Bar denied ‘unacceptable’ 3am finish
The Clubhouse’s controversial proposal had been firmly opposed by unhappy neighbours
NEIGHBOURS’ objections to plans for a sports bar to open until 3am at weekends were listened to by Hillingdon Council’s licensing sub-committee.
It rejected an application from The Clubhouse, at Middlesex Stadium, in Breakspear Road, Ruislip, to vary its premises licence.
Minutes of the subcommittee’s meeting on October 3 stated: “The extension of licensing hours would cause an unacceptable impact to residents and harm the premises’ ability to uphold the licencing objective that was to prevent a public nuisance.”
The sub-committee, chaired by Conservative councillor Dominic Gilham, decided to grant the applicant, venue manager Harpreet Dhand, of Astro1 Ltd, permission to create a new entrance lobby area, which Mr Dhand said would act as a sound barrier, and permission to host ‘adult entertainment for stag and hen parties’ less than once per month.
Before the meeting, people unhappy at the prospect of longer opening hours dubbed the proposal ‘a change of use from a football club to a nightclub’.
Mildred Collett wrote: STUDENTS helped to spruce up an orphanage in Bulgaria as part of a school trip designed to give them an international perspective.
The 21 ACS Hillingdon students, aged 15 to 18, decorated bathrooms and bedrooms at the Dimcho Debeliano Orphanage in Silistra and also contributed towards English lessons by playing interactive games.
Throughout the year, they had been organising events to fund the improvements at the orphanage, which houses 55 children aged between six and 20, including some with disabilities, and has been partnered with the school on Vine Lane, “The provision of live/DJ music and an increased number of persons using the venue will definitely be a nuisance to the neighbouring properties.”
Now that it has been refused, The Clubhouse will carry on licensable activities until midnight, Hillingdon, for five years.
Ahead of the trip, the students used social media to forge friendships with those cared for by the charity.
Assistant principal Chris Green said: “It was great to see the students participating in such a worthy community project while with half an hour’s drinking up time, as it has done since April 2011.
The Clubhouse is now operated as a private venture but was once the members-only bar for Hillingdon Borough FC, who still play their home games at the stadium. demonstrating great maturity in some challenging situations.
“Although the physical improvements they made to the orphanage had a great impact, it was the time spent with the children and the friendships forged that proved most invaluable.”