Judge backs Cornwall Council’s decision to revoke licence for Newquay nightclub

A district judge has backed up the decision of Cornwall Council's Licensing Act Sub-Committee to revoke the premises licence of a Newquay nightclub.

The original decision was made on 25 April 2018, following a review of the licence for Eden Bar on Beach Road.

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The committee acted after a review was instigated by Devon and Cornwall Police because of numerous breaches of licence conditions and violent incidents involving the premises licence holder.

The Committee considered other issues including registered door staff not wearing their security industry authority badges, not keeping an up to date incident book and allegations of underage drinking.

The Committee said that having considered the information and the licensing objectives, prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, public nuisance, and protection of children from harm, they had no option but to revoke the licence in the interest of the wider community.

The licence holder objected to the decision, and an appeal was heard at the Bodmin Magistrates Court last week.

District Judge Diana Baker told the court she was entirely satisfied the Sub-Committee made the correct decision. The appeal was therefore refused on all grounds raised by the Appellant.

The Council were also awarded its full legal costs of £33,367 to be paid by Mr Memet Aldemir.

Councillor Jesse Foot, chairman of the Licensing Act Committee, said: "I am pleased that the court has backed our original decision, and especially that full costs have been awarded, so this case has no detrimental effect on the taxpayer."

"This case is a good example of effective partnership working with Devon and Cornwall Police to tackle issues that can have a real effect on people's lives."

"Thankfully, it does not reflect the majority of businesses in Cornwall who fulfil the conditions of their premises licences properly."

Posted on 4 December 2018