Nightclub’s late opening hours

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LA CAFE in Skegness has had its licensing hours reinstated after the owner appealed against the decision to cut back the nightclub’s opening times.

At the hearing on Thursday, East Lindsey District Council’s licensing committee agreed to temporarily overturn its original decision to impose a closure time of midnight and an 11.30pm last orders.

Owner Taj Bola said: “At the hearing we were able to present the full picture of events, which showed we had done everything by the book.

“LA Cafe is now back to business as usual.”

Another stipulation of the review had been that the club employed six door supervisors after 9pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday.

The original decision to review the Skegness nightclub’s opening times was brought about following a request by Lincolnshire Police.

It cited instances of violence and serious disorder as the reason to instigate the fast tracked review.

However Mr Bola felt the decision had been brought about in a ‘heavy-handed way’ that did not take into account ‘local challenges’.

Mr Bola claims that many of the alleged instances of violence at the club had taken place outside the premises.

He attributed these occurrences to the club’s selective door policy that can occasionally result in grievances from disgruntled revellers.

To ensure the safety of those attending the nightclub Mr Bola said that it had gone beyond the original requirements of its licensing by employing six registered door supervisors.

A full review hearing will take place on Monday, April 4.