Lambeth Council’s licensing committee, made up of Councillors acting in a non party political capacity, have heard and upheld a licensing review for Club65 in the Vauxhall arches after violence including gun use happened earlier this year. The result is the closure of the club.
The bouncers were accused of excessive force which resulted in a reprisal shooting - though the suspects are still at large. This follows the death by asphyxiation of a club goer in 2014 after rough treatment from the bouncers, as well as various breaches of conditions laid down by the licensing act.
The story has been in the Evening Standard here and the agenda, papers and minutes of the hearing which outlines the concerns raised by Police and discussed by the committee can be accessed here
As Councillors we support well run businesses in the night time economy but if they are not ensuring the safety of their customers or not resolving anti social behaviour or crime issues then we don't want them here.
All licensable premises in Lambeth whether an off licence, a café, pub or nightclub should contribute to, or not have a negative impact on our four licensing objectives:
• preventing crime and disorder
• public safety
• preventing public nuisance
• protecting children from harm
More details of Lambeth’s policies, processes and practices can be found here
If you've got concerns over pubs or nightclubs not behaving responsibly then do get in touch with us or the Oval Safer Neighbourhood Team. There is a handy interactive map of premises in Lambeth, the times of operation and other aspects of their licence if you are concerned that things are going on later than they should be (or you fancy a later drink after work and need to know who's open late!)