School Disco venue to face licensing review
Police reported concerns over safety at the club
Hammersmith and Fulham Council will review a nightclub's licence
following a request from Hammersmith Police, in the borough's first case
of its kind since the new licensing laws came into effect on November 24
It is believed that the Hammersmith Palais at 230 Shepherds Bush Road will be the first premises in London to have its licence reviewed under the new laws, after police reported their concerns over safety at the club to the council.
The review means that the council's licensing sub-committee will hold a
special hearing on 2 March 2006 to decide whether the club's licence
should be altered or revoked. The options available to the panel of
councillors include a reduction of licensing hours, the modification of
The specific concerns stated by the Police in their application are as follows:
1) The Prevention of Crime & Disorder - based on levels of Crime and
Councillor Michael Cartwright, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
"One of the main advantages of the new licensing laws is that they give
individuals and organisations the power to request a review of a
licensed venue if they are concerned that it is being managed in an
irresponsible, dangerous or neglectful manner. This first review is an
"At each review the panel has a number of options available to it, including closure, but it must first consider all the facts laid before it, including representations from other organisations or individuals. I can assure residents that firm action will be taken against any licensed premise that does not promote the licensing objectives relating to crime, safety, nuisance and welfare."
Under the new licensing laws, any interested party can seek a review of a licence as long as they can support their request with sufficient evidence, and as with all licensing applications anyone can make a representation.
Anyone wishing to make a representation about the review of the
Hammersmith Palais' licence must give notice in writing between 17th
January 2006 and 13th February 2006 inclusive, specifying the grounds of
representation to the London Borough Hammersmith & Fulham, FAO:
January 23, 2006