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Music venue shut by cops gets licence; Six-week go-ahead for entertainment.

Byline: JACK THOMSON

A Paisley music venue that was shut down by police during its debut gig has secured a temporary public entertainment licence.

Rocknrolla's was granted the six-week licence at Wednesday's Regulatory Functions Board on the proviso that noise is kept low enough so neighbours won't hear it.

The venue was forced to halt a concert earlier this month when cops visited to probe complaints about the noise.

Fans had packed into the former church in Wellmeadow Street on Saturday, October 19, to see the performance of bands Start! and Lemonsoul.

However, they had to leave when it was revealed the venue didn't have a public entertainment licence.

But now Renfrewshire Council officers and elected members have granted a six-week licence to the applicant Amigo Leisure Limited for the premises.

Rocknrolla's planned activities were listed in the Regulatory Function Board's papers as "live music, weddings, private functions, darts competitions, charity and sportsman's dinners".

Following its approval, the temporary licence applies for six weeks from the date of the board.

In a statement on Facebook, Rocknrollas thanked the local authority for a "fair hearing" and said it can now "move forward".

It said: "We would like to publicly thank Renfrewshire Council, the licencing committee, the licencing officers and the councillors all of whom contributed in us receiving a fair hearing yesterday.

"The success of this meeting now allows us to move forward without any problems with events.

"There have been a lot of frustrations over the last few months which are now hopefully behind us.

"We would also like to thank you the public for all your support and hopefully that continues.

"We have a lot of good events coming up please show your support."

The decision was met with a positive response, with Jill O'Brien posting: "Fantastic! Onwards and upwards."

Linda McSherry added: "Brilliant news" and Michael Campbell said: "Well done!"

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Author:JACK THOMSON
Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Nov 1, 2019
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