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Council decision to revoke licence upheld

A hearing at Tower Bridge Magistrates Court has found in favour of Lambeth Council and turned down an appeal against the council’s revocation of the licence for a trouble ridden Crystal Palace nightclub.

Mr Bobsie Stanbury appealed against the council’s licensing sub-committee decision to revoke his licence following a review by the environmental health department.

The decision, taken last September, came after many complaints from local residents about noise from the club and about crime problems both inside and outside Dyjams.

The court heard that Mr Stanbury had not taken the opportunity to work with the council or the police when difficulties needed resolving and had been successfully prosecuted earlier this year for two breaches of a noise abatement notice.

The court was also told of a series of violent incidents connected to the club, which led the police to support the licence review and call for revocation.

Costs were awarded to both the police and the council.

“We encourage responsible licence holders to work with us and we are happy to support them”, said Councillor Lorna Campbell, Lambeth Council cabinet member elect for the environment.

“But we have an over-riding duty to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents, and if licence holders are unwilling to co-operate with us and act irresponsibly we will use our powers.”

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