Town centre nightclub to close

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A Scarborough nightclub has closed down after the owner withdrew an appeal against Scarborough Council’s decision to revoke the licence.

Boleyn’s nightclub in St Thomas Street in Scarborough, most recently known as Karma, will now close with immediate effect.

The club’s premises licence was revoked by the council’s Licensing Sub Committee in December 2013 but the club’s owner, Wayne Morriss, appealed the decision and pursued legal proceedings against the council.

In this week’s hearing, Judge Lower indicated that the legal proceedings brought by Mr Morriss against the council were without merit. He felt the appeal should be dismissed on the basis of problems with the ownership of the club, including Mr Morriss’ lack of control of the tenancy agreements for the different parts of the property.

After considering his position, Mr Morriss subsequently withdrew his appeal.

In supporting the council’s original licensing decision, Judge Lower awarded costs of £14,351 to the council.

Cllr Martin Smith, Scarborough Borough Council Licensing Committee Chairman said: “We are pleased that the legal process has now come to an end and the original committee decision has been proven correct.

“That decision was based on repeated breaches of the terms of the premises licence.

“The breaches resulted in serious problems at the club, which had a detrimental effect on the club’s customers and the town centre community.

“This week’s outcome has been a testament to our partnership working with North Yorkshire Police and the Safer Communities team, all in the interest of providing a safe night time experience in Scarborough town centre for all members of the public to enjoy.”