A TOWN centre nightclub which was the location of a stabbing incident has been given a licence under a new name.
Councillors on the Licensing Panel yesterday approved an application to allow Static on the Beast Market to open permanently.
And it will be allowed to open for 19 hours every day from 9am until 4am.
Static had been trading on temporary licences since it was renamed from Mansion at the end of March.
Yesterday the owner of the club, Paul Clarke, who also owns the Huddersfield Hotel, said he would work with objectors to resolve noise complaints.
Objectors to the application were Johnny and Joe Marsden, who ran the club when it was known as Johnny’s.
At yesterday’s hearing, Mr Clarke said: “It has been a nightclub for over 30 years ... we want to continue providing quality entertainment in the premises which is known for it.
“We are aware that in the past when it was previously known as Mansion there was an urban night and there were a few problems.
“Our aim is to attract the students – it’s a different approach to what it was then (when it was Mansion).
“We’ve done what we can to come up with a sensible compromise.”
During the hearing Mr Clarke accepted that noise from the club could be heard at the Huddersfield Central Lodge, owned by the club’s former owners Johnny and Joe Marsden.
They called for conditions to be attached to the application in a bid to resolve the noise issues some of their customers had experienced.
Mr Clarke said he would lock the sound levels at a suitable level in a bid to resolve the problems.
He also said work on weak spots on the club’s roof would be carried out, which councillors said had to be done within four months.
Mr Clarke added: “We are in the town centre, there is going to be some noise which comes from that.
“Some venues are open until 6am, people are going out later and later, but we think 4am is right for customers of our hotel too.”
At the hearing Clr John Cook said the vibrations rather than the melody of the music were a problem which needed to be resolved.
Clr Cook added: “Mr Marsden and his family have a reputation in Huddersfield for a very long time for running successful venues, I don’t know them personally but I would think they wanted to keep that reputation. I want reassurances that you (Mr Clarke) will work as hard as you can with these people and don’t put your head in the sand.
“Your reputation hasn’t started yet, but no-one wants a reputation for having the problems that have happened.”
Mr Clarke said the style of music would not be urban or RnB, which the Mansion club played.
Joe Marsden, who ran the club for 34 years, also said the club’s owner was arrogant to advertise club nights in May without the guarantee of a licence.
His brother Johnny said he was concerned at plans to allow the club’s revellers to leave via a fire exit on to Southgate – something the applicant had only suggested to minimise noise on the Beast Market near to the Marsden’s hotel.
Static is making a name for itself in the music scene, having recently attracted big names such as DJs Judge Jules, Rob Tissera and Jonathan Ulysses.
But only on New Year’s Eve it was the location of a mass brawl in which six people were stabbed at the club – then known as Mansion. Police closed the club, a decision later backed by Kirklees Council.
Clr Christine Iredale, chairman of the licensing panel, approved the application yesterday but told the club’s owners to deal with the noise issues.