Concern over Chippenham club's bid to open until 4am

This Is Wiltshire: Chippenham town and Wiltshire councillor Bill Douglas Chippenham town and Wiltshire councillor Bill Douglas

Chippenham nightclub E11evns is planning to extend its opening hours to 4am and open a second dance floor.

The club on The Bridge has applied to vary its premises licence to add a second room with dance floor and bar, and on Friday and Saturday nights to stay open until 4am and serve alcohol until 3.30am.

Its current licence allows it to serve alcohol on the premises until 3am.

The club was given planning permission in June this year for a 90 sq metre extension on the first floor at the back, where a second dance floor is planned.

It was already given planning consent for this back in 2003 but had to reapply as it had lapsed.

Since then, the first floor of the Citadel Hall next door has changed from retail use to being used throughout the day and evening for dance and other classes.

Ten users of the hall sent letters to Wiltshire Council objecting to an extension, concerned it would block out its windows and make it dark, stuffy and noisy.

Rachel Terry, manager of the Citadel Hall, said: “The air-conditioning units will be pushing stale, smelly air into our windows and the hall. The already high levels of noise will increase.”

One hall user, John Brant, who lives in Wootton Bassett, said the extension would have a “massive impact on their sessions”.

He said: “We have two vulnerable children in our classes who suffer breathing difficulties and with the lack of ventilation coming through to the Citadel this will be to much for them.”

But the Wiltshire Council case officer said the applicant had submitted specifications for roof vents to be installed above the level of the hall’s windows, and considered this to be an adequate ventilation system.

There was no objection to planning permission from Chippenham Town Council.

Town and Wiltshire councillor Bill Douglas said he would not object to the licence extension but wondered if there were enough patrons to make a 4am close profitable.

“If they do not have the patronage it will be self-limiting,” he said.

Wiltshire Police said it was not appropriate to comment during the consultation process.

Chippenham Town Council will consider the application at a meeting this evening. It can be viewed at the Monkton Park council offices by prior appointment, and Wiltshire Council is accepting any representations for or against the application no later than Wednesdaym August 27.

Applicant Claudio Viveiros could not be contacted for comment.

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9:31pm Mon 11 Aug 14

wiltshireborne says...

Are you really going to be doing dance classes at midnight? At 3am? No, you're not. You're unlikely to have any disturbance from them.
Perhaps you should have checked local planning permissions already granted before taking over the Citadel Hall.
And aircon doesn't work like that; they exchange the heat, not the air. Any smells are more likely to be coming from the chippy, chinese and fried chicken places that have been there a lot longer than you - so don't start moaning about them either.
Are you really going to be doing dance classes at midnight? At 3am? No, you're not. You're unlikely to have any disturbance from them. Perhaps you should have checked local planning permissions already granted before taking over the Citadel Hall. And aircon doesn't work like that; they exchange the heat, not the air. Any smells are more likely to be coming from the chippy, chinese and fried chicken places that have been there a lot longer than you - so don't start moaning about them either. wiltshireborne
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12:08pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Egghead1982S says...

This seems to be a badly-written article (what a surprise from the G&H!), mixing up two separate issues. One concerns the extension, which has almost been built now, so objections to the plans are no longer relevant! Then there's the issue of the extended licence - the subject of the headline. This is surely a concern to all residents of the town who already dislike the state of our High Street on a Friday or Saturday night!
This seems to be a badly-written article (what a surprise from the G&H!), mixing up two separate issues. One concerns the extension, which has almost been built now, so objections to the plans are no longer relevant! Then there's the issue of the extended licence - the subject of the headline. This is surely a concern to all residents of the town who already dislike the state of our High Street on a Friday or Saturday night! Egghead1982S
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12:12pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Egghead1982S says...

This seems to be another badly-written article (what a surprise from the G&H!). There are two separate issues here, if you actually read the article: firstly, the oppositions to the planning permission, and considering the extension looks to be almost completed now, it seems quite redundant to report objections that must have been submitted weeks ago! Secondly, there is the issue which the headline actually refers to, namely the longer trading hours of that awful club. As a resident of Chippenham, who hates going through town on a weekend night as it is, I can't say I like the thought of that place trading any longer than absolutely necessary!
This seems to be another badly-written article (what a surprise from the G&H!). There are two separate issues here, if you actually read the article: firstly, the oppositions to the planning permission, and considering the extension looks to be almost completed now, it seems quite redundant to report objections that must have been submitted weeks ago! Secondly, there is the issue which the headline actually refers to, namely the longer trading hours of that awful club. As a resident of Chippenham, who hates going through town on a weekend night as it is, I can't say I like the thought of that place trading any longer than absolutely necessary! Egghead1982S
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2:31pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Andy M says...

I know lets object to anything whatsoever happening to our town centre. Then we can have the blessing of a completely deserted wasteland that make no noise and smells, doesn't provide a place for all those pesky nightclub customers to go out of an evening and makes way for an entire town centre of multinational coffee places, charity shops, phone stores and estate agents.

Nirvana !!

PS .. In case you hadn't clicked, the above is intended to be ironic.
I know lets object to anything whatsoever happening to our town centre. Then we can have the blessing of a completely deserted wasteland that make no noise and smells, doesn't provide a place for all those pesky nightclub customers to go out of an evening and makes way for an entire town centre of multinational coffee places, charity shops, phone stores and estate agents. Nirvana !! PS .. In case you hadn't clicked, the above is intended to be ironic. Andy M
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