New look for town’s nightlife

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

ALDER­SHOT’S main night life hub is set to change hands this week­end as Yates’s closes its doors to be re­placed by Pop­world.

Lit­tle more than a month af­ter Yates’s had an ap­pli­ca­tion to re­main open un­til 3.30am ap­proved, the large Pop­world chain will step in with a grand launch next Fri­day. The in­com­ing night­club com­pany prom­ises rev­ellers a ‘high en­ergy night out’ and will also stay open un­til 3.30am, with last en­try re­main­ing at 1.30am.

Yates’s, owned by Stonegate Pub Com­pany and a pop­u­lar haunt of club­bers in Vic­to­ria Road for years, will close for the fi­nal time on Satur­day to al­low for the re­fit, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of VIP booths where there will be wait­ress ser­vice. Pop­world will cre­ate 10 new jobs.

Neigh­bours may be less than im­pressed by the prospect of the open­ing week­end cel­e­bra­tions planned at Pop­world, which will fea­ture fire breathers, stilt walk­ers and ‘Jaeger girls’ on Fri­day and Satur­day nights.

Wrist­bands will also be handed out to those who sign up as a mem­ber with a chance to win a £500 cash prize. Cock­tails are served in the cus­tomer’s choice of ves­sel, such as a glass, top hat or even a disco ball.

Gen­eral man­ager Michaela O’Conell said: “We’re re­ally ex­cited about launch­ing Pop­world in Alder­shot and know it will be a great suc­cess.”

Yates’s was given per­mis­sion by Rush­moor Bor­ough Coun­cil’s li­cens­ing sub-com­mit­tee to re­main open un­til 3.30am in June, a de­ci­sion that was crit­i­cised de­spite no ob­jec­tions be­ing put for­ward by Hamp­shire Con­stab­u­lary. Coun­cil­lors have claimed that later open­ing hours will cause neigh­bours to have to put up with dis­tur­bances, and some warned that copy­cat ap­pli­ca­tions from sim­i­lar and re­lated es­tab­lish­ments would fol­low.

This was re­alised when Rush­moor Ke­bab, lo­cated fur­ther along Vic­to­ria Road, sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­tend its clos­ing time from 2.30am to 3.30am soon af­ter Yates’s, and a hear­ing was sched­uled to take place on Tues­day at 10am.

How­ever, this was post­poned af­ter the shop owner was in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent on his way to the hear­ing. With coun­cil mem­bers and of­fi­cers wait­ing to be­gin, ap­pli­cant Hasan Karadal was said to have been stuck in traf­fic and then in­volved in an ac­ci­dent. Chair­man Alan Fer­rier said the hear­ing would take place at a later date but that the ap­pli­ca­tion may be de­ter­mined in Mr Karadal’s ab­sence if he failed to at­tend again.

Hamp­shire Con­stab­u­lary’s li­cens­ing of­fi­cer PC Ian Barnes was due to say the shop al­ready re­mained open later than per­mit­ted.

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