Published on February 7th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
2010 See’s Record Costs Awarded of £24,600 Against Council in Licensing Appeal
December 2010 saw record costs awarded against a Licensing Authority
THE V2 Nightclub in Ruthin has been successful in overturning a decision to revoke its premises license.
They have also received costs of over £24,600 from Denbighshire County Council – making history under the 2003 Licensing Act.
The venue had its licence revoked in July 2010 after ‘failing to adhere to strict licensing laws’ following complaints by residents, and an incident in June.
Gareth Turner, Managing Director of Birch House Business Centre who own V2 said: “We felt we were very unfairly treated by the council, we had spent a vast amount of money improving the premises since taking over last October and to suffer three reviews in a matter of 8 months was unmerited.”
Many local businesses such as licensed premises, taxi services and food retail outlets wrote in support of the club remaining open as trade in Ruthin town centre was severely affected by the closure of the club.
Mr Turner added: “At the beginning of the scheduled 3 day hearing, a compromise was put to the Licensing authority, which they refused, resulting in considerable expenses being incurred by both parties.
“We are now looking forward to reopening the club and to creating a close working relationship with the Police, Licensing Authority and the local residents.”
Lisa Benskin, Head of Dispute Resolution at Chester and North Wales based Hillyer McKeown, who represented V2 commented:
“We’re delighted at the award of such record costs against the Council in light of their failure to scrutinise the evidence in this matter which could have avoided the revocation of the Licence and the appeal altogether.”
Two appeals were lodged against council decisions to revoke the licence of V2 nightclub.
Conditions have now been added to the licence to allow the premises to trade again. In light of the reversal of the judgement, Denbighshire County Council will continue to work with the owners of the nightclub.
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