Longer opening hours plan ditched

THE owner of a Sowerby Bridge nightclub has withdrawn his application to be allowed to stay open later.

It follows objections from the police, the council and a bouncer elsewhere in the town who said they were concerned about public safety and crime prevention.

The owner of the Roxy Venue, in Wharf Street, had applied to the council to remain open for an extra 30 minutes, until 2.30am from Thursday to Sunday.

But the application to Calderdale Council’s licensing sub-committee was withdrawn after attracting 10 letters of objection.

The owner was unavailable for comment.

Police are currently pursuing a murder investigation following the death of Richard Reynolds, 42, who died in May after being assaulted yards from the nightclub.

The bouncer said that since the venue opened he had found his job a lot harder “especially at the time when the Roxy is shutting, as most of its customers come to my venue.

“I have to refuse most of them at the door due to them being too drunk.”

Police said later opening was likely to result in increased crime and disorder, and if granted further applications would follow until the premises were open until 3.30am as originally applied for.

They have also received complaints from residents reporting fighting outside since the last application to increase opening hours four months ago.

Council departments have objected on public nuisance grounds.