Monday 29 September 2008

Controversial club's licence application adjourned

AN APPLICATION for a public dance licence for a controversial nightclub on Clontarf Road in Dublin has been adjourned at Dublin District Court.

The adjournment of the application for the Bar Code nightclub, part of the Westwood Leisure Centre complex, was granted by Judge Mary Collins yesterday after objections from the Clontarf Residents Association.

A second objection was lodged by Insp Liam Dillon of Clontarf Garda station.

The judge told the court the application did not include certificates which are now required under the 2008 Act. Certificates required under the Act relate to the employment of security officers, their identity, the use of closed circuit television and matters relating to fire safety.

The judge said club operators Templeville Developments could apply as required for exemptions to the licensing laws. The exemptions could allow them to sell alcohol outside licensing hours between now and December 3rd.

This week, An Bord Pleanála ruled against an application for retention of the Bar Code premises and numerous alterations to the Westwood Leisure Centre complex. Residents say the nightclub is a source of noise and nuisance.

The appeals board upheld Dublin City Council’s decision to grant permission for the retention of elements of the complex, including a health clinic, lobby, and offices as these were ancillary to its use as a leisure centre.

The board’s decision could result in the owners having to demolish parts of the complex .

The Irish Times

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