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OPPOSITION TO BOOZE LICENCE; Our lives will be made a misery say concerned residents.

Byline: Tina Junday NEWS REPORTER

RESIDENTS have opposed a new Coventry nightclub's bid for an alcohol licence.

Robert Bowell, of Flat Cap Godiva Productions Ltd, submitted an application to sell booze and provide live music and dance at Rehab Warehouse, in Bishop Street. The licence would allow them to sell alcohol from 12pm until 6am seven days a week, although in reaility bosses say they would be looking to hold dance parties on Saturday nights and a midweek student night, as well as some ticketed live events . The building used to house a gym on the first floor, above the Oxfam Homewares shop.

The licence application will be discussed at a licensing and regulatory sub-committee meeting on Monday.

The club owners have agreed more than 20 conditions with West Midlands Police, Coventry Safeguarding Children and Environmental Protection.

They include changing the closing time to 3am from Monday to Thursday, employing qualified door supervisors, installing a CCTV system and noise-limiting device, metal detecting knife wands at the entrances, restricting last admission to 2.30am, the use of polycarbonate glasses, and basic licensing training for all staff.

But a small number of people who live nearby have objected on grounds of public nuisance, public safety and crime and disorder.

One said: "I wish to register in the strongest possible terms my objection to the current licensing application to use the premises as a nightclub. I am already subjected to intolerable noise pollution going on until the early hours of the morning for several nights of the week from another establishment.

"If the application is approved my street will be sandwiched between two sources of late night noise pollution, in addition to the usual anti-social behaviour that comes with late night drinking venues.

"I would implore you to also consider the elderly residents who live in the nearby Lady Herbert's cottages.

Surely the real distress that such places cause to people should be a determining factor in considering whether to grant a licence."

Another said: "The fact that thi club's entrance and exits will fall out onto another club (Clique) could cause major problems and therefore jeopardise the safety of customers from both venues."

But Robert Bowell said: "Our customers will exit onto Bishop Street away from Clique and we have put our own CCTV cameras up to cover any blind spots to keep our customers safe.

"We've also paid for an independent noise assessor which is not expected from us but who will ensure we have the right level of music throughout the building. We don't want to cause any problems. We want to bring something different to Coventry in what is a disused part of the city centre."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Jan 16, 2013
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