Club granted 8am licence

The Hub on King Street
The Hub on King Street
  • The Hub had applied for one-off 8am licence
  • Council officers raised concerned about drunken behaviour
  • Councillors at committee meeting sided with the King Street club
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A TOWN centre nightclub has been granted a one-off licence to trade until 8am this weekend.

The Hub on King Street applied to stay open later on Sunday morning, a two-hour extension from its usual closing time.

The male shouted and threw the can which just missed (a colleague’s) head

A council street cleaner

This is despite town hall officers voicing concerns after previous extensions resulted in staff being abused by revellers as they left the popular nightspot.

The issue was being discussed at an emergency meeting of the council’s licensing sub-committee on Wednesday morning.

A report from licensing manager Julie Middlehurst recalled first-hand accounts from workers. Including this evidence from a driver of a street-cleaning vehicle: “I went up King Street, turning right into Wallgate, two blokes wailing. One tried to open window (of work vehicle) and asked for a cigarette.

“I said I didn’t smoke so he punched the window and walked away. Everytime I tried to go, he bent down and put his hand in the brushes which were turning at the hand.

“He did this three times and swore at me. In the end I did a U-turn and went the other way.”

Another worker recalled: “I male who was part of a crowd exiting the Hub kicked a drink can towards (an officer) and said to him ‘******** pick that up.’

“A couple of seconds later the same male shouted and threw the can which just missed (the same officer’s) head.”

Ms Middlehurst’s report concludes: “My concerns primarily relate to the safety of customers who are leaving the premises at a time that coincides with the cleaning of King Street.”

The Hub’s application for the temporary event notice, submitted by owner Matthew Hobson, stated the bar has had seven similar licences granted in recent years.

Councillors on the committee granted the licence, with the club later advertising a “warehouse afterparty” until 9am with a cheap drinks offer too.

However, conditions include that a barrier must be placed outside to prevent revellers bursting onto King Street, which will have been re-opened to vehicles by 8am.