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Pappeos nightclub: gets a license on Monday; goes bust on Thursday

June 2, 2010

Notice of repossession posted at the premises on Thursday 27th May

The owners of a rogue nightclub on Caledonian Road wangled a late night licence out of the Town Hall on Monday 24th May only to have the premises repossessed by their landlord three days later.

Pappeos at 169-171 Caledonian Road has been a source of trouble and nuisance to nearby residents for many months.

Despite the opposition of several dozen nearby residents, the Council’s licensing committee granted the Pappeos management a license for dancing and amplified music and to serve alcohol until 2am at weekends. The club had asked for a license until 5am.

But the operators still do not have a planning permission to operate beyond 11.30pm each evening. Despite getting an entertainment and alcohol license, Pappeos still cannot operate unless they get planning permission for the later hours. It is generally quite easy to get an entertainment and alcohol license but very much harder to get planning permission. The club has been operating until 5am  and enforcement action is currently underway by the Council’s planning officials.

In the course of the licensing committee hearing, the operators admitted they wanted to run a “nightclub”. This means the operators will not just have to get planning permission for the extended hours. They will also have to seek permission for a change of use from “cafe/bar” to nightclub.

Now the operators of Pappeos have had their premises repossessed. It is reported that contracters are owned thousands of pounds for work on the building and that other creditors are lined up demanding payment. And the landlord is owed his rent.

Although the Pappeos management have lost their lease, the Council’s decision to grant a license still stands. It is possible that the landlord may now try and re-let the premises to another operator and take advantage of the entertainment and alcohol license granted.

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  1. July 4, 2010 6:19 pm

    Hi – I was trying to find out more information about a licensing application which has been made for the Eagle Pub, which is looking for powers to hold live music and extended opening hours (til midnight weekdays, and 2am at the weekend). Unfortunately, the Council website search is not working (not the first time I’ve tried to look up a license and been unable to do so). There isn’t an awful lot of time to comment on the application (deadline: 14 July).

    I noticed the application in the pub window, and the residents I’ve managed to speak to, who live directly opposite this pub (quiet, residential area), were unaware. Not terribly impressed with the communications over this licensing.

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