder and legal bills relating to the review will end up costing him thousands of pounds.

He said: “I’m fighting for my business and 15 people’s jobs.

“Everything they’ve asked for we’ve done. We’ve sacked doormen – I’ve had to give a week’s pay for every year they’ve worked for me – it’s cost a lot of money.”

He added that officers have asked him to close at 3am at weekends but people did not usually arrive at the venue because town centre bars were open until later.

Mr Murray is expecting to get between 2,000 and 3,000 signatures on the petition and it had already generated a large amount of interest.

Police have said that although the number of incidents reduced after new measures were put in place at Vivaz, following previous meetings, crimes subsequently increased once again.

Officers have said that during this year there had been an increase in the number of violent crimes and antisocial behaviour incidents linked directly to Vivaz which have involved persons under 18.

Other serious crimes, which are directly linked to the club, have also been reported and concerns over the lack of care by door staff at the club had again been raised.

Concerns over the levels of violent crime, drink promotions and the conduct of doorstaff 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.

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.

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