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Pub plan is thrown out

PUBLISHED: 14:47 18 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:13 23 August 2010

A DAMNING police report has helped quash plans for a nightclub at a former Gala Bingo hall. Gravesham Borough Council s regulatory board voted to reject two applications to convert the New Road building into a pub or into a nightclub last Wednesday. A s

A DAMNING police report has helped quash plans for a nightclub at a former Gala Bingo hall.

Gravesham Borough Council's regulatory board voted to reject two applications to convert the New Road building into a pub or into a nightclub last Wednesday.

A site visit by board members on October 31 drew positive comments about the proposals, but a submitted police report said 770 calls had been made to the police due to problems in the area this year alone.

PC Mark Wibberley, crime reduction officer, said: "The sudden increase in numbers of people emptying into the streets at closing time and the increased demand for other facilities such as food outlets and taxis all contribute to the likely occurrence of crime and disorder."

Board members were unanimous in their rejection of plans for a pub, but were torn by the suggestion that the nightclub could also be used as a comedy club, conference centre, and venue for Asian weddings at other times.

Councillor Conrad Broadley said: "The application is for five different uses. The first four all look fantastic and the comedy club should be encouraged. It would be ideal if we could approve the first four but not the nightclub." Councillor John Burden said: "I would welcome a decent club in Gravesend. My problem is that I don't think this is the right location for it. I think the context of where it is with the other pubs in the area, it is just in the wrong location. " The bingo hall has lain unused for the past 18 months.

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