POLICE have been successful in an unusual bid – to get a Huddersfield nightclub to open longer.
Eden club managers had only asked for it to be allowed to open until 4.30am Monday to Sunday.
But licensing panel councillors were yesterday urged by police to increase the opening hours.
In a report for the panel, Pc Richard Farrand, licensing officer, said: “The applicant has applied to close the premises to the public at 4.30am Monday to Sunday.
“I suggest the opening hours are increased until 5am Monday to Sunday.
“This would assist the gradual dispersal of customers from the premises.
“Problems have been experienced in the past on the streets of Huddersfield when Eden closed at 4am.
“When Eden closed at 4am patrons had gone into Huddersfield and attempted to get into other clubs that are licensed until 6am.
“This resulted in public order problems outside these premises when entry had been denied.”
He added that the “playing of recorded music be extended until 4.45am. There should be NO extension to the sale of alcohol or other licensable activities.”
The panel approved the application subject to conditions some of which need to be implemented within 28 days.
Tony Hodges who runs the club in the Beast Market, said he was delighted a panel had granted the club a premises licence.
Previously the club had held licensed events which had been covered by temporary event notices.
The panel, which met at the town hall yesterday, dismissed calls by environmental health for the application to be refused outright.
Eden Nightclub is part of the larger former Huddersfield Hotel complex and was said by Martin Wood, senior environmental health officer, to need costly structural improvements in order to address noise concerns.
Council officers had received a number of complaints about the club.
One came from Joe Marsden of the nearby Central Lodge Hotel, which has bedrooms facing the club.
Ironically Mr Marsden had previously run the club when it was known as Johnnys.
He complained about the bass music emanating from it.
And Mr Wood, in his report, said the club’s music system was “too powerful” and that DJs would “turn the level up” when managers were “not looking”.