VOTE: Worthing nightclub will re-open and offer day-time activities

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A WORTHING nightclub, which was closed under previous management because of violence and under-age drinking, is to re-open.

Angelik, formerly The Pier, was granted a premises licence by Worthing Borough Council at a licensing meeting last Wednesday.

The club is now set to open in July.

Manager Steve Stevens said: “I’m ecstatic about being granted a licence.

“When people come to the town they all walk down the pier and notice there’s nothing here.

“My belief is that Angelik should not just be a night club – it should be about giving things back to the community.”

Under the conditions of the new licence, the club’s closing time will be brought forward an hour to 1.30am, with a 2am kick-out time.

The venue will also offer day-time activities, including a synthetic ice rink, fitness classes and healthy breakfasts.

The Pier had its licence suspended in March and June, last year, because of consistent violence and under-age drinking at the venue.

In June, Sussex police called for the club’s licence to be revoked.

Instead, Worthing Borough Council suspended the licence for three months and attached several conditions to it, such as improved security.

But the previous owners did not renew the licence, which meant it lapsed and a new one was needed.

Adur and Worthing district commander chief inspector Ian Pollard said: “Drunkenness and violence isn’t acceptable and police support for the suspension of the previous licence shows how seriously we take issues caused by excessive alcohol consumption.

“We are working with the new leaseholders of the premises and there are a number of conditions they need to meet. The new management in place must have the lease officially signed over to them from the previous owners. There has to be an entirely new door staff team and the club will only be able to sell alcohol until 1.30am.

“West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the council’s Environmental Health team have also asked for a number of conditions to be put in place.

“There have been issues with the nightclub on the pier in the past and to ensure that we protect people in the town we will continue to make sure the premises follows all the conditions set out in the licence.”

Licensing sub-committee chairman for the Angelik application, councillor Bob Smytherman, said: “In debating the issues at length and hearing all representations from interested parties, the committee was persuaded that this application would not only provide a welcome benefit to the local night-time economy, but also support the daytime economy as well with the other activities proposed by the applicant.

“Residents are assured that under the current licensing laws there are a number of ways to seek to have the licence reviewed if at any time it was felt that it was having a detrimental impact on the community as a whole.”

Do you think the nightclub can recover from its troubled past? Leave your comments below or cast your vote in the box to the right of the screen.